A mock parliament was organised at the Government Law College, Ernakulam. Its members discussed the recent Indian Bill on providing '10% reservation quota for economically weak in the general category.' Heated debates and discussions occurred when the model parliament took up the hot button issue. The college students acted as elected Members of Parliament.
Being law students, the participants were able to put forth legal opinions about the bill. A few speakers pointed out the unconstitutional aspects of the bill which was in fact passed by the Indian parliament recently and soon received the nod of the President subsequently.
The programme was conducted at the Central Assembly Hall of the Law College on February 1. Basheer, a social worker, political thinker and former student of the college, acted as the Speaker of the mock parliament.
Nikhil Nair, Debate Club secretary, said the mock parliament was organised to familiarise students about the functioning of the legislative body. Students also learn to make rapid decisions, work as a team and form constructive criticism. They also learn to form opinions on issues of national importance while taking part in such events.
The Debate Club is planning to host inter-class debates in the coming months and such competitive events are popular in colleges as they help students to strengthen critical thinking and form a concrete reasoned opinion on various topics they take up.
The Arts Club of the Government Law College also organised an art rally named Kala Ghosha Yatra. It was held on January 31 ahead of the Arts Festival Week held from February 4 to 8. The participants, dressed in traditional costumes, marched down the road in front of the college. Students with face paintings were the centre of attraction of the colourful parade. Tourists were seen taking photographs of the students, who were also seen dancing to the accompaniment of music.
Baby Parvathy, the Arts Club Secretary, said such a vibrant rally was organised to dispel the general notion that law students are serious academics, devoid of any artistic talents.
The rally began from the Students' Union Office and returned to the college whereupon the the name of the Arts Fest of 2019 – Jinjinakkadi – was announced.