International Youth Conference on Commerce & Economics

And what part would I have in anything of even remotely related to commerce and economics? More than I expected! It wasn’t until I attended this event (as a member of the Sharada Mandir School delegation) that I realised what an integral component economics plays in our lives. The  “Economics=Money” prejudice which had for quite a few years, went out of the window here!

The IYCCE (International Youth Conference on Commerce & Economics) is a feather in the hat of City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). This year, was the 4th edition, hosted by CMS, Station Road Campus, from 28th to 31st of October. There was a wide spectrum of competitions, complemented by a series of lectures from various experts in the field.

Our school team (Team No. N009 led by Ms. Kripa Narayan) participated in all ten competitions, as follows:

Senior Category (Std. 11 & 12)

  • BUIZ- QUIZ (Business quiz) – Julian Fernandes & Esha Volvoikar
  • BULL Vs BEAR (Debate) – Esha Volvoikar
  • B-PLAN (Create an innovative business plan) – Alok Cordeiro & Aveera Juss
  • FINTOONS (Financial cartoons) – Rishika Khemka
  • COM.NET (Subject Knowledge Tests) – Maithili Arlekar & Alok Cordeiro
  • E-MANAGE (Eco friendly industry presentation) – Aveera Juss & Rishika Khemka

Junior Category (Std. 10)

  • SCI-TOOLS (Making a fully functional scientific project prototype) – Raunak Hede & Siddhant Govekar
  • ENTREPRENEUR EXPRESSION (Inspirational & Motivational Corporate speech) – Deepali Desai
  • SOUND OF SILENCE (Mime) – Siddhant Govekar, Sahil Betigeri, Deepali Desai & Raunak Hede

Combined team from both categories:

  • AD-VENTURE (Performing an advertisement) – Alok Cordeiro, Sahil Betigeri, Aveera Juss, Rishika Khemka, Deepali Desai

In addition to the plethora of competitions, there were also seminars and interactive sessions by various eminent personalities including the likes of:

  • Professor Santosh Mehrotra, JNU & Chairperson Centre for Informal sector & Labour studies, Delhi
  • Mr. Anuj Kumar Jha, Directore, Information, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
  • Dr. Himanshu Rai, Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML), Former Dean at MISB Bocconi, Milan (Italy), Ex-faculty XLRI Jamshedpur, alumnus of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • Dr. M. Ashraf Rizvi, Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow, alumnus of Harvard Business School, Harvard University
  • Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chair of Education Economics and International Development, University of London
  • Ms. Madhvi Kukreja, Social Acitivist and Social Entrepreneur, Sanatkada, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Vanangana, Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, Founder-Member, Treasurer

As well as a number of informative talks by the Founder-Manager of CMS, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi, on his vision of world peace.


My classmate (Siddhant Govekar) and I, participated in Sci-Tools, which involved making a fully functional scientific prototype. Our project was an Automated Highway Lighting System powered by a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.

Click here to view our presentation, and this was our chart (displayed on the table).

As you may have noticed from the photographs, not all components which we made were used in the final prototype. The bearing assemblies, for instance, were excluded at the last minute due to weight issues. Another major change we made barely four days before leaving for the competition, was to replace the high-gauge PVC fins with cut-outs from a cheap plastic bucket. Nonetheless, it was a learning experience on real-life simplification. As a not-so-very-famous person once said, “Eschew obfuscation espouse elucidation.” So in a word: PVC and bearings didn’t work, but a plastic bucket and a top-hanging motor mount, did.

All in all, it turned out quite well despite the initial hiccups.

The 4th IYCCE was a truly enriching experience, which I will never forget.


  1. Raunak,
    I loved how you have written this piece. I particularly like how you have video and photos documented the entire process of prepping for the event.

    A wonderful refresher read for me too.

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