GRIET Parliament, An event by SPIRALS

Spirals, a Literature Club at GRIET came forward and conducted a GRIET-Parliament on 7th-Jan-2015. The primary objective of this event includes nurturing leadership qualities by creating a simulatory platform in order to make the students understand the way in which Parliamentary proceedings are carried out and also help them understand the necessity of voicing their opinions for the welfare of society and there-by the nation.

Spirals, the first of its kind at GRIET, commits to the enhancement of soft skills, communication skills, employment & entrepreneurial skills in the students through a practical approach that is made possible by the events related.

Ms. SaahithiYammanuru, President – Spirals, explained the importance of focusing on events of this sort in order to make students learn the dignity of debate and the significance of Public-Speaking.

The said GRIET-Parliament comprised of two active Parliamentary sessions in which two bills (one during each session) were tabled in the presence of a Speaker and Members of the House. The different components of session are stated below:

1.    Members of the House.
2.    Speaker.
3.    Secretaries.

Members of the House–Members of the House were students who registered for the event. All members of the house were provided with a placard bearing their registration number and the party of which they belong to. The House comprised of two political parties, one being Bharatiya Democratic Party (Ruling Party) the other being National Republican Party (Opposition Party).

Speaker – Speaker of the house of 103 students who got registered with this event, 83 participated in the event.

These are the two bills we introduced in the parliament:

Legalization of Betting Bill

Gambling/Betting is only a game of luck where people earn and lose money of large amount. In order to reduce the black money in the country and baring in mind the revenue we get through betting upon legalizing, we propose a bill to legalize betting in India. This on the other hand reduces certain amount of corruption in the country.

The reasons why betting should be legalized in India are:

1.    Tax revenues: The betting market runs into thousands of crores in India. With legalization, the Government will earn tax revenue through imposition of decently high taxes, thereby taking away money from the organized crime and transferring to the Government. Gambling is simply another form of entertainment. Threatening people and putting them in jail or otherwise usually doesn’t solve the problem of vices; instead it tends to make them worse.

    Though we have many advantages, we have cases where legalizing would lead to the utter chaos in the Indian economy and culture.

1.    By legalizing betting we are exposing the entire nation towards gambling including juveniles who are already spoiling because of alcohol.
2.    Integrity of sports: With betting being legalized the players might more easily yield to the temptation of fixing, thereby bringing the integrity of the sport in question.

Online Education bill

This bill proposes the requirement of online education facility in all colleges of various streams after high school education i.e., +2. The lectures in the classroom must be recorded and posted in the college website on the daily basis. The online tutorials and the quizzes should be conducted weekly to the pupil to enhance focused and flexible study.

Passing this bill shall be of great boon for the pupil of our country bearing in mind the following points.

1)    Online education will help us to go through the class lecture as many times we want.
2)    Lower total costs: Online programs can be a more affordable option than traditional colleges.

Looking through the other side of consequences, it may also lead to

1) Online education leads suppressed social interaction. It leads to the isolation of students and does not bring them to the face to peer challenges which we can face in classrooms.

2) Online education may eventually lead to no attendance in the classrooms where there would be hardly any function of universities.