A TRYST WITH DIPLOMACY
Model United Nations (also called Model UN or MUN) is an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalisation and multilateral diplomacy. In Model UN, students take on roles as foreign diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organisation (IGO). Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Most Model United Nation participants at the conference level today are undergraduates, graduates and doctoral students.
MUN has become so popular that it is being offered as a course in some universities. It is not what it used to be in the early days, where participants were mostly college and high school students. Today, Model United Nations has greatly matured and expanded. It is now practised all over the world on almost every continent.
Bhawanipur Education Society College (BESC), Calcutta, organised Assembly of Nations (AON), the first inter college MUN under the University of Calcutta from August 24 to 26. The event witnessed participation of delegates from Egypt, Indonesia, the UK and other nations. It was a promising platform for experienced and passionate participants as well as first timers. We had five committees dealing with issues such as health, politics, disarmament and the environment. Its aim was to play a key role in seeking a safer world while at the same time assisting the leaders of tomorrow in creating a multifaceted view of the various conflicts that humanity faces today. The chief guest at the event was Damiano Francovigh.
Mehul Shah, BESC, Calcutta
Ranodeep Saha, MAKAUT, Calcutta
♦ XLRI-Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, hosted its annual sports and cultural festival Valhalla from July 29 to 31 on campus. The theme this year was: The streets are calling.
The three-day festival included a gamut of cultural and sports events ranging from theme-based quiz to basketball. Students from B-schools such as Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs); Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai (NMIMS); Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra and XIM Bhubaneswar (XIMB) participated in the festival.
Stand-up comedian Zakir Khan and playback singer Nikhil D'Souza entertained the audience. The host college bagged most awards in sporting events while XIMB, NMIMS and XLRI won equal number of events in the cultural section. The fest concluded with an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) night.