Birla Public School hosted the first-ever blended Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Qatar, BPSMUN 2021, over two days recently with select students of grades VI to XII from schools across the country.
MUN is a platform where students learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. It helps them sharpen their speaking, research, debate and their leadership qualities.
BPSMUN 2021 was led by the executive board and organising teams who have been working for the past year for the event. There were 200 delegates online, allocated to 10 different committees.
The programme commenced with the unveiling of the title, by the senior leadership team, which included the academic director - principal Harish Sanduja, vice-principal co-scholastic Rajesh Pillai and vice-principal academics Edna Fernandez. President of the General Assembly, Dviti Shetty, welcomed and Deputy secretary-general Khadeeja Mohideen briefed the delegates on the proceedings.
Guest speaker Kevin Chan pointed out the importance of the involvement of students as budding leaders. The opening ceremony was concluded by secretary-general Anushka Karkera followed by the strike of the gavel, marking the grand beginning of the BPSMUN 2021.
Day one saw the organising team interviewing the delegates on their experiences. “We had started the planning process a year ago," recalled director Rekha George.
Day two had guest speakers Aiswarya Shetty, Harish Anchan, Smitha Aloni, Anita Samantha, Sherwyn, Patrick Rozario, Archana Shetty, and Abdul.
The closing ceremony was marked with the head chairs of each committee sharing the activities of the day and declaring the best delegate of their committee. This was followed by the vote of thanks by Priyanka Advani, the to-be secretary-general of BPSMUN 2022. Anushka Karkera officially announced the closing of the conference by striking the gavel.