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Mayank Mehta introduced Indore youths to Model United Nations

FPJ Bureau | Updated on: Friday, May 31, 2019, 02:43 PM IST

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Indore :  “I want to be like water; pour it in a glass, it’s a glass,” says Mayank Mehta, a dynamic, young mind of 23, who introduced Model United Nations (MUN) to Indore thereby creating a platform to give youth an opportunity to  develop qualities of leadership, team work, general awareness, diplomacy, debating and public speaking.

MUN conferences are an educative stimulation of the United Nations and its functioning. A MUN conference strives to foster a constructive forum for open dialogue on complex global issues like  economic and social progress, health, politics, finance, narcotic drugs, environment, crime prevention and criminal justice, human rights, counter terrorism, international peace and security. These conferences are designed in a manner to help a student understand the working and dynamics of the UN conference.

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Always having had an inclination towards co-curricular activities, Mayank participated in swimming nationals, state basketball and volleyball, taekwondo, judo, and boxing at the university level.

“I always loved debating and had an opportunity to be a part of a panel discussion, organised by Delhi University in school, I was always looking forward to something. I joined AIESEC soon after and was given an opportunity to do an international internship in Egypt. I was working with speech and hearing-impaired kids and we used to swim together, that was an experience which moved me. This is where I first heard of a MUN conference,” he says.

“I used to think of MUNs as a platform where we could debate but not until my first conference did I learn that MUN is life. You are not you there, you act as a diplomat, who represents all that their country thinks of an issue and what is your idea of it. I loved the concept and started attending these conferences regularly,” he adds.

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“The basic aim of bringing these conferences home, to Indore, is to give the students a platform and an opportunity that we never had in school. When we started with Indore MUN first, we got thrown out of lot of schools but it was a great learning experience,” he says.

Mayank adds, “In the first conference, we hosted five committees with 200 delegates, and in our third edition this July, we are aiming to host 1100 delegates. We have established eight conferences in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh with the aim of creating a platform where students can come together, to learn and become confident.”

As of 2012 there were estimated 400 MUN conferences held worldwide and since then the number has only increased. Having done 30 conferences himself, in all parts of the country, Mayank has also done international conferences in Nepal and Bangladesh and will be attending his third one in Turkey this year.

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He idolises Albert Einstein and dreams of taking over Reliance Industries one day. Keeping growth as his prime focus, Mayank believes that his strength lies in his growth and encourages others to evolve in their best selves by the medium of these conferences.

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Published on: Sunday, June 05, 2016, 12:48 AM IST