1. Objective of the Youth Parliament Competition Scheme
With a view to strengthening the roots of democracy, inculcate healthy habits of discipline, tolerance of the views of others and to enable the student community to know something about the working of Parliament, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs have decided in consultation with the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti to introduce a scheme of National Youth Parliament competition in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas throughout the country and to hold annually competition of ‘Youth Parliament’ among the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
2. Eligibility for entry into the Competition
The scheme would be applicable to all the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas in the country. The selection of participating Vidyalayas will be done by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and intimate to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. The number of vidyalayas for participation during each year will be decided in consultation with the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
3. Period during which the competition will be held
The Competition will be held every year during a period considered to be convenient to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
4. Duration of Youth Parliament sitting
The duration of the sitting of the ‘Youth Parliament’ should not exceed 55 minutes. Out of this 10-12 minutes may be devoted to Questions and the remaining time be utilized for discussion on Bills, Motions or Resolutions etc.
5. Subjects for discussion at the Youth Parliament
It would be desirable that the matters raised in the Youth Parliament may relate to the subject as of welfare activities, defence of the country, social justice, social reforms, economic development, communal harmony, health, student’s discipline, information technology etc. No direct or indirect remarks may be made in the speeches so as to cast as persons on the political parties or leaders/persons etc. It is suggested that particular stress may be given on the concept of human rights and at least one item of business on this
subject may invariably be included.
The participants may speak in English/Hindi.
Each Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya shall ordinarily hold the Youth Parliament sitting in its own premises.
8. Outline of the Scheme
The Competitions will be held in two phases - first at Regional level and then at National level. The Competitions at regional level will be held among such Vidyalayas of the respective regions as are sponsored for the Competition by the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti from that region. This would be conducted under the supervision of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti authorities. The Competition at National level will be held among the Jawahar
Navodaya Vidyalayas which stand first in their respective regions in the regional level competitions. Based on the evaluation conducted by a team of judges consisting of an MP/Ex-MP, Officer of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (Hqrs.) and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs at the National level, a merit list to declare national winners would be drawn.
9. Orientation Course
To acquaint teachers–in-charge for organizing ‘Youth Parliament Sitting’ in the participating Vidyalayas with the concept and background of the scheme, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in co-operation with the Navodaya Vidyalayas Samiti shall organize twoorientation courses at two venues during the period convenient to Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
10. Committee of Judges
The Competition at Regional and National level will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprising three members. The panel of judges for evaluation of performance of the competiting Vidyalayas at the Regional Level shall be constituted by the Assistant Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti of the respective region and shall consist of :-
2. An officer of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti of the respective region.
3. Principal of non-participating Vidyalaya of the region or some local prominent educationist.
The Committee of judges for evaluation of competition at National Level shall be constituted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and shall consist of:-
1. Member of Parliament/Ex-Member of Parliament;
2. An Officer of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and
3. An Officer of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (Hqrs.)