Hindustan Times interacted with the students of Panjab University and asked them if the expenditure of the grants given to the students’ council should be made public and be put to debate. A majority of students agreed that it was in the best interest of all the stakeholders that the spendings should be made public.
‘Will get to know how grants are used’
It should be made public. After all, we should also know how much the grants are and how they are being utilised. All we get to hear are complaints about the paucity of grants. We hear so much about there being not enough grant. It is essential to be completely transparent on this issue.
Prachi Rattanpal, MA sociology (second year)
‘Transparency a must in democratic setup’
They should definitely be made public. In a democratic setup, transparency is a must. It also calls for an open public debate on the issue that will lead to a more judicious use of the funds, which will in turn increase the efficiency of the students’ council by keeping them on a tight leash.
Ishrat Singh, MA, mass communication (second year).
‘Will get to judge the council’s work’
The expenditure should indeed be made public so that all the students get to know how the students’ council worked and if they actually did something worthwhile. Personally, I feel that each institute should discuss their expenditure so that we do not have any doubts.
Lovely Kumar Grover, MA ancient history (second year)
‘Parties should be mandated to give details about spending’
It should definitely be made public. Before the elections, each party should be mandated to give details about where they intend to spend the grants during the year. Voters should have access to this as well so that they have an idea about whom to elect the next time.
Tanvi Batta, MA English (second year)
‘Will increase the trust among students’
Yes it should be made public as it will increase the trust among the students and there will be more transparency in the working of the students’ council. I feel the council should make an annual plan before they apply for grants which should also be presented to the students so that they can choose the representatives wisely.
Shwet Sekhri, BE biotech (second year)
‘Debate needed for a democratic functioning’
Students should clearly know for what purpose the grants are given and how they are being used for their benefit. This is one issue on which no one should be afraid of going public. A debate is called for in the interest of clean and democratic functioning.
Mohit Marwah, MA, mass communication (first year)
‘Representatives’ responsibility to give details’
I believe that the expenditure of grants given to PU Campus Students' Council should be made public. It is the responsibility of the elected student representatives to come out clean on the spending of the grants by giving details about the expenditure. This would be a good step in the interest of true democratic functioning.
Ruchi Arora, MA English (second year)
‘Debate should not become part of propaganda’
The expenditure of the grants given to the council should be made public and debated. The concerned authorities should ensure that the data is transparently maintained and that the debate is conducted with the benefit of the students in mind and does not become just an exercise in election propaganda.”
Nidhi Bharti, MA, mass communication
(Inputs by Neetika Walter and Prabhneet Kaur)