Many people got to hear a lot about the VSSUT MUN during Samavesh – the techno fest of the university. To many, it was a complete jargon. But beyond all the jargon’s and odds, including zero knowledge about MUNning, the event stood its ground. Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an educational simulation and academic competition in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations. It involves research, public speaking, debating and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities.
The brainchild of Chandi Sarangi – the Secretary of Samavesh, VSSUT MUN turned out to be the biggest hit of the techno fest of the university this year. The MUN consisted of two councils – the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the United Nations Human Resource Council (UNHRC). Both had separate pressing world issues like “the rise of the ISIS” and “Human Trafficking” as their respective agendas. The entire event took place over a span of two days, taking roughly eight hours a day. With some serious debating for hours over the mentioned topics, the ‘delegates’ took debut MUNning to a level unheard of. Taking into consideration that almost all the participants from VSSUT were debut MUNners, it was difficult to say so by the quality of debating presented by each of them.
MUNning might sound boring to some. But the truth be told, it is exactly the contrary. Who said formal debating can’t be fun? Debating, along with caucusing and chit passing among the ‘delegates’ is so much fun that one can only understand if they’ve been in at least one MUN. Chits don’t always necessarily contain opinions regarding world affairs. In fact, in our own VSSUT MUN, we had loads of chits in which the ‘delegates’ were asking each other out (we even found a few poems in a couple of chits!). Again, after the MUN had ended, all the ‘delegates’ and the coordinators went on to celebrate their awesomeness at the MUN social night with their ‘dates’. After slogging hard for days together to make the event a grand success, the MUN social night was a delightful respite for one and all.
The VSSUT MUN was an entire phenomenon in itself. It couldn’t have been possible without the constant and un-compromised efforts of the literary enthusiasts and the dedicated coordinators of the techno fest of the university as well as the members of the executive boards of both the MUN councils, who came from other universities and helped and fully cooperated with the event coordinators. Having said that, I’d like to say, that with new friendships, moments and memories made, everyone who was a part of the amazing phenomenon will have this MUN etched in their memories forever.