SOC holds first ever Youth Parliament2 min read
Manipal: School Of Communication (SOC) held its first ever Youth Parliament on April 13 in their college auditorium. The two day affair was conducted by the first year undergraduate students as part of their curriculum in the subject Constitutional Law and Media Ethics.
The professor of the concerned subject, Shreeraj Gudi said, “It is for the first time that a Youth Parliament was conducted in this college. It was purely on an experimental basis but we look forward to organising such events on a larger scale.”
A voting session was conducted ten days before the actual parliamentary session, to elect the Speaker, Vice President and Prime Minister. A coalition government was formed due to lack of a clear majority, and the party with the highest number of votes formed the Opposition.
On the first day of the mock parliament, there were heated arguments between the Ruling Party and the Opposition on the topic of Article 370, with the ruling party opposing permanence of the article. The session ended with the Leader of the Opposition, Shariq Khan and all the members walking out of the parliament house after majority of the votes went in favour of the ruling government. The last day was comparatively more peaceful and the government laid down The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2015. it was called ‘idealistic’ but was supported by the Opposition.
Nishita Kini, Minister of Women and Child Development said, “This Youth Parliament was a wonderful idea. I think it is very important for us to understand politics before criticizing it. Being a minister for two days was a tough job. I got to learn a lot about Article 370 and the Land Acquisition Bill. I only wish I had more time to prepare for it.”
The sessions commenced with a welcome address by Dr Nandini Lakshmikantha, Director of SOC, and an inaugural address by Chief guest Prakash Karive, Principal of Vaikunta Balika College of Law.
Edited by Antara Krishnamurthy