Diverse opinions galore at Karnavati University Youth Parliament of India 3.0

A Karnavati University note on the Youth Parliament of India 3.0 held at the campus:

A series of fierce debates and meaningful discussion and discourse on a range of topics of national importance, namely the National Education Policy 2020 and Elections 2024 were the key highlights of the second and final day of Youth Parliament of India 3.0, which was organised on Sunday at Karnavati University, situated in Uvarsad, Gandhinagar.

Minister of Education, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat, Shri Jitubhai Vaghani; along with Shri Sunil Deodhar, national secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP); Ms Atishi Marlena, MLA of the Delhi Legislative Assembly; Dr Dalbir Singh, chairman, one globe forum and National Secretary, Indian National Congress; Shri Suparno Moitra, founder, Indian Public Policy Foundation; Prof Bhagwati Prakash Sharma, former vice chancellor, Gautam Buddh University; and Shri Dushyanth Sridhar, speaker, writer, researcher and director on Ancient Vedic Scriptures, were the key panellists for the session on NEP 2020.

Sharing his thoughts, Dr Dalbir Singh, chairman, One Globe Forum and national secretary, Indian National Congress, said, To be globally competitive, we need to grow at 9-10% every year. India has a glorious heritage and enough diversity and world class institutions too. The new education policy is based on the principle that education must focus on development of ability and creativity to think rationally. We must make education holistic, inquiry-driven and value-added. At the same time, students must also gain wisdom and become responsible citizens moving towards the task of nation building.

Ms Atishi Marlena, MLA in the Delhi Legislative Assembly highlighted the need for a new education policy. Growing dropout rates from government schools owing to a poor quality of education in these schools is a major concern, whereas private education is barely affordable. Education is often becoming obsolete and major life skills are amiss from the entire educational set up. National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a great wishlist for what the education should be there, but it seldom lays forward. Till we dont have a motivation, plan and a way of implementing plan, it is merely a wishlist. This is what we really need to look at our policy when it comes to its implementation, she said.

Speaking about the operations of government schools in Gujarat, Jitu Vaghani, Minister for Education, Higher and Technical Education, Science and Technology, Govt of Gujarat, said, State-run schools in Gujarat are offering quality education and this is clear because around four lakh students took quit private schools across the state to secure admission in government schools of Gujarat. We have set up a command and control centre to supervise government schools. Officials from other states also visit this centre so that similar centres can be set up in other states.

The second session, Elections 2024 Ek Se Badhkar Ek, saw insightful inputs from Shri Devusinh Chauhan, MoS Communications, Government of India; Shri Harsh Sanghvi, MoS for Home; Sports, Youth Service and Cultural Activities, Government of Gujarat; Shri Tanveer Ahmed Ullah; National spokesperson, Janta Dal (Secular); Shri Brijesh Kalappa; Advocate, Supreme Court of India; and Shri Anand Narasimhan, managing editor, senior anchor, Network 18.

Speaking of the Elections 2024 Ek Se Badh Kar Ek, Shri Brijesh Kalapa, Advocate with the Supreme Court of India, said, Ahead of every election, there has invariably been a decline in popularity of a leader. In the current scenario, people have pointed out that factors such as mishandling of the second wave of Covid-19, price rise and farm laws have led to a certain leaders popularity. IN this scenario, it remains to be seen how the people will decide.

Shri Devusinh Chauhan, MoS Communications Government of India, said, A clear mandate is very necessary for a good governance. Bold decisions are taken only when there is a clear mandate. The youth has to think how a clear mandate can be brought about.

Speaking about the upcoming general elections in context of democracy, Shri Tanveer Ahmed Ullah, National Spokesperson, Janta Dal (Secular), said, The sole mantra of democracy is criticism and accepting criticism. The Mount Everest is easy but political everest in India is very difficult. India is not Gujarat, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu. The youth and people of this country are the face of India. Politics in India must bring a change to your and my life. The elections 2024 must be about achievements and criticism and people must not fall in the trap of social media.

Shri Harsh Sanghvi, MoS for Home; Sports, Youth Service and Cultural Activities, Government of Gujarat, said, Computers and technology were there even before 2014. But today India has Startup India to enable entrepreneurship amongst the youth of this country.

Former Gujarat Chief Minister, Shri Vijay Rupani along with Former Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Nitinbhai Patel along with Former Minister of State for Home, Government of Gujarat, Shri Pradipsinh Jadeja remained present as the special guests at the valedictory ceremony of the third edition of Youth Parliament of India 3.0.

In his concluding remarks, Dr Rutvij Patel, Executive Director, United Group and Former State President BJYM, said, The two days of Youth Parliament 3.0 concluded with a series of discourses on issues of national importance. We take a lot of pride in bringing together young speakers, giving them a platform to present their ideas and creating a meaningful discussion and debate by political representatives from different parties in addition to public policy and legal experts.

Mr. Ritesh Hada, President, Karnavati University, said, The Youth Parliament is an earnest attempt at raising the level of political discourse by sensitising the youth and making them active stakeholders in the country’s political process. In these times of diverse political opinions in the backdrop of social media and information overload, it is an imperative for academic institutions like ours to create a platform for inclusive political debate and catalyse youth participation in the country’s politics.

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