Every year, the Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections are accompanied by energetic rallies, passionate speeches, over-zealous campaigning and a lot of wastage of paper.
Throwing norms to the wind, student parties littered the PU campus during election rallies.
A simple stroll around the university campus, or even UIET or GGDSD College, will reveal heaps of paper leaflets — election posters, stickers, manifestoes — flying in the air during rallies or simply spread across the road.
Even the students on the campus feel it is a menace which immediately needs to be curbed. “It’s high time that the student parties started looking for alternative means to campaign. As it is, all the students nowadays are active on social media, so the parties should concentrate on campaigning on these mediums instead of wasting heaps of paper and littering the university, ”says Disha Thakur, a student at the department of physics.
Pallavi Rathore, an SD college student, echoes Thakur’s view. “Party workers are constantly bombarding us with stickers and pamphlets all the time. In fact, once their rallies get over, you cannot even see the ground as it is completely covered with stickers and pamphlets.”
“Student parties don’t seem to understand what works for students these days. They insist on thrusting pamphlets in our hands and pasting leaflets everywhere. They should know that talking to students, face to face, would help further their cause more than littering the campus,”says Deepak Sharma from the arts department.