Ghaziabad inter college turns nomination centre, students to miss classes for a week
One inter-college each in Ghaziabad, Loni, Modi Nagar have been turned into nomination centresnoida Updated: Nov 01, 2017 22:50 IST
The MB Girls’ Inter College on Wednesday turned into a fortress with security personnel taking control of the main entrance and the roads leading to the college, as the college was turned into a nomination centre. Nearly 2,500 girl students of the college have been asked to stay home from November 1 to 7.
A similar situation persisted in Modi Nagar and Loni as well, as Maharshi Dayanand Inter College and Vardhman Inter College, respectively, were turned into nomination centres.
“Since our girls’ college has become a nomination centre, we have asked the students to stay home. There will be no classes for students of classes 6 to 12 till November 8 as the administration needed rooms for nominations and other works,” said Hemlata Rajput, principal, MB Girls’ Inter College, Navyug Market, Ghaziabad.
It is an aided institution affiliated to the UP Board. It was chosen as a nomination centre as it has 55 rooms, including 33 classrooms. “Initially, district officials came for inspection and our college was declared a nomination centre for civic body polls. In the off period, we also have some holidays coming up but our students will have to attend additional classes to make up for one week of classes,” she said.
The district administration officials said they have no choice but to use large school buildings for election-related work as such buildings are difficult to find and renting one would involve huge expenditure.
“We had little choice but to use the school as a nomination centre as it is accessible by main roads and also has a large number of rooms. The case is similar with the nomination centres in Modi Nagar and Loni too. The students will have to attend extra classes to make up for the lost classes. There is hardly any other option. We, however, will return the school in a neat and clean condition once our work is over,” said Ritu Maheshwari, the district election officer.
Generally, schools are the favoured choice for setting up nomination centres and polling centres during elections as they are available free-of-cost to the administration.
During the Lok Sabha and assembly polls, the Ghaziabad administration had arranged rooms in district headquarters due to fewer candidates.
“Since we have different returning officers assigned and have different sets of wards for local body elections, we need more rooms. In case we hire hotels, it will incur a huge cost that cannot be met, as per the budget provided. So, the choice of school premises becomes obvious,” a district official said.
The three inter colleges will resume classes on November 8 while the other schools are likely to be closed as they will be used as polling centres or booths.