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Youth Activities

As already said the main objective of the Forum is education of the public on economic issues.

Among the many constructive and highly productive activities of  the Forum  over the years are the Leadership Training Camps (good citizenship camps) that are held in different places on a regular basis with a view to helping today’s youngsters to become good, responsible, active and well-informed citizens of tomorrow.  Hundreds of youngsters from all over the country have participated and benefited from this particular activity. 

The public meetings arranged by the Forum are generally on topical economic and national subjects.  For instance every year several public meetings are held in different places with a view to analyse  economic implications of the Union Budget.  The Forum was among the first few organizations in the country to arrange public meetings on this subject ever since it was established in 1956.  In fact the legendary Nani A. Palkhivala, who brought home to the citizens of the country the importance of the Union Budget throughout his annual talks on the subject, first spoke on the subject on the Forum platform in March 1958 before an audience of about 600.  This annual meeting in Mumbai addressed by him drew increasing attendances each year as a result of which the venue had to be shifted to bigger and bigger venues culminating in the meeting being held at the vast Brabourne Stadium, where cricket test matches were held, from 1983 to 1994.  The attendance went on increasing and it was estimated that in the last three years,  that he addressed. the attendance was in excess of 100,000, which has no parallel anywhere in the world for an attendance at a meeting on an economic subject.

Booklets published by the Forum are sent not only to its own members and student associates, but also to over 9500 colleges and management institutes in the country, all members of Parliament, over 250 chambers of commerce, press and others.  All this is done free of cost.

For more than 30 years now the Forum has been organizing discussion sessions for the benefit of senior corporate executives with a view to helping them analyse and discuss various legislations having implications on the corporate sector.  The main object of the seminar is to help create good corporate citizens.

Several educational institutions, public  service organizations and NGOs in Mumbai and other cities regularly approach the Forum for help and guidance in arranging programmes and meetings, including for providing or identifying suitable speakers.  Many a time the Forum itself takes the responsibility of ensuring that the programmes are smoothly organized.

The 56th All-India Essay Competition for College Students, conducted by Forum of Free Enterprise, has just been announced. The subject of the competition is:


The competition, sponsored by Jyoti Limited, Vadodara, is open to college graduate and post-graduate students, full-time management students and also IIT students. The best four entries will be awarded cash prizes. Panel of Judges: Ms. Sumaira Abdulali, Chairperson, Awaaz Foundation, Dr. Ratna Magotra, Cardiac Surgeon & Trustee, Public Concern for Governance Trust, Mr. Paramjeet Singh, IRS & President, Dharam Bharti Mission. All the panelists are eminent citizen activists.

Details of the competition are available at the office of Forum of Free Enterprise, Peninsula House, 2nd floor, 235 Dr. D. N. Road, Mumbai 400 001, telefax: 22614253 , e-mail:, website:

The last date for receipt of the entries is 31st October 2012.


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