Pune: The 22nd of January dawned upon VIT as a college which was getting ready for its very own Model United Nations conference. For the first time in 33 years since its conception, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune would bear to witness an event that would mark the beginning of a revolution. This revolution was set to take delegates from 15 different colleges by storm. Kicking off with 6 committees in its primary edition, it included the likes of UNSC – United Nations Security Council, DISEC – Disarmament and Security Council, ECOSOC – Economics and Social Council, UNHRC – United Nations Human Rights Commission, INTERPOL – International Police, and a special committee for football lovers – UEFA: Union of European Football Association.
Day 1 commenced with the opening ceremony which was graced by the presence of dignitaries from the VIT Pune office. Director Dr. R. Jalnekar was accompanied by Mr. Marathe, Mr. M. M. Kulkarni, Dr. Mrs. A. M. Moolchandani, and Mr. Patki.
The indigenous debates and discussions that followed enthralled one and all. These sessions were moderated by 6 capable chairs – one for each committee. These were Yash Kale for UNSC, Viren Bhale for DISEC, Aishwarya Boralkar for UNHRC, Dhaval Raj Tilak for ECOSOC, Sarvesh Vilekar for INTERPOL and Amogh Kulkarni for UEFA. The issues discussed ranged from the perennial Kashmir problem, legitimacy of humanitarian intervention, the international drug trafficking laws, and also regarding the reduction of international trade barriers. The agenda for DISEC: nuclear disarmament and threat from North Korea was discussed in great detail and the chair made sure all the delegates of the countries had an equal say in the proceedings.
The second day marked the rise of intense discussions and heated debates, especially in committees like UNSC and DISEC which had highly controversial topics. UNSC delegates were highly experienced and would beget topics in such a way that it turned the tables in their own favour. This was put to test when Secretary General Varad Aghao introduced a burning crisis in the committee, and that got the delegates all the more fired up! Crisis is a hypothetical radical situation in which the delegates of the different nations have to firmly put forth their stance and diplomatically find a way to solve the presented issue. Unanimous votes are taken and the participants are marked based on the way they put up their speech, how they follow decorum and revert confidently to the questions raised. With a capable chair and the will to resolve any issue put forth, the UNSC succeeded in drafting a resolution as a solution to their presented crisis. DISEC reacted vehemently in the face of their own crisis as the “supposed” capture of the UN brought pressure on the delegates of India, Germany, and China. ECOSOC discussed the Greek debt crisis, how it has affected not only the European Union, but also the entire world as a whole. UEFA raised not just eyebrows, but decibels with the fierce discussions over the grey rule of offside, the money laundering and corruption in FIFA, and also the influence of Russian and oil money. The Press was at its best, presenting the controversial ongoings for its maiden newspaper, The Sentinel.
Resolutions were passed, controversies were put to rest, and new friends were made. The Social Night was a grand gathering at The Red Bar, Koregaon Park and was the perfect ice-breaker which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The VIT Pune MUN thus marked the beginning of a new revolution in the college for all the years to come. The organising committee hopes to have an even better event next year.
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