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.)
Members/Ex-Members of Parliament associated with the evaluation of these competitions as one of the judges shall be paid DA for the day. The expenditure in this regard shall be borne by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in accordance with the rules and regulations applicable to them. Other Officers concerned with the activity will draw their T.A./D.A. from their own organizations as per their entitlement. 12. Consideration for drawing up the Merit List.
The panel of judges shall keep in view the following points while assessing the performance of vidyalayas :-
(i) Discipline and Decorum 10
(ii) Observance of Parliamentary Procedure 20
(iii) Selection of subject for questions and supplementaries and quality of answers thereto 20
(iv) Selection of subjects for Debates 10
(v) Quality of speeches delivered, standard of Debates 30
(vi) General Assessment of the performance as a whole 10
TOTAL : 100
Following Prizes will be awarded :-
(a) Running Parliamentary Shield ‘Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Running Parliamentary Shield’ will be awarded to the
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya declared first at the National Level Competition. If a particular Vidyalaya wins the shield for three consecutive years, it will be retained permanently by that Vidyalaya.
(i) The Vidyalaya declared first in the competition will also be awarded another merit trophy; and
(ii) One Trophy each will be awarded to the Vidyalayas which stand first in their respective regions at the regional level competition. These trophies will be retained by the winning Vidyalayas.
Prizes and Certificates will be awarded to students of each of the participating Vidyalayas selected by the evaluating panel for their meritorious performance. At the Regional Level, a maximum of six students would be selected by the evaluating panel for the certificates. At the National Level, a maximum of eight students would be selected by the evaluating panel for the Prizes and Certificates.
(i) A certificate shall be issued by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to each Vidyalaya for standing first in the Competition at National Level/for standing first at Regional Level/for participation in the competition, depending upon the position of each participating Vidyalaya in the Competition.
(ii) A certificate shall also be issued to teacher-in-charge of organizing ‘Youth Parliament Sitting’ in their Vidyalayas participating in the competition and to each of the prize winning students at Regional Level Competition.
(iii) Besides, the prize winning students will also be awarded certificates indicating their level of participation and position in the Competitions.
15. Repeat performance and Distribution of Prizes
The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, adjudged best in the competition will give a Repeat Performance of their sitting of Youth Parliament before a selected audience in a Prize Distribution Function to be organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs in New Delhi. The Running Parliamentary Shield/Trophies to the Vidyalayas standing first at National/Regional Level Competition will be awarded by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs to such Vidyalayas in the function. Besides, prize-winning students of Vidyalaya standing first at National Level will also be awarded mementos/certificates in this function. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs will fix a date and venue for the function. The prizes shall be distributed by a high dignitary. Invitations to VIPs and others for attending this function will be issued by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs which shall bear the entire expenditure of this function, such as :-
a. Rent of the Auditorium/Tent Items;
b. Lighting and Seating arrangements;
c. Printing of invitation cards;
d. Postage and Stationery;
e. Refreshment; and
f. Other Contingencies
This Ministry will make necessary arrangements of boarding and lodging for all the participating winning students, teachers and escorts of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas at the time of Prize Distribution Function at Delhi.
17. Financial Assistance to Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs will extend the following financial assistance to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti for conducting the National Youth Parliament Competition in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya:-
(i) Reimbursement of expenses upto a sum of Rs. 25,000/- to each Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya participating in the competition to meet expenditure towards organizing the Competition subject to production of receipts of
(ii) Reimbursement of 3 Tier AC train fare to all students, teachers in-charge and Principals of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas who will attend the Prize Distribution Function in Delhi i.e. Total 130 persons [comprising 60 students, teachers and Principal of the National Winner Team + 56 students (8 students from each remaining 7 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas) + 14 (one teacher in-charge and one Principal from each regional winner team).
(iii) Re-imbursement of a total amount of Rs. 80,000/- to the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas for hosting National Level Evaluation of 8 Vidyalayas at three different venues. The details are as under :-
(a) Rs. 30,000/- to host Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas for organizing National Level Evaluation of three Vidyalayas.
(b) Rs. 30,000/- to host Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas for organizing National Level Evaluation of three Vidyalayas.
(c) Rs. 20,000/- to host Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas for organizing National Level Evaluation of two Vidyalayas.
The participating Vidyalayas will submit a statement of expenditure incurred along with relevant vouchers and route the same through the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti
(Headquarters) who would submit a consolidated statement of expenditure at the conclusion of the Competition to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.