In a face to face conversation with Hindustan Times, new Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) president Nishant Kaushal talks about his journey and his plans for the future:
What helped you achieve victory?
Our agenda to bring students to the centrestage instead of those affiliated to political parties or those influenced by major political outfits in the region.
What will be your priorities?
We will focus on the fee hike issue, financial crisis, hygiene in hostels, sanitation, cleanliness at the Student Centre and creating placements cells in every department.
What will be your immediate goals?
We will make the university ‘from the students and for the students’ and involve them in every step we initiate for the betterment of the university.
Whom do you consider the architect of your victory?
President Navaldeep Singh is technically the man behind the victory. He has done a lot of work for the party to ensure that the organisations affiliated to political outfits are kept at an arm’s length from the campus.
Did the alliance with a new party help you win?
I give the credit of our victory to our strong alliance partner National Students Union of India Student Front (NSUISF). Although NSUISF is a faction of the NSUI, it proved fruitful for us.
‘Face behind victory’
After the PUSU-led alliance bagged all four seats in the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council polls, new president Nishant Kaushal attributed the success to Navaldeep Singh (in picture). Navaldeep (26), an MA sociology 1st year student and a native of Patiala, was arrested in a case involving firing on the varsity campus on April 8. He remained in jail for four months. PUSU said he was wrongly arrested at the behest of Student Organisation of India. He is a gold medalist from the Institute of Educational Technology and Vocational Education. He has been PUSU campus president since 2014. “It was a battle between students and Punjab government. We always wanted to support a non-political front. Our partner NSUISF played a big role,” he said.