The city colleges for girls,Panjab University,are all geared up with posters,banners,stickers,agendas and manifestos for the student elections,which are a day away.
From the mess charges and campus hygiene,to the provision of wi-fi in the campus and a day more along with the extended hours for hostellers outing,the girls have prepared a long list of agendas to bring about awareness among the students.
The president at the Government College for Girls Sector 11,Navreet Kaur said,The first thing that we plan to do is to make the student council functional as soon as possible. Its been three years in the college now but we never saw any student council in the campus where we could share our problems. The functional student council is on priority in our list of agendas.
Secondly,we also need a grievance cell,where any student can discuss any issue directly with the authorities or the principal. We have a small letter box in the corridor,which actually is a grievance box,but heaven knows who has the key to that box,as no body comes to open it, Navreet added.
Ashna Singh,contesting for the post of vice-president,said,Hostellers have been complaining about the room conditions and quality of food. The authorities increase the mess charges after every vacation. The students are also claiming that the utensils in which they eat are washed in the washrooms as there are no proper kitchens.
Amanveer Kaur,another candidate for the post of vice-president,said,Every student is demanding for wi-fi in the campus. Our library has an Internet connection,but librarians have the same dialogue,server is down,every time we go there
The girls claimed to have communication gap between the college administration and the students. Navreet said the administration is not cooperative at all. The principal should take this issue under notice,so that we could have a direct say in the administration, she added.
Girls also demanded to have a recess of at least half-an-hour in between the lectures or to have Saturdays off,like the university.
Another student,Tanya Tandon,contesting for the post of president at MCM College Sector 36,said,Being a hosteller,I want that we should get good facilities,from security to good food. I believe there is a lack of interaction between the seniors and juniors in the college. I wish to bridge this gap. Secondly,the college should hold lots of internship programmes for students,for them to gain experience.