Nagpur girl Shweta Umre bagged the first spot at the National Youth Parliament Festival 2019 which was organized by ministry of youth affairs and sports in New Delhi. The contest was held on Tuesday while the results were declared on Wednesday. The awards were handed over on the result day itself. Umre, a final year B.Sc student of Institute of Forensic Science was awarded a trophy and prize money of Rs. 2 lakhs on being the winner.
Shweta was competing her way to the numero uno spot along with 56 other youngsters who also qualified the state level contest like her. She spoke on the topic ‘Connecting India economically, geographically and culturally’ for three minutes during her turn to speak.
Prime minister Narendra Modi awarded Umre for her achievement at the award ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Youth affairs minister Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present at the occasion.
While speaking to TOI, Shweta said, “It was a vast topic. I said India was already connected, had a rich heritage and history. Youths only needed to participate in government initiatives to keep our culture intact.”
She recalls the experience of being at the national youth parliament to be nothing less than an awakening moment of her life. “Receiving the prize from the prime minister was indeed an honour. At Delhi, I saw the cultures of India mixing and the beauty of our diversity. I'm deeply thankful to my mom for my victory,” she said.
Shweta is looking forward to pursue her masters in film studies after graduating from her college. Even before she graduates, she has already been honored with 250 awards and prizes for participating in more than 500 contests till date. She has participated in various district, state and national level elocution and debate competitions as well.
Information source: timesofindia
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