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Students repose greater faith in college unions

Even as the stage is set for the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls, the student voter community is far from being enthused. Shaswati Das reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2012 23:03 IST
Shaswati Das

Even as the stage is set for the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls, the student voter community is far from being enthused.

Though the voter turnout stood at about 33% last year, the student community is not enamoured by the elaborate promises made by the candidates.

Instead, they now repose greater faith in their individual college unions which they feel are quick to address issues as opposed to the lackadaisical DUSU.

"We are better off without the drama that accompanies DUSU polls. College elections are much more important and more egalitarian in nature because they actually address student problems," said Aishwarya Vaishnav, a student of LSR.

Yet, it is not just the students from Lady Shri Ram, St. Stephen's College, Jesus and Mary College and Indraprastha College who are grateful about the exclusion of their college from the polls, but students from participating colleges have also lost faith in the game.

"The college participates very actively in the elections but frankly, it is a waste of time. All we see is litter all around because of the pamphlets, disruption in classes and unnecessary campaigning. Once these candidates come to power, they will not even bother about anything else," said Richa Sharma, a student of Sri Venkateswara College.

However, students who have been part of the college unions feel that it is important to be part of the larger framework.

"These colleges have functioned in isolation. In Stephen's everything was internal and seeking redressal for students was also difficult. Maybe, they should become part of the larger framework," said Maya John, who was the first woman president of St. Stephen's College in the year 2005-06.

11 candidates sent notices

The chief election officer of DUSU, CS Dubey, has issued a notice to all college principals instructing them to check I-cards of campaigners, after receiving information that some candidates will be accompanied by anti-social elements during canvassing.

A showcause notice has also been issued to three candidates —Anjela Kishore, Neha Bhardwaj and Abhishek Pandey for flouting the code of conduct and using printed material for the purpose of canvassing.

A notice had also been issued against all eight candidates of ABVP and NSUI for violating the code of conduct. - HTC