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Govt mulls 2-year tenure for student unions, seeks opinion

dehradun Updated: Apr 30, 2017 20:38 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times
Govt says two-year tenure will give students ample time to fulfil their promises.
Govt says two-year tenure will give students ample time to fulfil their promises. (HT File Photo)

The higher education department of Uttarakhand is mulling over increasing the tenure of the students’ union office bearers elected in various colleges to two years from the present one year.

For this, the student union representatives from the Kumaon region would be called to the Uttarakhand Open University campus on May 7 to discuss the matter. The voices and suggestions emerging from the meeting would be noted by the minister of state (independent charge) higher education, Dhan Singh Rawat, who would be present at the venue. A similar meeting is scheduled to be held in Dehradun on May 9 that would cater to the students union office bearers from the Garhwal region.

Speaking to HT, Rawat said that there had been demands for increasing the tenure of the student unions elected in various colleges of the state. “Many student union representatives have said that the one year period given to them is not enough as most of the time is spent in preparing for the examinations and other activities and thus they are not able to work properly. A two-year tenure would ensure that they would have ample time to fulfill their promises,” Rawat said.

Asked what would happen if a final year student of some course gets two year tenure, the minister said that such issues would be discussed in the meeting with the student union office bearers and nothing would be done against their wishes.

Neeraj Mehra, president of Haldwani’s MB (PG) college students union, said that there was an urgent need to discuss such issues. “Yes, the there is a time constraint for the students union. It is good that such a discussion would be held among the student union representatives,” he said. He also said that several other issues might be discussed during the event, which would prove beneficial for the students in the long run.

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 20:38 IST