As the formally attired students paced into the hall full of people with files containing literature on their nations, one couldn’t help but feel a sense of deja-vu. This wasn’t some ordinary competition to measure their debating skills. It was a forum where the world depended on their ideas. The nation demanded their fresh perspectives. As the audience settled into their chairs, the most eagerly anticipated event arrived in the campus of ManavRachna International University on 26th October in the midst of thunderous applause and loud cheers. The1st edition of MR-MUN 2015 was inaugurated by the lighting of the lamp in the University Auditorium by the Chief Guest, Ms. Rita Bhatia, Ms. Deepika Bhalla, Executive Director of MRIS Sector 14 and Ms. Mamta Wadhwa, Principal of MRIS Sector 14. This was followed by a Prayer song and words of encouragement by the eminent guests of honour.

Ms. Rita Bhatia who brings some thirty years of experience in managing public nutrition programmes working with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and UN agencies dedicated to protection, food security, nutrition, education and HIV and AIDS, encouraged the participants to promote global welfare by being selfless in actions and undertaking individual responsibility to accomplish every task shouldered. Mrs Deepika Bhalla congratulated the entire team of MRIS Sector 14 for magnifying an idea on paper to such epic proportions with an aim to create a platform to seek global harmony. Ms. Mamta Wadhwa beamed with pride as she welcomed all the guests and the student-delegates to the three-day mega event. In keeping with the goal of MRIS, she emphasised on the need to transcend the pages of textbook learning and gain full cognizance of the pressing concerns of the day to build a better world, a better society.

The three-day event is all set to be participated by over 200 student- delegates from schools all over the city. The different committees will witness students expounding their views on wide-ranging issues: from South Sudanese Civil War to the Palestine Question, from Gender Inequality to regulation and control on sale of unapproved pharmaceutical drugs in European Nations, from handling the economic crisis of 1930 to impact of Migration and Xenophobia and more. The event will be covered extensively by the International Press comprising the young student-reporters of different schools thereby truly defining it as a convergence of brilliant minds.