New trend this year: Girls contesting major posts

Written by Srishti Choudhary | Chandigarh | Published:September 3, 2013 3:47 am

As the student organisations in Panjab University (PU) gear up for the Student Council elections on September 4,some of the parties have decided to bank on the girl power this year,by selecting girl candidates to contest for the main positions in the council,including the

president and general secretary posts.

Student Federation of India (SFI) has selected Navjot Kaur,from the Department of Physics,for the post of president,while the alliance of Indian National Student Organization (INSO),Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) and Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) has also chosen a girl candidate,Abha Sharma,for the post of the general secretary.

Prabhpreet,party president,SFI says,“Talk of any major movement,girls have always proved their mettle through their hard work.

So this time we decided to give a girl the opportunity to contest for the top-most

position.”

It is ironical that despite the maximum voter-turnout of girls in the student union elections every year,not a single girl has ever managed to win the post of the president in the Student Council. INSO had projected Rita Ghail,a student of LLM,as the presidential candidate last year,but she lost,while ABVP had thrice projected girl candidates for the post of president,but none of them could make it to the

final post.

All the major parties have always been hesitant to consider girls for major positions,thus,allowing them to contest for the post of vice-president.

Following the same trend,this year too all the parties have selected girls to contest for the post of vice-president.

“It is high time that all the student organisations in the university take note of the fact that there ought to be equality among boys and girls on the campus. If there can be a boy president,why cannot a girl be on that position,” SFI’s Navjot Kaur asks.

PRESIDENT NAVJOT KAUR SFI

GENERAL SECRETARY ABHA SHARMA PUSU-INSO-ABVP

VICE-PRESIDENT AKANSHA SOOD SOPU-SOI-HSA-HPSU

VICE PRESIDENT DISHA ARORA PUSU-INSO-ABVP

VICE PRESIDENT VIDHI BHUGRA NSUI-HIMSU

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