2nd Prof. Anil Thakur Memorial National Debate Competition by Panjab University, Chandigarh [Offline; Cash Prizes worth 10k] (Nov 10): Register by Oct 30

Prof. (Dr.) Kumar Thakur Debating Society, Department of Laws, Panjab University Chandigarh is organising the 2nd Prof. Anil Kumar Thakur Memorial National Debate Competition on November 10, 2022 on the theme “Same Sex Marriages: Rejection or Recognition?”

About the Organiser

The Department of Laws is located at the University Campus in Chandigarh. The Department always strives to create new opportunities for its students.

About the Opportunity

The Department of Laws is organizing the 2nd Prof. Anil Thakur Memorial National Debate Competition to be held on November 10, 2022, in Memory of Prof.(Dr) Anil Kumar Thakur. The decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Navtej Singh Johar v. Union of India ignited a nationwide debate on the recognition of same-sex marriage when it ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected under the fundamental Right to Equality. 

India does not recognize same-sex marriages and its codified matrimonial laws neither explicitly recognize nor prohibit same-sex unions. Supporters of same-sex marriages referring to the principles of non-discrimination and equality contend that gay and lesbian couples should be treated no differently than their heterosexual counterparts and they should be permitted to marry like others.

However, social conservatives and others who oppose same-sex unions assert that marriage between a man and a woman is the bedrock of a healthy society and this union is based on age-old customs, rituals, practices, cultural ethos and societal values, thus exists a “legitimate state interest” in preventing same-sex couples from marrying.

Thus, this competition provides an opportunity to students to show their debating skills on the topic “Same-Sex Marriages: Rejection or Recognition”.


Any undergraduate student from any discipline is eligible to take part in this competition. Only one team per university/ college/Institute is allowed to take part in the competition.

Online registration with payment of fee is mandatory to confirm the registration. The registration form is required to be sealed and signed by the concerned person of the university/ college/Institute. Students from the Host Department are barred from applying for this event.


Department of Laws, Panjab University, Chandigarh, 

Registration Procedure

Students need to register by filling the online form given at the end of the post and have to bring a duly filled, sealed, and signed hard copy/print of the registration form enclosed along with the information booklet. 

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Fee details

Registration fee without accommodation  INR 500/- per team and with accommodation INR 1,000/- per team. 

Bank Details

  • A/c Holder Name: HEAD DEPTT OF LAW MISC
  • A/c Number: 10444977656
  • IFSC: SBIN0000742


  • Winner Team: Cash Prize of INR 5000/- + Trophy + Certificate
  • Runner-Up Team: Cash Prize of INR 2000/- + Trophy + Certificate
  • Best Team: Cash Prize of INR 2000/- + Trophy + Certificate
  • Best Debater: Cash Prize of INR 1000/- + Trophy + Certificate


Online Registration on or before October 30, 2022 or the first 24 team registration along with payment of fee, whichever is earlier. 

Contact information

In case of queries, contact Dr. Manisha Garg, Assistant Professor, +91 99887 49884 Ms. Anu JRF+91-9876822827 Mr. Pawan Sharma Research Scholar+91-9041228938 Email id – lawsdebat2022[at]

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