Three-day ‘mock UN meet’ begins at DAV

Bhubaneswar: A unique three-day long ‘mock United Nations (UN) conference’ was inaugurated by Law and Panchayati Raj minister Arun Kumar Sahoo at the Chandrasekharpur campus of DAV Public School here today.

Around 150 students from Odisha and neighbouring States participated in the programme organized under the aegis of Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN), Mumbai. The event aims at making students aware of the international issues and their solution through the United Nations.

Core issues like disarmament, world peace, eradication of poverty, improvement of bilateral relations, combating deadly diseases will be discussed in the conference spanning over six technical sessions in three days.

In his inaugural address, the minister said, “Apart from studying, students should also involve themselves in constructive social issues. They should inculcate the true ideals of great leaders like Gandhiji and Netaji.”

“Schools now-a-days cater to the leadership instinct of the students community. Students should stay prepared to face all types of challenges in their life as they are the future leaders of a nation,” Sahoo added.

Delivering the welcome address, principal of the host school and regional director of DAV Institutions K.C. Satapathy emphasized on the establishment of a knowledge society.

Speaking to this correspondence, the organisation’s director-general Pranav Jain, who was in the city to oversee the event, said, “This is the first time we came to Odisha to organize this event.”

Started in 2012, IIMUN conducts 30 conferences each year in different cities in the country. A documentary was shown about its aims and objectives.

Among others, DAV-Kalinga Nagar principal Bipin Kumar Sahoo, Indira Bhattacharya and Saron Singh Mokha were also on the dais as guests.

The troupe of Raghurajpur presented the classical Gotipua dance to enthrall the audience. Pramod Patra and Sarbadaman Singh of the host school anchored the programme.