More than 3,000 students from 156+ Universities across India participated in the National Environment Youth Parliament 2022 (NEYP 2022) organized by Paryavaran Sanrakshan Gatividhi (PSG). The Award and Valedictory Session of NEYP 2022 was hosted by Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies (MRIIRS) along with PSG at the Sansad Bhawan on April 16, 2022.
Two debate sessions were held between the Treasury and Opposition Benches of NEYP 2022 in the Lok Sabha which was followed by the Award and Valedictory Ceremony.
Shri Om Birla Ji (Hon’ble Lok Sabha Speaker), Parliament of India presided as the Chief Guest. Shri Bhupender Yadav Ji, Hon’ble Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, GoI, and Shri Savji Dholakia ji, Padma Shree Awardee were the Guests of Honour. Ms. Aarya Chavda, a 12-year old environment crusader, and Master Kautilya Pandit, Google Boy also joined the session as Special Guests.
Also present on the occasion were Sh. Gopal Arya, National Convenor, PSG; Sh. Rakesh Jain, National Sah Sanyojak, PSG; Dr. Prashant Bhalla, President, Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI), and Chancellor MRIIRS; Dr. Amit Bhalla, Vice President, MREI; Dr. N C Wadhwa, DG, MREI; Dr. Sanjay Srivastava, VC, MRIIRS; Dr. I.K. Bhat, VC, Manav Rachna University, Dr. Gurjeet Kaur Chawla, Dean-DSW, MRIIRS, and Organizing Secretary, NEYP 2022; Additional Secretary Shri Prasenjit Singh Ji, and Vice Chancellors and Heads of many Institutions.
Sh. Om Birla Ji during his address said, “Climate change has affected the five basic elements on Earth and emphasized to devise a plan to reduce the greenhouse effects and maintain the eco-system. Along with debates, we need to act on how these plans can be implemented and bring generative results.” He also shared, “Humans have majorly impacted the environment with their actions and thus, it is our responsibility only to protect and safeguard it.” He also emphasized the importance of positive and solution-oriented recommendations in a democracy like India.
Shri Bhupender Yadav Ji started his address with the details of carbon emissions and shared, “The new energy resources innovated in the last few years have contributed immensely in carbon emissions that the same temperature rise we have seen in the last 200 years will also be amounted to the next 80 years to come”. “India is a solution provider to the world and has set incomparable standards in the area of alternative energy resources.” He also shared that India will ban 120mm plastic in the country completely from June 30, 2022, and expressed his desire to conduct the National Environment Youth Parliament in regional languages as well.
Shri Savji Dholakia ji addressed the Youth and said, “You have the opportunity to give back to the Nature and enjoy it. Every seed that you add to the nature, gives you abundant benefits.”
With a message to ignite action and save Mother Earth, Ms. Aarya Chavda talked about how species other than Humans are being affected by the environment changes. She addressed the Youth of the Nation and urged them to create a community that can safeguard our future and develop a sense of responsibility to ensure eco-conscious living, and protect the environment.
The Google Boy, Kautilya Pandit insisted and expressed his hope in the people of the Nation to bring the Earth above all the environmental related issues, and conserve the environment heritage of India. He said, “In whatever we do, we just need to ensure that we are not harming the environment.”
Dr. Gurjeet Kaur Chawla presented the NEYP 2022 Report which was followed by the Prize Distribution Ceremony.
In his Vote of Thanks, Dr. Prashant Bhalla shared how this youth parliament journey commenced online with National Environment Youth Forum in 2021 and the vision to bring this concern to the Sansad Bhawan is now a reality.
National Youth Icon – Sankalp Suman, Delhi Technological University
Best National Speaker – Munjid Maryam, Sher-e-Kashmir, University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Kashmir
Best Journalist- SK Jishan Akhtar, Sri Sri University, Odisha
Best Cartoonist – Bhavesh Kumar Chhokar, Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies
Special Mention Jury Award- Virendra Singh Chauhan, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Best Prime Minister)
Special Mention Jury Award- Anvi Sharma (Best Speaker), Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur
Special Mention Jury Award- Simran Chauhan (Best Opposition Leader), Central University of Haryana
Special Mention Jury Award- Parikshit Pareek (Best Leader – Treasury), Chitkara University
Special Mention Jury Award- Vivek Sanjay Sonwane (Best Research and Content), Savitri Bai Phule Pune University
Special Mention Jury Award- Neha (Best Statesman), Kurukshetra University