Youth Parliament 2016 – Youth Engagement in Governance

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We all have till today participated in various Model United nations discussing on various topics that concern the human society as a whole. It has always given out insights from the young minds across this generation and developed new perspectives on how these issues can be solved, be it a war or a disease.

But now, as a country, it is time we look into our own problems, solve them and develop as a country out of issues that have not allowed many of us to get freedom even after 69 years of independence.

Youth Parliament is a simulation of the parliament wherein the youth represent the platform to assimilate and discuss issues pressing on our country, expectedly with much less chaos and more expectations of results. Looking at the bigger picture, Youth Parliament is a pavement that gives way to a chain of solution based approaches towards sensitive issues faced by us on a daily basis.

The theme for the Second Youth Parliament 2016 is Youth Engagement in Governance.  In any country or society, one would find people blaming the government and the system for each and every issue, a society would face. What one needs to understand is that it’s easy to  blame the government for not taking the right measures or not delivering any results on due time but it’s difficult to be a part of the same system to make governance more effective and constructive. Some may also blame the very lack of such spaces and platforms where Youth can be a part of such constructive processes and also contribute towards governance.

Sauhard Youth Parliament 2016 is a platform where we are inviting creative ideas of youth engagement in Governance. Young people can focus on any one of the below mentioned three broad topics and come up with creative ideas around it.

  • Youth’s role in maintaining Law & Order in society:
  1. Prevention of Criminal Violence: India is one country which reports a lot of crime – with a crime rate of 581.1 per 100,000 of the population – but whose lawmakers hardly discuss it, except when a monstrosity like Nirbhaya or Aarushi takes place. We are again a country where crime is not a subject of debate before a general election. A government in any country that fails to control crime – not merely in terms of statistics, but in respect of perceptions as well – is usually pilloried, and the party that runs it, is invariably punished. Hence, through creative engagements, youth can participate to help the law protectors to control the crime rate in the country.
  2. Build Spaces for Diverse Communities to Coexist: The diversity in India is unique. Being a large country with large population. India presents endless varieties of physical features and cultural patterns. It is the land of many languages it is only in India people professes all the major religions of the world. In short, India is “the epitome of the world”. The vast population is composed of people having diverse creeds, customs and colors. But the grass isn’t all green when we hear of diversity that exists in this country. Hence, the youth can help to build spaces and opportunities for the different communities mix and match.
  3. Create Platforms for Constructive Dialogues among Youth:

To work in synchronization amongst the youth, there needs to be certain platforms where all could gather and have constructive dialogues to plan and act. Henceforth, the youth can create platforms for peaceful coexistence.

  • Bridging Youth and Government Bodies:
  1. Formal/ Informal Partnerships with Local Govt. Bodies: In order to have efficient results, the youth will need to partner up with the local government bodies. These partnerships that will be formed could be formally processed or be carried out informally. Hence, creative ways of collaborations with the government is appreciated here.
  2. Youth’s Contribution in Empowering Existing Mechanisms: We already know of existing laws and schemes for various aspects. But how can the youth contribute towards the same? This can help bridge the gap between the government and the people. Awareness and indulgence towards such schemes and laws provided is one of the ways for empowerment.

Eligibility:

Any individual from 16 to 22 years of age is free to participate. The age limit for applicants who are currently pursuing M.Phil/ Ph.D. is 28 years. However, an applicant may or may not represent an institution ( school/ college/ university).

NOTE: The staff of YP reserves the right to investigate the eligibility of any applicant and expel any individual determined to be ineligible for participation. Any individual who does not meet the above criteria, who registers in affiliation with an institution that he/she does not attend, or wo is otherwise found to be in violation of the YP terms and conditions will be considered ineligible for participation.

Last date of registration is. Beyond this date no application will be accepted. In case of extension or availability of empty slots, the applications after this date shall be considered only on first come- first serve basis.

AWARDS:

There is NO prize money. All the participants who are selected for the YP 2016 shall be awarded a certificate of participation.

Registration:

Registration Form (Click here)

A confirmation mail shall be sent to all the candidates once we receive their applications. The confirmation can either be via Email/ phone, we would discourage confirmation being sent over by SMS or Whatsapp. Email and phone call will be appreciated.

If a minor is registering for YP 2016, your parents/ guardians are deemed to have agreed and accepted al the terms on behalf of you. 

Process:

A session prior to the conference shall be held. This session will be mandatory for all the selected participants to attend as that will be the first round of the conference. This session will also be a facilitating orientation for all the participants. The conference is bifurcated into 3 rounds. The first round will be the orientation itself where in individuals will be allocated their topic of debate. The date of the first round will be announced later.

The second and the third round will be held on the conference day, i.e. December 2016. These two rounds will basically put to test the participants’ analytical and brainstorming skills. The last round essentially will be the voting round in order to pass a bill.

The participants will be required to work individually as well as in the groups as and when the conference session requires them to be. All the sessions will be moderated by a chair, a co-chair and a rapporteur. These panel members for the sessions will be announced soon.

For ANY queries please contact: Malhar Choksi: M) 8866294210

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