|Manik Chandra Barooah Memorial Debating Competition
Manik Chandra Barooah, a legendary figure and statesman was an institution by himself. It was the result of the untiring efforts of this great man that Cotton College came into being in 1901. It was he who convinced the then British rulers and authorities of the need of facilities for higher education in the Brahmaputra valley.
As a token of respect and gratefulness to Manik Chandra Barooah, Cotton College Union Society (CCUS) has been organizing the Manik Chandra Barooah (MCB) Memorial Debating Competition since 1979. The 1st MCB Memorial Debating Competition was held in 1979 as a state level competition. Over the years, the competition has grown manifold and been organized as a national level competition since the 1990s. Many eminent personalities and Parliamentarians like Dinesh Goswami, Arun Shourie, Mani Sankar Aiyar, Purna A. Sangma, Maneka Gandhi, L.N. Mishra, Sitaram Yechury and many others have graced the competition as the Speakers at different points of time. Every year, the MCB Debating Competition is held in the 2nd week of September. This competition has been providing a platform for discussion on current affairs and problems facing the society, emerging as a keen forum for social and intellectual consciousness of the state.