Mangaluru: One of the India’s leading brand in education conference management, ‘Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN)’ having organized the Asia’s Largest Youth Conference in Mumbai amongst the many other conference, MUN is being organized in Mangaluru from 18th to 20th December at the Yenepoya School-Mangaluru. The conference was inaugurated by State Health Minister U T Khader by lighting the lamp, along with Farhaad Yenepoya-Managing Director of Yenepoya Group of Institutions, Shreya-Director General, IIMUN, and Lorraine Miranda-Secretary General, IIMUN. Hundreds of students from various schools in the district registered for this conference.
In his inaugural address, Minister Khader said, “The future of the country lies on the youth. Conference like this will help the youth in a big way to reach greater heights in their future career. Youth/students should avail all the opportunities that their institution offer them- they should be alert, dedicated, committed and show keen interest in their studies. Not just browsing through their text books, students should also involve themselves in practical work, including engaging themselves in co-curricular activities. It’s nice to see so many students here today who are eager to learn something new and informative that will help them in their career. We should also be proud that Mangaluru has been giving the chance to host this IIMUN conference”.
Farhaad Yenepoya addressing the students said, “The greatest strength of the nation are the youth. With all the changes happening globally we need to learn more about them, rather than concentrate on local issues. We need to learn what’s happening globally, and IIMUN has given you the opportunity to gain more knowledge of the outside world. Youth have to take a powerful stand for the growth of the nation. Knowledge through text books is not enough, you need to explore what’s happening outside through your active participation and practicals. Enhance your knowledge through programmes like IIMUN”.
Director General of IIMUN-Shreya and Secretary General of IIMUN, Lorraine Miranda also spoke and briefed the participants about IIMUN and its activities/benefits. A audio-video presentation on IIMUN about its existence and activities was shown to the audience. The inaugural programme comprised of some dance performances by the students of Yenepoya School-Mangaluru. A solo western song by Sasha D’Souza of Yenepoya School received high applaud from the audience.The invocation prayer was rendered by Poorva, and the comperes for the event were Zoya Tareed, Aflaq and Rahul Kamath.
Explaining more about IIMUN- being a conference for the youth by the youth, it is run completely by students in age group of 16-25 years. It is the first MUN in Asia to have its own procedure. The events organized by IIMUN have been attended or supported by noted luminaries like Hon. UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, Hon. UN Under Secretary General Peter Launsky, Hon. UN Chief of Education Outreach Ms. Nathalie Leroy, Former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor, Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Pritviraj Chavan, Hon. Union Minister of Agriculture, Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar, Founder of UTV and Walt Disney India, Ronnie Screwvala, Noted Bollywood Actors like Imran Khan, Rahul Bose, Vir Das, Cyrus Broacha, Aftab Shivdasani, National Film Award winner, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Subhash Ghai, CEO of Future Group, Kishore Biyani, National Information Officer of United Nations Information Centre, Rajiv Chandran, Former Union Minister Manish Tewari, Union Cabinet Minister Suresh Prabhu and had performances by Dance Maestro Shaimak Davar, Mudassar Khan apart from the ever green veteran Singer and mascot of the organisation, Leslie Lewis and many more.
Indian International Model United Nations explained, “With India touted to be one of the leading candidates to become the next super power by the pundits, there has never been more need for young leaders. Youth represents the Modern India, young mindsets, young visions and new perceptions. There is a great burst in the youth to be more effective and involved in social issues. The youth today feels an urge to speak up, to stand by itself and its beliefs and ideals. Here, the Indian International Model United Nations is trying to create platforms to bring the youth forward by providing the youth a responsible medium to put forth their ideas. At IIMUN, we organise simulations of local bodies, the Indian Parliament and the United Nations where students don the hats of diplomats and try to solve local, national and global issues.”
This conference which began in the year 2012 in its 1st year went on to host a record 1078 delegates which made it India’s Largest Model United Nations Conference. In 2013, the conference went on to host 1900+ students making it Asia’s Largest Model United Nations Conference. In 2014, this conference reached another landmark by becoming the World’s Largest Residential Model UN Conference. Today 30 such events under the banner of IIMUN in different parts of the country are being organized,and support over 600+ school’s in organising such events.
On 19th and 20th December, 2015 the students will report to the Yenepoya School and debate on world politics and the solutions to which will be forwarded to the concerned department of the Government. Mangalorean.com is the proud Online News Partner for this IIMUN Youth Conference.