Welcome note by Secretary General

To live a life in ignorance, away from the torment of life and the pains of caring for the collective whole of the world, is to many a person, a gift. Yet, to us, it is a self-imposed curse. Welcome to GSMUN 2018!This year, with our theme being ‘Recognizing and Countering the Devolution of Mankind’, not only do we wish to bring global issues to the schooling population, but we wish to empower our delegates as leaders prepared to rescue our world from the risk that we pose ourselves. With the wide array of committees we have, DISEC, ECOFIN, SOCHUM, SPECPOL, UNODC, EC, HRC AND SC; we plan to tackle matters of international significance holistically yet with sufficient focus. Furthermore, with the MUN directed for the first time by the Grade 11 (with the assistance of the Grade 12), we hope for excitement, energy and a new, never-seen-before dynamic, all concentrated towards global upliftment. Moreover, we are fortified by an excellent Admin, IT and Press Team, led by Hariharasudhan Swaminathan, Sirasit Sachdev, Jayanta Saha and Pavanrat Sakulsacha, possibly the most creative minds in this institution, directing us towards ingenious heights! Most importantly, though, what defines our potential this year is undoubtedly our delegates, strong and resilient against all the ills that pervade this world, determined and dedicated towards all that their work entails. To all the participants of GSMUN 2018, as a final note of encouragement: believe that the world can be a better place, believe that change is at the horizon, and believe that it is within our grasp.Over and out.

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Sriniketh Krishnan

Secretary General

The Secretary General of GSMUN, a person who can be approached anytime, any minute and anywhere to have a chat about the most recent global issues on decolonization or atomic energy. From his first MUN as a co-delegate of United Kingdom in UNODC in 2015 to the post of Secretary General in 2018, his journey has been incredible. He was the co-curicullar Captain of HS the former year of GSIS and is guide philosopher and friend to the student body of GSIS. In 2016 he was the delegate of Senegal in Security Council and in 2017 an active participant in various debates as the UN Representative. He is one the most reknowned debtaters with extraordinary oratory skills and has a powerful ambience around him to push and carry debates of the most complex issues around the world.If you ever find him do not hesitate to strike a conversation of the world issues.

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Shikha Kurian

Deputy Secretary General

The Deputy Secretary General, GSMUN, a kind-hearted individual, is very devoted towards her work, lives up to her deadlines.She speaks for herself and being the former co-curicullar captain of HS the former year, she has established some serious grounds. Being a part of ECOSOC in 2015 as the Representative of World Bank , Youth Assembly in 2016 and an active member of the debates as a UN Representative in 2017 in various committees; she has a very diverse experience in MUN .She has taken part in various elocution competitions and has been recognized for her excellent oratory skills. She is really interested in badminton and painting and loves horse-riding as well. She aims to be a product designer in the field of industrial engineering. If you approach her for any kind of help she will always be there for you.

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Opening Ceremony

Lt Gen Amrik Singh AVSM, SM

Lieutenant General Amrik Singh, Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Sena Medal was commissioned into 6 KUMAON of the Indian Army on 09 June 1979. He is an alumnus of St Xavier School, Ranchi, National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indan Military Academy, Dehradun. The General holds master of Science (Defence Studies) and Master of Philosophy degrees. He has attended all prestigious courses in the Army with distinction. His varied military career has seen him hold various commands, staff and instructional appointments. He has had the privilege to serve in all operational environments that our nation has to offer. From insurgency in J & K to the deserts of Rajasthan, from the jungles of the north east to Naxalite affected areas, the General has been instrumental in raising the operational threshold of his command. The General Officer during his illustrious career, having served in all operational environments in the country, has been decorated with Ati Vishisht Seva Meda, Sena Medal and Commendation Cards by the Chief of Army Staff and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief for his contribution in operations and meritorious services of an exemplary order. The General has contributed extensively in the fields of education and towards reskilling and reemployment of soldiers. The General is an environmentalist by nature, an outdoor person and a keen sportsman.The General Officer is happily married to Mrs Balvinder Kaur. They have two sons, Pranit (32 years) and Jasnit (29 years). Pranit is Director Global Programming with Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Jasnit is a Captain flying for Indigo Airlines. Mrs Balvinder Kaur holds a Master’s degree and is an educator. She has worked extensively in the fields of child and women empowerment and health awareness, she being a teacher and a counsellor. She was pivotal in raising a school for children and setting up a vocational training centre in the border town of Dharchula and at Lucknow. Her model for the revamped vocational training centre was adopted as a baseline model by the higher formation. She has also been associated with raising of Army Skill Development Centre at Kolkata for families and their dependents. This centre is affiliated to PMKVY Scheme of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. She is fond of travelling. Her interests include listening to religious and light music and promoting health awareness.

Closing Ceremony

Colonel Ajai Shukla (Retd)

Lieutenant General Colonel Ajai Shukla (Retired) is a commentator on strategic affairs and defence for Business Standard, a leading Indian news daily. Ajai also writes for global publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and South China Morning Post. Earlier, he was a war correspondent with New Delhi TV, reporting the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and in India’s insurgency-afflicted north-eastern states and Jammu & Kashmir. He also worked as a prime time news anchor for NDTV. Ajai runs a popular defence affairs blog, Broadsword (ajaishukla.blogspot.com). About 3,000-5,000 readers visit this blog daily, including military officers, academics and security policymakers from around the world. He speaks at various forums and establishments, including the War Colleges of the army, navy and air force. Before switching to journalism, Ajai was a combat soldier for over two decades, serving multiple tenures in Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. He served for a year with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mozambique and also did the Defence Services Staff College Course in Wellington. In 2001, he retired after commanding a prestigious tank regiment. Ajai is from a military family from Lucknow, UP. He graduated from The Lawrence School, Sanawar, Shimla Hills in 1975, and joined the National defence Academy, Khadakvasla. At NDA, he completed a graduate degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Later, he did his post graduation from Madras University and then went on to do a master’s degree in War Studies from King’s College, London, UK.