The UTHAN Youth Parliament

The UTHAN Youth Parliament, 2018-19 was organized by UNNATI, a non-profit organisation that aims at encouraging Youth Parliament where the youth is involved in discussions and debates about issues that concern India in particular unlike MUN where focus is given on global issues. The event was held on 20-21 January, 2018 at National Faculty of Social Sciences, North Campus. The participants came from all over Delhi NCR, between age groups of 11-24 years. There were about 400 students who took part in the parliamentary discussions and Nirmal Bhartia School had the largest school delegation in the youth parliament. The event comprised of four committees: National Security Council (NSC), All India Political Party Meet (AIPPM), Lok Sabha and Stakeholders Meet. The four committees covered different topics such as: Rohingya’s Crisis, Gujarat Riots, Right to Privacy and Censor Board with Lipstick under My Burkha and PK respectively. The learners of today will be the leaders of tomorrow, the aim of the event was to awaken the youth about the problems that concern the nation and how can those problems be possibly resolved. The delegates gave their opinions about the designated topics. The focus was more on open debates and the committees came up with resolutions for their particular crisis. Few days prior to the event, an orientation was organized by the UNNATI organisation that was conducted by the Vice President of UTHAN. In the orientation, students from classes 6-10 were briefed about the structure, rules and regulations, code of conduct, etc. of the Youth Parliament. Functioning of different committees were explained in great detail in order build confidence in students about Youth Parliament and enable them to identify their area of interest with respect to different committees. Students from NiBS confidently participated in the youth parliament and won awards: Best speaker won by Aadit Paul and Arihant, Best Caricaturist won by Aditi Deshpande and Honorable mention won by Pratham Malik, Mehul Bakhuni and Harshaditya Das. The event boosted confidence in the participants and made them even more proactive towards such events. Through participating in such events we aim at sensitizing students about the concerning issues, value of expression and the importance of negotiations at national level to prevent society from escalating into chaos. It was an enriching experience to see young students putting forth their opinions with confidence and rationality.