A mix of science and spirituality with good amount of entertainment is what students at Parliament of Student Council Leaders got on Thursday.
The speakers, the former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Sri Sri Ravishankar, Vandana Shiva, Chief Mentor of Infosys N.R. Narayana Murthy and film-maker Ashutosh Govarikar interacted with the students on a range of subjects.
Organised by Pune's MIT School of Governance, the Parliament was being attended by over 300 student representatives. Starting the day's session, Dr. Kalam spoke on “India: the super power”. He said the evolution of political leaders from among the youth was the single biggest force in the country. “Future leaders will work on development politics,” he said, urging his audience to rise to the challenge. In the second session, Sri Sri Ravishankar of the Art of Living Foundation emphasised the need to be “a universal person to become a holistic person”. He said the youth should try to imbibe the positive qualities of all countries. In the second half of the day, ecologist Vandana Shiva spoke about the emerging threats to environment. “The western world is putting the formula of development. But it is at the cost of environment which is against Indian heritage,” she said.
Speaking for opportunities for youth, Mr. Narayan Murthy emphasised on the idea of globalisation and stated that information technology and globalisation would go hand in hand.
Ending the day, film-maker Ashutosh Govarikar talking about the media and entertainment's role being far from reality, said the audience were demanding change and it could be delivered even from the small quarters of regional cinema.