Committee Summary

This application-based committee, intended for expert delegates, is considered one of the most selective and prestigious committees on the circuit. Ad-Hoc will feature a secret topic to be approved by the Secretary-General.

Rules and Procedure

We are more than aware that there are some differences between the American and Indian styles of Model United Nations, so we'd like to outline some norms to establish for the conference so that everyone is on the same page and we can focus as much as possible on substantive debate.

The Ad-Hoc topic will be released 24 hours before the first session of committee, in which delegates will be presented with a dossier containing a background guide and a list of characters with portfolio powers. We hope to see research from delegates that shows extensive dedication to learning about the topic. More specifically, we're looking for delegates who use their research to write substantive directives, persuade the room, and address complex problems with creative solutions.

Your goal as a delegate is to make an impact on committee and drive the committee's agenda to your favor, which will expectedly result in clashes between delegates. As always, we ask that you show respect to each other throughout conference, whether in the chaos of an unmod, your in-room speeches, or speaking to crisis staffers.

We'll also take this opportunity to note that there are some of the superficial aspects of crisis committees that we don't weigh heavily in determination of awards, such as putting your paper on top of a merged directive, using cover letters, or writing directives that make little impact. Both of us have ample experience in staffing and competing, and we'll be on the lookout for those who lead a coalition, make substantive speeches, and guide the direction of committee. In the backroom, we'll be looking for crisis notes that have a strong narrative, clear goals, evidence of research, creative setup, and impactful consequences. The true test of a good delegate is not simply triggering a crisis update, but capitalizing on the update to move the committee based on your vision. Being well-informed on the committee topic will be an advantage, but applying that knowledge into tangible results in committee will determine awards.

We understand that it feels like a lot is on the line for many of you in this committee. Whether it's for your college application, your competitive record, or simply your personal satisfaction, we completely understand the passion and drive that you will bring to conference. Thus, we ask that you bring decorum and substance to ensure that this conference is as diplomatic and fun as possible. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions at adhoc@ilmunc-india.com.

Sincerely,

Jay Vaingankar and Joshita Varshney

 

Letter from the Chair

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Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference, India 2018 and to the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General! I am so excited to meet you all in just a few days and spearhead discussions regarding economic, political, and social stability. Your Crisis Director Jay Vaingankar and I have worked to ensure the committee is intellectually stimulating and challenging.

To introduce myself, I'm be a sophomore in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, which is a dual degree program across the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School, with a focus on Mandarin. Born in New Delhi, India, I moved to the suburbs of Philadelphia at a young age and have stayed there since. While I enjoyed my competitive four years at Model UN in high school, I find the planning of conferences just as interesting. I am an Under Secretary-General for ILMUNC Philadelphia, Teaching Assistant for Wharton 101 (the introductory course for Wharton first-year students), Alumni Coordinator for the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, Research Assistant for Lauder Institute graduate students, and member of the Global Strategy team for Wharton Asia Exchange. Outside of the academic world, I am passionate about languages, coffee, Spanish music, diplomacy, and cooking.

I can’t wait to see you all, so please do say hello and strike a conversation with me (even if you catch me running around during the conference!). Despite being so close to home, I am eager to meet people from all over India at ILMUNC. On behalf of Jay and I, we are looking forward to an action-packed weekend!

Sincerely,

Joshita Varshney

Chairperson

Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General

 

Letter from the Crisis Director

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Dear Delegates,

Welcome to ILMUNC India! On behalf of my crisis staff and the rest of Secretariat, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General. I hope you are as excited for this committee as I am, as this conference will challenge you in new and innovative ways. As you know, this application-based committee attracts some of the finest delegates on the circuit, and I'm honored to be your Crisis Director for this conference.

To introduce myself, my name is Jay Vaingankar and I'm a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, studying in the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but both my parents and the rest of my family are from Mumbai. On campus, I'm a Deputy Director of Penn's Intercollegiate Model United Nations team. I thoroughly enjoy the thrill of competing, and I'm looking forward sharing this experience with you.

Outside of class and MUN, some of my hobbies are playing basketball, doing Bhangra, learning foreign languages, debating politics, and of course, tagging people in memes.

Crisis committees bring the ideal blend of in-room politics, substantive debate, and creativity. Although the Ad-Hoc topic will not be released for a few months, I will be attaching some guidelines for the procedure of committee so we can focus as much as possible on substance. Give it a good read and be ready for an experience full of challenges you've never seen before.

If you have any questions about committee, college life, Penn, or anything in general, please feel free to email me at adhoc@ilmunc-india.com.

Sincerely,

Jay Vaingankar

Crisis Director

Ad-Hoc Committee of the Secretary-General