Even five months after clinching the National Parliamentary Debate Competition organised by UT administration’s Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology, the winners are being made to run from pillar to post to get the prize money of Rs 30,000.
Not only this, top three adjudicators were also to get Rs 16,000 as cash award. Besides, the runner ups and semi-finalists were assured prize money of Rs 20,000 and Rs 16,000, respectively, soon after the event that was held in April this year. But none of these winners were paid the amount as promised.
The college promoted the event as first of its kind national debate competition and formatted it on three on three style debating tournament. Accordingly, a three member team from a Kolkata institute competed in the tournament and clinched the competition, only to face harassment at a later stage. Abhimanyu, one of the team members, said in his mail sent to the college authorities that the prize money offered in the event was a major factor for the participation in the competition.
“Soon after the event, we were abruptly told that the prize money was reduced to Rs 20,000 and will be sent to us in July. But when we contacted the convenor of the debating society, she didn’t respond to our repeated messages, emails and calls,” he said.
He said one of their representatives, who went to the college to discuss the issue, was assured by the faculty that the money would be delivered to them by the first week of August, but they had neither received money nor certificates. “We are bitterly disappointed as we had participated in the event with the hope that we would be given prizes. The non-deliverance of the prize money, along with failure to respond to communication, does not form such conduct,” he said.
When contacted, college principal Manpreet Singh said the event was organised by the college students and due to their mismanagement, the prize money to all winners could not be delivered on time.
“We have taken up the matter with the local administration on priority and we will deliver the assured prize money to all winners of the competition very soon,” he said