Know the first woman president of Panjab University

Studies animals, fights for student rights, gender equality

punjab Updated: Sep 07, 2018 11:51 IST
Arshdeep Arshi
Arshdeep Arshi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
first woman president,Panjab University,Tarn Taran
Kanupriya

CHANDIGARH She has travelled quite a distance — completing her schooling from Tarn Taran and then becoming the first ever woman president of Panjab University. A budding zoologist, Kanupriya, 22, is confident, amicable and a fast learner — the traits that helped her make history on the Panjab University campus.

Born to businessman Pawan Kumar and nurse Chandar Sudha Rani at Patti in Tarn Taran district of Punjab, Kanupriya studied at Sacred Heart Convent School, Taran Tarn. She joined the Zoology department at Panjab University in 2014 and is currently pursuing MSc (second year).

“We will raise student issues and not let ourselves become a puppet in the hands of the authorities. All elected representatives will work as a team for student rights.”

A keen photographer, who embodies the beliefs of Martin Luther King and Bhagat Singh, Kanupriya joined Students For Society (SFS) in 2015 and rose through the ranks to be fielded as the presidential candidate three years on. She never misses a chance to raise voice for gender equality.

“Student-centric issues led me to campus politics. My victory is not my personal, but it is a result of the collective struggle of SFS members. We will raise student issues and not let ourselves become a puppet in the hands of the authorities. All elected representatives will work as a team for student rights,” says Kanupriya.

The main issues on her mind are round-the-clock timings for girls’ hostels, hostels for all and a proper fee structure. Raising voice against the privatisation of education and disbanding University Grants Commission (UGC) is what she also wants to do.

On campus life, she says, “My favourite place in the university is my hostel (No 4) where we have a mini-forest. There are places on the campus that create a photographic symmetry, which I like.”

First Published: Sep 07, 2018 11:30 IST