Press Report of 1st Internal Youth Parliament

The Chandigarh Law College, Jhanjeri organized 1st Internal Youth Parliament on 17th February 2023 at the Auditorium of Block-II, Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Jhanjeri. The students of B.A.LL.B, B.Com.LL.B, BBA.LL.B and LL.B. participated in the event. Justice Som Nath Aggarwal, former Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court graced the occasion as the Chief Guest on the occasion. 

Justice S N Aggarwal joined the Punjab judicial service in 1972. He worked on  various postings in Punjab. Upon selection by the UPSC, he also remained posted as Law Secretary in the Andaman & Nicobar Administration at Port Blair. He got elevated as a Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2004. He was appointed as Chairman of the Haryana Backward Classes Commission from 10th May,2016 to 30th June,2019.

Youth Parliament is organized to make students understand the parliamentary procedure. It enables the students to develop an insight into the working of the Parliament. The event began at 2:45 pm with the welcome of the Chief Guest Justice Som Nath Aggarwal with the Director of Chandigarh Law College Prof. (Dr.) Tufail Ahmed Khan. The stage was conducted by Ms. Ankita Sharma along with Ms. Lubhanshi. Prof. (Dr.) Tufail Ahmed Khan gave the welcome speech  thanking Justice S N Aggarwal for accepting the invitation. Afterspeech by the Director the proceedings of the 1 st Internal Youth Parliament began. The student Speaker initiated the beginning of the event. The session started with Oath or Affirmation. The house mourned the demise of Shri Krishna Prasad who was a fellow Parliamentarian after the Oath. The House observed two minutes of silence to mourn his death. Further, during the Question Hour the Opposition Leaders asked questions from their Ruling counterparts. Eight students asked various questions on issues ranging from defense, media, education, trade unions, trade and commerce, finance, excise and revenue and civil aviation. The next agenda in the house was Amendments in Bills. One Of the ministers from Ruling Party proposed an amendment in a bill for criminalisation ofSexual Offenses Against Men. The amendment was proposed with a majority. Another Amendment proposed in Juvenile Justice Act,2015 was substitution of ‘heinous’ by ‘offenses.’ But the amendment lapsed in the house due to lack of majority.

The next agenda of the house was Introduction of new Bills. One of the bills lapsed due to lack of majority and the other was not discussed as prior permission of the Speaker was not taken for that Private Bill. Furthermore, during the Attention Motion which was a discussion on matters of urgent public importance, issues like promoting youth in sports and their employment, One Nation One Law, Patient Safety, Drug Abuse, Increasing the farmer’s income, inclusion of freedom fighters and their role in the Freedom Struggle in curriculum were raised. Towards the end the Leaders of Opposition asked a few questions which were answered by the Prime Minister. The Speaker adjourned the house after the Prime Minister’s speech.

After the session the Chief Guest Justice S N Aggrawal delivered his speech. He began with words of appreciation for the students. He was impressed with the way students maintained discipline and decorum during their discussions in the Youth Parliament.  He added the students have set an example of how the parliamentary sessions should be conducted. He suggested four mantras to succeed in life. The first one is to choose their area of interest, the field in which they want to work, civil services, judiciary, advocacy or any other competitive exams. The second one is to work hard in the chosen field. The third step is to respect one’s parents and the fourth one is to respect one’s teachers. After his speech the Chief Guest Justice S N Aggarwal was felicitated by Prof. (Dr.) Tufail Ahmed Khan with a shawl, memento and a plant. Thehead of the department Dr. Gurdeep Kaur Pandher delivered the vote of thanks. The event was attended by hundred students out of which forty-four were participants. The event incharge was Dr. Supreet Kaur worked tirelessly to train and encourage the students. The event lasted one hour and fifteen minutes. All in all It was an applaudable event.