Srinagar, Oct 1 (UNI) The finals of the state-level debate on '' Gandhian Philosophy of Truth and Non-Violence and its Relevance in 21st century'' will be held tomorrow on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and telecast live on Doordarshan.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will be the chief guest at the function to be held at Sher-e-Kashmir Convention Complex on the bank of Dal Lake.
The local Kendra of Doordarshan will telecast live the finals of the state-level contest.
Mr Azad had said the concluding round of the debate would be telecast live as was agreed by Information and Broadcasting Minister, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.
Mr Dasmunsi had said the concluding event would be aired live on national channel, Mr Azad informed.
The debate on 'Gandhian philosophy...' has evoked a tremendous response in schools and colleges, with over 50,000 students participating in different tiers of the competition across the state.
Interestingly, Muslim students have fared well emerging as six of the total eight school-category finalists and six of the 11 college-level finalists of the debate, which started on September 1. Female students constitute 50 per cent of the finalists in the school category.
''The overwhelming response is an indication of the popularity of the Gandhian philosophy, especially his doctrine of non-violence, among the younger generation'', says the Chief Minister, on whose idea this state-wide debate was being organised.
The debate was being held simultaneously for school and college students with the first prize carrying a cash award of Rs one lakh, second prize of Rs 50,000 and two 3rd prizes of Rs 25,000 in both the categories.
The enthusiasm shown by the students throughout the state, particularly in Kashmir, has overjoyed the officials of higher and school education departments.
As many as 47,924 students of high and higher secondary schools, including 23,352 from Kashmir division, took part in various tiers of the debate.
The competition was organised at school, zonal, district and divisional level. The divisional level round was concluded on September 22.
Altogether, 1508 higher secondary and high schools participated in the debate. Of this, the majority of 834 schools and 31 colleges were from Kashmir.