Startup India Stand up India, Dream or Reality: BIG FIGHT at Jagran Lakecity University

The most anticipated annual event of JLU School of Commerce and Economics, where students from across various universities and colleges come to battle their way through the ‘Big Fight’ finally happened on 12th February 2018.

The stage was set, while the participants sat waiting for their turn to draw out their weapon and strike a blow hard enough to win them the bout. As projected, the annual debate competition at JLU School of Commerce and Economics was a massive hit with respect to the kind of enthusiasm and footfall the campus witnessed.


The event was graced by many dignitaries including the Guest of Honor, Prof. (Dr.) A.D.N. Bajpai, (Professor at Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur and Ex Vice Chancellor Shimla University, Shimla), Chief Guest, Honorable Chancellor, Jagran Lakecity University, Shri. Hari Mohan Gupta, Judges Prof. (Dr.) H.S. Yadav, (Ex Vice Chancellor, Oriental University and Professor, RPEG, BU, Bhopal) and Mr. Rajeev Agarwal (Renowned Industrialist). The topic was ‘Startup India Standup India, a Dream or a Reality.’ Various opponents from distinguished universities and colleges spoke in rounds to present their views for, or against the motion respectively.


Startup India as announced by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 15th August 2015 is an initiative by the Government of India to empower the startups in India. Its action plan is based on three pillars namely: Simplification and Handholding, Funding Support and Incentives, Industry-Academia Partnership and Incubation. A staggering fund of INR 10,000 crore has been set up as a financial support to the start-ups. With this, the youth of India that is budding with various phenomenal ideas can implement them without being worried about the absence of funds, infrastructure or other support from the Government of India. The topic did hold a strong ground for the speakers for the motion.


‘The initiative looks very pleasant however, does it work on the ground realities?’ was the main argument raised by the speakers against the motion. Owing to its low success rate and various other loopholes in the plan of action, the initiative is not as effective as it could have been.
The debate was concluded on the note that though the idea of Startup India is a great initiative, to optimize its results, the policy makers of India need to rectify its ambiguities.


Deborah Rebecca Sam from BSSS Bhopal bagged the winning trophy in for the motion whereas Amaan Khan from JagranLakecity University brought the laurel home in against the motion category. Trishala Singh from IEHE, Bhopal and Akshat Bahety from JLU Bhopal both bagged the first runner up trophy in ‘against’ and ‘for’ the motion categories respectively. Abhijeet Das from Makhanlal University, Bhopal and Pooja Singh from IEHE, Bhopal bagged the second runner up trophies in ‘against’ and ‘for’ the motion categories respectively.

The event turned out to be full of excitement with the arguments that came from the opposite podiums. The audience left the auditorium looking forward to this event next year.