Nagpur girl Shweta Umre (21) made the city proud as she received an award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 27 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Shweta won the award for winning the first prize at National Youth Parliament 2019 organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on February 26 at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Centre in the capital.
National Youth Parliament 2019, which was a one-day competition, was the first ever debate competition directly organised by the Government of India. During the competition, students were allotted a particular topic, on which they had to speak for three minutes. Shweta, who was among the 56 contestants, spoke on the topic: Connecting India Economically, Geographically and Culturally.
Shweta, who is a final year forensic science student of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU), is a frequent debater and has participated in more than 500 competitions and has won around 250 awards for her oratory skills.
Speaking to Nation Next, Shweta said, “I’ve been participating in debates and elocution contests from a long time. But this particular experience at National Youth Parliament was really amazing as it was a huge platform. Students from across India participated in the competition and we all got to learn a lot from each other.”
Speaking about her success, Shweta added, “The only way of achieving anything in life is to have faith in yourself despite facing problems. For those who like to debate, I would just say one thing: Keep participating no matter what as participation will nurture your skills.”