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VSSCON: VSSUT’s emergence in the MUN territory

“We are not developing nations, we are not developed nations,
we are the United Nations.”

Veer Surendra Sai Conference of Nations (VSSCON), Burla, in association with the Literary Society culminated its Model United Nations event themed with “Pacem in Terris” on a high note, scaling the onerous expectations & impediments. The event was conducted from March 2 to March 4 incorporating 3 committees and an International Press squad in the premise of the University. VSSCON stood as the emergence in the MUN scene of VSSUT after an interim break of a year but upgraded and larger in scale bringing together the most promising delegates over the nation and an inspiring Executive Board. The event was organised with the collaboration of the established institutions in the MUN circuit such as Ravenshaw University, NIST, Birla Global University, SRM & SOA.

VSSCON’s theme “Pacem in Terris” substantiated the pressing issues of peace by addressing the issues pertaining to international peace and conflict, fundamental human rights and on their basis of provision.

The influx of 150+ delegates from across the state and beyond ensured that the competition remained stiff, challenging the delegates to put up their best show to face the fiery contest & come on the top. The summit stood exposed to the congregation of highly intelligent and seasoned MUNers, bringing together a wide gamut of perspective and policy-making. The nations consisted of the G7 members – USA, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and UK, and other nations relevant to the issues such as Australia, India, Uruguay, Spain, Iceland, Bangladesh, Argentina and small island nations such as Maldives, Philippines, Kiribati, Tuvalu etc.


The mega-conference ranged over 10 sessions, 3 social nights de-stressing the Marathon of debates, and an ultimate gala dinner & was organized by VSSCON’s Organising Committee Members selected from the University, the best in their craft students and divided over different departments for the smooth functioning of the event. The event was punched with entertainment, bonding and community building throughout, the ultimate insignia, emblematic to the true essence of the Model. The event was inaugurated by Cultural VP Dr Anil Kumar Kar, Dean Student Welfare Prof. Sudhanshu Sekhar Dash and Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Bibhuti Bhusan Pati on March 2 at the Sir Visvesvaraya Auditorium. The inauguration was followed up by short speeches to stir up the participants and orient them for the long 3-day marathon they were set to partake in. Day 1 started with a session to familiarize the MUNers with the Rules of Procedure & a brief overview of how the event is expected to unfold. The second day was full of heated discussion and debates pertaining to the issues on the agenda. Many new countries pitched in with proposals and exposed flaws that were not very obvious & required a keen eye. The final day culminated with solutions and final drafting of the resolution. The day saws agendas accepted and rejected, suggestions welcomed and overruled. The official committee was followed up by an award ceremony for the best delegates, promising delegates felicitated by Dean Academic Prof. PC Swain, Cultural VP Dr Anil Kumar Kar, Secretary-General Niswarth Sahoo and Under-Secretary-General Ratikanta Mahapatra coupled with honorary and verbal mentions.

The event consisted of 3 committees & the International Press set with specific agendas.
UNHRC (United Nations Human Rights Council) – Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of LGBT in Social, Economic aspects & Political Forums.
UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) – Mitigating the effects of climate change on small island nations.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Role of migration governance in achieving gender equality.


The committees went on to discuss diverse topics such as immigration, climate changes, epidemics, Syrian & Rohingya crisis, Sustainable Development goals, migration governance, DAKAR issue, LGBT rights, homophobia & stigma, mental islands, plastic roads, reverse osmosis and much more. The discussions were a clear reflection of the delegates coming together and standing true to what they represent, being accountable and answerable for their decisions, policies and statements.

The International Press (IP) served as the transparent reflection of the committee, reporting on the proceedings of each simulation in both written and photographic format, filming, timestamping important events and disseminating information.

The committees went on to discuss diverse topics such as immigration, climate changes, epidemics, Syrian & Rohingya crisis, Sustainable Development goals, migration governance, DAKAR issue, LGBT rights, homophobia & stigma, mental asylums, plastic roads, reverse osmosis and much more. The discussions were a clear reflection of the delegates coming together and standing true to what they represent, being accountable and answerable for their decisions, policies and statements.

The International Press (IP) served as the transparent reflection of the committee, reporting on the proceedings of each simulation in both written and photographic format, filming, timestamping important events and disseminating information.

The Executive Board was entrusted with the task to guide their respective councils through debates on the agenda and to judge the delegates on the basis of their research, public speaking, debating and diplomatic skills. It comprised of the maestro MUNers familiar with scores of MUN experience and they led the task with grace and gusto.

 “When the power of love overcomes the love for power, only then will the world know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix 

Embodying the quote, VSSCON went on to orchestrate the event and was richly rewarded with recognition and the step has paved to be succeeded by many more, marking the emergence of a new revolution in the University by shining in the circuit & representing the University at a higher stage. The event promised to bring together the society with the alarming issues and stir for the solutions that can pervade all through and make this world a better place to live in, the solo motto that MUNs thrive to exist for.

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Atul Saswat

I call myself the MONK. To evolve is human !

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