CICERO’S CHALLENGE 2006 was a three-day mega event organized by ‘The Indian Institute of Planning and Management’, New Delhi. Forming a part of this grand event were schools from all over the country, which competed with each other in various competitions.

It was held on the 21st and 22nd of April, 2006 at IIPM’s International Campus, New Delhi. Over 60 schools from all over the country participated in this mega event and the head count on the first event rose to over 3,000 that did not seem to decline for the next two days. The IIPM students had single handedly organized the entire event and every single arrangement from food, lodging and travelling was taken care of by IIPM.

The first day of the event saw the young budding Cicero’s reach the venue from their hotels sharp at 9:00am, armed with words to fight the battle. The main attraction on the first day was the debate competition that saw over 1000 participants. The ones who made it through to the first round finally took up the CICERO’S CHALLENGE 2006 – GREAT INDIAN DEBATE COMPETITION.

The other major event of the first day was the “Rock Competition”. The Finalists from different schools and colleges took part in this competition but finally; the show was rocked over by Modern School, Barakhamba who beat their close competitor from Cambridge School. The non debaters were not left disheartened as the other events like, “Dare Acts”, “Quiz Competition”, “Collage Making”, “Face Making Competition”, “Choreography Competition”, “Rock Climbing”, “Creative Writing” etc, streamed throughout the day.

The second day started with the biggest event of all, “CICERO’S CHALLENGE 2006 – GREAT INDIAN DEBATE COMPETITION”. The winners of the preliminary round of the debate competition finally competed together for the prestigious Cicero’s challenge Trophy. The topic for the grand Finale was: The Great Indian Dream: “It is a Question of Evolution, Not Revolution”. The debate topic swooshed up the environment with the student’s strong logic and justification. The exposure of their knowledge, oratory skills and confidence captivated the souls of all the spectators present there. The finalists for the competition were Sanskriti School, Doon School, Mayo School, DPS-RKP, Modern School-Barakhamba, out of which Varun Vaish of Sanskrirti School was proved the best in the pool ok knowledge who won the cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh. The second prize went to the combined winner Chinmaya Kulkarni from Ferguson College-Pune and Rishab Animesh from Bishop Cotton College; and last but not the least the third prize went to Sankalp from National Public School, Bangalore.

The Judges of the debate competition included Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri, Dean, IIPM, Ms. Malvika Tewari, actress and stained glass designer and Mr. Gautam Bimani, the famous commentator from ESPN-the role models for all the students who had always been influencing them by their oratory prowess. The whole atmosphere was made all the more interesting and lively by the awesome mix of wits and entertaining comments from the moderator of the competition, Cyrus Sahookar, MTV VJ.
The other highlighted event of the day was the “High School Personality Contest”. The various interesting rounds saw participants project their abilities to the best, but in the end, Kartick Jain from Modern High School and Upasana, from Bangalore came out with flying colors.

The two day event was a great success in the presence of leading academicians, high profile celebrities, socialites, style icons amongst the enthusiastic, young student mass. This two day extravaganza came to a delightful end with the performance by the International Rock Band from Pakistan, STRINGS. The main intention of this rock show was to create AIDS/HIV awareness campaign. It was a rocking evening full of enthusiasm, songs, dancing and loud entertaining crowd with the intention of delivering the silent social message, which brought a happy ending to Cicero’s Challenge 2006.