Academicians and intellectuals in the city on Friday hailed the Supreme Court approval of the Lyngdoh committee report on Student Union elections saying that the country-wide outrage over Professor H S Sabharwal’s murder had an important bearing in the apex court decision.
Government Madhav College Principal L N Verma, where Professor H S Sabarwal was killed during the student union election said the recommendations are fine but more important is how they are implemented effectively.
The college administrations alone could not do much in this regard as they lacked adequate administrative powers, he opined.
Verma suggested constitution of a separate statutory body to conduct student union elections. Vikram University Vice Chancellor Ram Rajesh Mishra said though he has not gone through the details of the Lyngdoh committee report, whatever the Apex Court has approved must be useful in purging the electoral process in colleges.
Noted writer Shiv Sharma said the death of Sabharwal infused a sense of urgency in the Apex Court Supreme Court to act tough on hooliganism during student union elections.
“Real tribute to Professor Sabharawal would be the proper implementation of the reforms,” he said. However, he doubted the sincerity of political parties in this matter.
ABVP general secretary Vishnu Dutt Sharma claimed that his organization had submitted similar suggestions to the Lyngdoh committee. The ABVP is opposed to political interference in student union elections, he added.
NSUI city unit president Umesh Sanger, however differed saying ‘how could student union elections be separated from political parties when the Constitution has empowered youth over 18 years of age to elect governments.’
He also termed as ‘unjustified’ the limit of Rs 5000 for campaign and hand made posters in the student elections in the ‘present hi- tech age.’ He said the NSUI would put forth its point before the Apex Court during the hearing.