The first day of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar PUMUN successfully took place at University Institute of Legal Studies on April 29, 2017. The event started at 10 in the morning, with high spirits, and zeal added with a little bit of nervousness among the delegates. This was followed by honoring the chief guests, Lt. Gen. K. J. Singh (PVSM, AVSM), Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha, Prof. Rakesh Dutta (Dept. of Defense and National Security Studies, PU), Prof. Ratan Singh (UILS), Mr. Rushil Sharma and Prof. Kamla (Dept. of Political Science, PU) by presenting them a bouquet.
PUMUN was divided into three committees, United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Historic Security Council and All India Political Parties Meet. And participants ranged from students from high school (9th grade) to students from different colleges.
After Lt. Gen. K.J. Singh and Lt. Gen. Iqbal Singh Singha addressed the delegates on their approach and working of the committees, PU anthem was played and the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar PUMUN was declared open.
Soon after, all the delegates scattered into their respective committees, in three different halls. The delegates were quickly debriefed on the various rules and etiquettes to be followed by them.
Each delegate presented a member of a political party and had to play his or her role respectively. All India Political Parties Meet was addressed by PM Narendra Modi, after which the issue of ‘political unrest in universities’ was raised. Incidents in other universities like that of Kanhaiya Kumar in Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, and Gurney Kaur in Ramjas College in Delhi University were brought to the fore and debated upon.
A myriad of views and arguments were tabled by the delegates on the aforesaid issue, and Although no obvious conclusions could be drawn out, there was clarity of matter achieved through unwrapping of facts and propositions.
After a long session of debate, delegates were given a lunch break to regain their energy and also have time to get to know each other.
After the break the delegates resumed the deliberations in their respective committees. The All India Political Parties Meet (AIPPM) had the much required discussion on the education in Punjab, focusing on the PU Fee- hike this year.
After this motion was laid, the opposition raised questions regarding the loopholes in the administration of PU and the violence against students during the fee-hike protest. The way things were handled by police was a breach of ‘freedom of speech.’
Brijesh from the Executive Board, negated the speculations of the clashes between the police and students and declared that “a 200% increase in the grant will be made for Panjab University”. While the intel-reports of AISA students involved in stone pelting was also denied.
The United Nations Historic Security Council (UNHSC) continued discussing the ongoing civil war in Angola, bearing the responsibility of international peace and security. The General Assembly (GA), Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) conferred the South China sea disputes. As USA is one of the countries conducting ‘freedom of navigation’ in the mentioned region, the USA delegate had some serious questions to answer. The delegate of Pakistan pointed out that warships like these provide incentives and thus are a threat. He also questioned the hypocritical stand taken by USA for welfare of eastern countries referring to the atomic attack on Japan during the Second World War.
Malvika Awasthi of the EB appealed that the main focus on the next day should be on the solutions of the issues discussed.
The delegates had their spirits high in the anticipation of the proceedings on the next day and deriving a conclusion which should fulfill the purpose of PUMUN.
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