The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry is toying with the idea of initiating ‘Bal Sansads’ in all the schools around the country, to engage students in discussions and debates to formulate knowledge apart from their classrooms and textbook teachings. Bal Sansand or the Children’s Parliament will be based on the line of Lok Sabha and will comprise of a cabinet and opposition and will also include Prime Minister in the Sansad, selection of which will be made through methods ascertained to the schools by the ministry. The Sansad will address the problems faced by the schools and the children and try to solve them through passing bills and suggesting amendments to school authority.
The central government will initiate the Bal Sansads or Children Parliament in all the Central Board of Secondary Education affiliated schools around the country. The government is also eyeing to begin the parliament in the state government run schools in the various states. Teachers will help the students participating in the Parliament by giving valuable inputs.
The Bal Sansad will also be a platform for cultural and social programmes. The children will undergo various essay competitions and annual sports events will be held. The opposition will be there in the parliament to raise issues concerning the students, which could be related to the teaching and faculty behavior as well. Every month, the Sansad will meet once and each year a new set of members will be on the Bal Sansad. This is to make sure that more and more children could be part of the interesting platform and speak up their mind on issues they think are pertinent and needs to get solved.
Jharkhand is touted as the pioneer of Bal Sansads, and has been asked to support the ministry in further furnishing the idea. The ministry will also hold a congregation of the Bal Sansads in a state and the best Bal Sansad will get awarded with a prize of Rs. 1 Lakh.