Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Model United Nations, a unique platform bringing together motivated and talented students by providing them with a forum for meaningful debates on the issues significant to the international community, had its third edition on 3 and 4 of November 2016.The conference witnessed the substantive excellence showcased by 48 contestants representing various schools in Kuwait.
The formal inaugural ceremony was organized in the school auditorium at 9 am. The proceedings of the day unfurled with the traditional lighting of the lamp followed by the UN Anthem. Ms. Josephine Moss, UN Co-ordination Specialist in the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kuwait, the chief guest of the day, formally inaugurated the function, addressing the gathering with her enlightening words on the topic, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG-2030) of the UN. She called for a collaborative effort by the student community and the UN for achieving a technically advanced society which is sustainable in nature. She also suggested that there can be deliberations on Human Rights violations, in the forthcoming editions of BMUN. She highlighted the fact that youth of today, the future diplomats should have ability to solve problems and to shoulder responsibilities for which these kinds of stimulations of UN pave a path. The ceremony proceeded with “Gavel Handing over” by Mr. T. Premkumar, Principal Indian Educational School, Kuwait
The third edition was diverse by all means as there were four parallel committees such as The General Assembly deliberating on Brexit and its aftermath and on Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), The Historic Security Council debating on Kargil War with a freeze period of May 1999, ICC (International Cricket Council) an unconventional committee, which is first of its kind to be done on a UN platform discussing on “Impact Of Premier Leagues on Cricket”. Last but not the least the World Media Council “WMC” where students played the role of reporters and were presenting their reports from their respective committees on an hourly basis. The committee was adjourned by 3 in the evening of the first day with updates leading to its next day’s progress. The second day of the event started well on time sharp at 8:30 in the morning with the delegates back with a determination to own a trophy back while dispersing. The committee proceedings had the framing and voting of the draft resolutions officially drafted by different blocs within the committee. The programme was officially adjourned by the secretary general.
The valedictory function started at 11 am with the welcome note by Mr. Sriee Aswathaman, one of the organizing heads of the committee. Mr. Mahesh Iyer, the Principal of SMART Indian School was the guest of honor. Mr. T. Premkumar, the principal, Indian Educational School and Mr. Suresh.V. Balakrishnan, the Senior Vice Principal, Indian Educational School, also addressed the gathering. The much awaited moment of the event, the prize distribution ceremony was hosted by Shiv Govind Dahima, the secretary general of BMUN -2016. The trophies for Best Delegate and Best Position Paper for each committee were given away by the dignitaries of the function. The overall trophy of BMUN 2016 was bagged by FAIPS-DPS Kuwait.
Addressing the gathering, Mr. Mahesh Iyer, reminisced an incident from the life of his role model Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam where Dr. Kalam contradicted a dream of a teacher on cloning her student as another Kalam. He wanted the child to scale greater heights instead, and soar through the indefinite space flapping his wings of fire. Citing the incident, Mr. Mahesh Iyer bore down on the importance of each one having his own custom made identity in order to make a distinguishing mark in the society. Mr. T. Premkumar Principal IES, while addressing the gathering, acknowledged the efficient portrayal of togetherness and professionalism by the Core Committee comprising of Shiv Govind Dahima, Dhruv Jani, Raj Bankoda, Akash Kalantre, Urvish Chokshi, Rohit Chandrahas, Pankuri Bhabdari, Srivatsan, and Sai Krishnan, the students of Indian Educational School. He also expressed his gratitude to the principals of participating schools for accepting the invitation and promised that BMUN 2017 would be a “MUN with lot of FUN”. Mr. Suresh.V. Balakrishnan, the Senior Vice principal, Indian Educational School, made a strong mark in his speech emphasizing the necessities of leadership qualities amongst the future generations and expressed his contentment in the paramount manifestation of leadership qualities at BMUN-2016.Ms. Meenakshi Nayyar, the Chief Organizer of the BMUN 2016, proposed the vote of thanks.
In conclusion, the BMUN-2016 was truly a perfect contest for the students of Indian schools in Kuwait, with the noble intention of transforming the present-day students into true global citizens with a vision for the future.