"Students from Mumbai get a chance to view inner proceedings"
"Honourable Vice President. Dr K. Hamid Ansari interacts with the students"
Mumbai, December 20, 2012: 50 students from 19 colleges across Mumbai visited the parliament today, as part of Union Minister of State for Communications and IT Shri. Milind Deora’s Youth Development Program. Conducted for the fourth consecutive year, this initiative aims at developing students’ understanding of Indian democracy and encourages students to take up active participation in the democratic process.
This year’s parliamentary visit included a trip to the Parliament Museum, Public Gallery, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Students were presented with an opportunity to interact with the Hon. Vice President. Dr K. Hamid Ansari. The event was organised in association with the Bombay Stock Exchange.
Personally attending to the student’s visit Shri. Milind Deora said “India’s youth are a major force behind our nation’s growth. Students take up different vocations, enter various professional fields and do their bit to add value to our nation’s growth and prosperity. However, it is important for them to understand the democratic framework which our constitution provides them to learn, earn and grow as free citizens. My endeavor through this youth development program is to draw the attention of these bright minds to the law making procedure of our country. I hope this experience will leave them with an added respect and understanding of the intricate process of law making.”
Shri. Ashish Chauhan MD & CEO of BSE said 'The power of our parliamentary system stems from the fact that, it is the citizens who can elect people to represent them in parliament. This program has given our students the opportunity to view parliamentary proceedings, interact with their elected representatives and understand what really makes our system work. I believe this is important for them as a part of the electorate and as potential leaders.'
Youth Parliament Students participating in today’s visit were selected on the basis of their performance in the ‘Youth Parliament’ event organized by Shri. Milind Deora in association with BSE Insitute Ltd in Mumbai on September 15th 2012. After screening hundreds of applications through an online paper submission campaign, a total of 80 students from 20 colleges were selected across streams such as law, liberal arts, social studies, commerce and science to participate in the day long ‘Youth Parliament’ session that was inaugurated by Hon. Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri. Ajay Maken. Various high impact issues such as FDI in retail, rotting of food grains, uniform civil code and fiscal deficit among others were debated in great detail. The students also underwent an orientation program on financial markets with experts from the BSE Institute Ltd, Mumbai.
Yesterday the group of students met with Chief Minister of New Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit.