India Launches Online Youth Parliament Programme for Students

The President, Ram Nath Kovind, the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Speaker Lok Sabha, Om Birla, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi during the special session of Parliament to commemorate the 70th Constitution Day in New Delhi on November 26, 2019. Photo: PIB
The President, Ram Nath Kovind, the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Speaker Lok Sabha, Om Birla, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi during the special session of Parliament to commemorate the 70th Constitution Day in New Delhi on November 26, 2019. Photo: PIB

India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MPA) are joining hands for Online Youth Parliament Programme to commemorate 70 years of Constitution.

In this regard a meeting was held in the Ministry of HRD between Secretary MHRD Amit Khare; Secretary MPA Rajendra S Shukla, and CBSE Chairperson Ms Anita Karwal in New Delhi today (January 17).

They discussed the modalities to increase the outreach of Youth Parliament Programme run by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs by making it online through the web portal of National Youth Parliament Scheme. Other senior officers from both the ministries were also present in the meeting.

In the meeting, Secretary MPA explained that the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has been implementing offline Youth Parliament programme since 1966 in schools under the Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi and NDMC, Kendriya Vidyalayas, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas, universities, and colleges.

Around 18,000 students of 300 educational institutions participate through offline Youth Parliament programme every year. This programme is organized in competition format which is limiting the participation of the institutions and thus not fulfilling the core purpose of the scheme in the desired manner.

For overcoming this limitation, which is impeding the expansion of the scheme, this Ministry has developed a web portal of National Youth Parliament Scheme to increase the coverage of the programme manifold to hitherto untouched sections and corners of the country.

National level celebrations focused on the Constitution and fundamental duties are being held all over the country to commemorate the Constitution Day. As part of the celebrations, President has launched the web portal of National Youth Parliament Scheme to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of India ‘Samvidhan Diwas’ on 26th November 2019 in Central Hall, Parliament House, New Delhi.

All recognized schools, colleges, and universities can access the portal to take part in the Youth Parliament Programme of the Ministry. The last date for the registration on the portal has been extended to 28th February, 2020.

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