WSDC 2010

Team India at World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) 2010, Doha, Qatar


At WSDC 2010, India proceeded to the octofinals for the first time ever. They won 6 out of the 8 debates in their preliminary rounds, losing finally in the Octofinals to England. Aditi and Sanchit placed in the top 100 speakers in the World in the open category. Rama Sudev was on the adjudication panel in the semi-final.


  • Siddarth Shrikanth: Siddarth recently received a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. He debated for India in 2010, 2011, and 2013. He finished as the 2nd best English as a Second Language(ESL) Speaker at WSDC 2013. He has continued to debate at Oxford, getting to the Semi-final at the LSE open 2015. He also served as the student body president at Oxford in 2015. He will be consulting as a business analyst for McKinsey and Company from September 2016.
  • Sanchith Shivakumar: Sanchith graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences(NUJS), Kolkata. He debated for India at WSDC 2009, 2010 and 2011 and represented ISDS in New Zealand in 2011. He was adjudged the 8th best ESL speaker at WSDC 2011. He continued to debate actively for his university, reaching the quarterfinals at the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot, and being placed among the top 10 oralists at the tournament.
  • Chethana Venkataraghavan: Chethana graduated from GNLU, Gandhinagar before beginning work with Cyril AmarchandMangaldas in 2017. She debated for India in 2010, and represented ISDS at New Zealand in 2011. She was a finalist in the Asia Pacific Round of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. She also leads an initiative in her university that provides support to victims of sexual abuse.
  • Madhulika Srikumar: Madhulika has graduated from GNLU, Gandhinagar. She was among the top ten oralists in the 5th Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court Competition, Boston, 2012. She was awarded the second place in a case study competition conducted at Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
  • Aditi Aggarwal: Aditi has graduated from the Humanities programme in IIT Madras with an MA in Development Studies.. She was adjudged 2nd out of 4000 teams in Manthan (National Public Policy Competition) for designing a cooperative system model to provide children with access to healthy meals to counter micronutrient malnutrition in children of age group 0 – 6 years. She is now headed to the University of Illinois to do her PhD.


Sayeqa Islam

Sayeqa is a veteran in the international debate circuit. She debated for New Zealand at the World Schools Debating Championships(WSDC) 1999 and went on to have an illustrious college debating career at Victoria Wellington University.  She has been in the final of the UT Mara Australasian Debating Championship 2007 where she was also best speaker. She has also won the Cambridge Inter Varsity 2007 and the London School of Economics(LSE) Open 2010. She has also served on the Chief Adjudication panel at multiple international debating tournaments including the Australasian Debating Championship 2009 and Oxford Inter Varsity 2011.

Also undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the world, she has coached the New Zealand WSDC team to the quarterfinals in 2004. She took the Indian team to the knockout rounds in each of her three stints as coach in 2010, 2012, and 2013, as well as the England team at WSDC 2015. She coached the highly successful school, Dulwich College, in London.


Sithara Rasheed

Sithara Rasheed graduated with an MA in Development Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Madras in 2015 and with an MA in International and Development Economics from Yale University in 2016. She debated for India at WSDC 2008 and 2009 and coached the team representing the Indian Schools Debating Society(ISDS) at the Russell McVeagh Debating Championship(RMcV), New Zealand, in 2011.

The team was managed by Mrs. Rama J Sudev.

ISDS has consistently provided intense coaching in debate to hundreds of students, with the ultimate aim of inspiring organized thought and speech in the minds of children between the ages of 13 and 18.

ISDS has represented India in several international debating competitions, including the World Schools Debating Championship, since its inception in 2008.