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JNU gears up for union polls

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2008 23:32 IST
Tanya Ashreena

The election schedule for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to elect councillors to different schools and the central panel of JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has been announced.

The election process is due to start on October 16 and commence on November 5.

This year saw guidelines of the Lyndoh Committee implemented in Delhi University, but JNU says they have already been following most of the guidelines.

“In fact, it was JNU which showed the way. In our university, the election culture never included loudspeakers, cars and printed posters, unlike DU. We always conducted elections on low budgets, not exceeding Rs 5,000 and used hand-made posters,” said Sarada Prasanna Das, chairperson of the election committee.

Last year’s presidential debate saw vandalism by the members of the ABVP, but this year strict action will be undertaken to prevent such activities.

“We will not tolerate any such violent behaviour. We complained to the vice-chancellor of the damage caused by ABVP, and they were let off with a warning. While their case is still going on, we will see to it that they get proper punishment,” said Sandeep Singh, outgoing president, JNU.

All India Student Association:

“We want scholarships for underprivileged BA and MA students to be increased from Rs 1, 500 to Rs 2,500 to make life easier for poorer sections. Our other demands include a 24X7 functioning library and an increase in the number of doctors in the health centre. At the national level, we condemn the fake encounter at Jamia Nagar and the ill-treatment meted out to residents of Azamgarh,” said Avdesh (who goes by his first name), AISA president.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad:

“Our main concern is the OBC quota. Out of the mandatory 27% reservation, only 12% has been executed, and we want the remaining 15% to be implemented. We ask for increase in the number of classrooms and hostels in order to accommodate the increased number of students after the OBC quota is fulfilled. We also want quick construction of the two new approved hostels, so they can be in use by the next academic session in July 2009. At the national level, we are against terrorism plaguing society, and wish for strong laws like POTA to fight against it. Our party is against Bangladeshi illegal immigration, and the Indo-US nuclear deal,” said Amit Singh, National Executive member, ABVP.

Students’ Federation of India:

“Our political agenda includes a movement against the Indo-US nuclear deal, because India’s sovereignty is compromised by it, and gears it towards American interests. We condemn the UPA’s inability to prevent communal riots in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, and are against communal outfits such as the VHP and RSS. We want proper implementation of the OBC quota, and an increased research grant for scholars,” said D.K. Anand, SFI unit president.

Youth for Equality

“Our agenda is in opposition to caste-based reservation. We deplore the fact that reservation is made use of by only the creamy layer, and is not reaching out to the poorest sections of society. We are not a political party, and wish to focus our energy on spreading social awareness. One of our goals is to improve primary education in the country, and bring to an end to reservation, which we feel is a part of vote-bank politics,” said Raghiv Akhtar, of Youth For Equality.