Young 'leaders' deliberate on issues

It was a discussion of a different kind. For a change, the students debated on issues on whether FDI should be allowed in India, should we allow the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, should the MNCs be allowed to set up their business on Indian soil.

The students expressed their opinion on various topics, often arguing heatedly. All this at the district-level mock Parliament contest held at APJ Abdul Kalam auditorium in Chikkaballapur on Wednesday.

First and second year PUC students discussed on a wide range of topics from local to district level, national and international issues.

While issues like the implementation of permanent drinking water projects in the dry regions of the State received a good response, topics on mining, environment, development of villages and taluks also gained prominence.

The students were equipped with a wide range of knowledge and well-informed about the various issues and had studied their subjects thoroughly. They were well aware of the current affairs and general knowledge. They had done their homework and had armed themselves to face a volley of questions.

Even as they deliberated through the pros and cons of the various issues, they seemed to argue sensibly and present the issues sensitively. They presented the facts and statistics to the point, keeping the audience engaged in their conversations, throughout the programme.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Director of the Department of Pre-University Education Janabai S Waghmore said the students had presented their best on various topics.

“It is good to note that they were knowledgeable and concerned about various issues in the country. Such events help develop their reasoning and leadership qualities. Such keenness and awareness is required to groom themselves into literate and conscious citizens”, she added.

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