Punjab students to attend global youth leaders conference in July

April 20th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama By Karan Kapoor Ludhiana, April 20 (ANI): A group of seven students of Ludhiana are all set to attend an international conference in which 400 students from 100 countries would be participating.

The Global Young Leader conference will discuss issues related to world politics, international relations, law, media, business and global economy.

International issues like terrorism, poverty, economy, AIDS, environment and inter-country disputes would be discussed in the conference.

The group from Punjab comprises five girls and two boys. All of them belong to nearby villages, and are students of Ludhiana’s Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha School.

Aged between 16 to 18, these school children are thrilled about participating in the 18th IYLC, scheduled to be held between July 19 to 24 in the United States. Guneet Kaur is one of the seven students and a standard XII student. She is enthusiastic to represent India at the Global Young Leaders Conference like her other six group members.

Daughter of a schoolteacher, Guneet resides five miles from Ludhiana in Saholi, a hamlet. She is excited at the very thought of meeting young global leaders.

“I am really excited that I have got the opportunity to meet Barack Obama. It’s a rare chance and I am very excited. I am trying hard to inculcate all those qualities in me, which will be required there. I am studying general knowledge books to have a good understanding about how they work, so that I can learn something from them and show my country with a better insight,” said Guneet Kaur.

“We are making lots of preparations. We make her study lots of general knowledge books, so that she doesn’t forget anything there. She has given speeches at school level and also once had a chance to speak at a national level conference. But we didn’t allow her. Now, God has given us a great opportunity. She will gain more knowledge there,” said Guneet’s grandmother.

The conference is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which can provide a good international exposure.

“We will get to know how the administration works in the country. We have got a great opportunity and I want to thank our principal for this,” said Gurinder Preet Singh, another student.

“We will get to know about the working of embassies and the UN. We will see how these people work and what makes America so successful. We want to understand their special qualities and learn from them,” said Gurvinder Singh.

“There are few students in the world, who get the chance to learn these type of activities. These students are basically the future leaders of India. Tomorrow, they are going to become administrators or good leaders or hold some other responsible posts. They will apply whatever knowledge gain from the conference,” said Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Principal of Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha School.

During the 15-day tour, the participants would be taken to many places including Washington DC, Lincoln Memorial, World Bank and International Human Rights Commission.

The students are waiting anxiously for the wonderful experience to begin. (ANI)

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