PU students gave a mandate against student wings of political parties — an end to VIP culture

PUSU members highlighted that the results signalled an end to the culture of mainstream political parties backing student bodies on the campus.

Written by Shubhkarman Dhaliwal | Chandigarh | Published:September 9, 2016 3:56 am

After emerging victorious after five years, the Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) members highlighted that the results signalled an end to the culture of mainstream political parties backing student bodies on the campus. The four newly-elected members talk to Shubhkarman Dhaliwal.

President: Nishant Kaushal, PhD scholar, department of biotechnology

How do you view the PUCSC results?

Students have given a mandate against the student wings of political parties – an end to the VIP culture, which these student organisations had brought to the campus. These organisations were motivated by political agenda and not the students’ welfare.

What will be your priority after you take office in the Student Council?

Representation in the PU Senate, so that the students have a say in the matters of the university, especially on the issue of fee hike. As elected student representatives, we should be allowed to participate.

Being a research scholar, what issues would you take up as a priority related to PhD scholars?

A research scholar completes his PhD in over six years whereas the time period allotted to him to live in hostels is for five years. I will focus on providing them accommodation for a period of six years and ask authorities to build a separate hostel for the research scholars so that they get time to complete their research projects.

Whats is the reason for Panjab University not having a women president till now.?

Its surprising. It depends on the candidate who is being selected to contest from the party. She needs to have a complete understanding of students’ issues.

What is your stand on the financial crisis being faced by PU?

We will work in co-operation with authorities to make sure we get adequate funds. Since, we are student representatives, we will not extract any political mileage from the issue. We will genuinely take up this issue with the government and will not back out until our demands are met.

Vice-president: Avneet Kaur, law department

How do you view the PUCSC results?

Students have given a clear message to leaders who have political motives and no vision for the student welfare, that they are no longer required.

What will be your priority after you take office in the Student Council?

I will work for transparency in the allotment of girls hostel, which is the need of the hour. There is need to ensure proper hygiene in university hostel.

Being a law student, what will you do for your department?

Firstly, adequate sanitation in the department and hostels. I want to encourage students of my department to come and take part in student politics actively to keep the political outfits away from the university.

What is the reason for Panjab University not having a women president till now?

It is only a matter of time that when we are going to see a woman president in the university. I will motivate more girls to participate in student politics.

What is your stand on the financial crisis being faced by PU?

PU should look for new ways to come out of this fiscal crisis, rather than imposing fee hike. The authorities should put pressure on government and involve students as well in the campaign. I would like to appeal to the students to come together on this issue as the institution with such great importance should not struggle for funds.

GENERAL SECRETARY: Ashiq Mohammad, University Institute of Applied and Management Sciences (UIAMS)

How do you view the PUCSC results?

It shows that the students no longer want student wings of political parties to rule on campus. The culture of bringing mainstream political leaders to make fake promises should end, and also the culture of luring students with trips, movies and booze will not bring votes for them.

What will be on your priority after you enter the council office?

Firstly, a neat and clean campus. Secondly, proper hygiene in hostels. I will work to improve the condition of food as a priority.

Being a student from UIAMS, what will you do for your department?

Better salary packages for students during placements. It is a self-financed course with a fees of 1.5 lakh per semester and the maximum package we get during placement is 3.50 lakhs rupees which is very less. More companies should be invited for placements.

What’s the reason for Panjab University not having a women president till now.?

Somehow the majority of the girls stay away from the student politics. There are still apprehensive about contesting for the electoral post of president in Panjab University.

What is your stance on the financial crisis being faced by PU?

We will discuss the issue with PU administration and understand the whole process as to what led to this financial crisis in the university. Fee hike is not the solution, and we should look for other ways to generate revenue and solve this problem.

JOINT SECRETARY : Amit Kaushik, University Institute of Engineering and Technology

How do you view the PUCSC results?

Sudent have shown that they are against student organizations affiliated with political parties. They no longer want to elect student leaders who do not have any vision and policy for student welfare.

What will be on your priority after you enter the council office?

The main priority will be upgradation of the syllabus in Panjab University which is the need of the hour as it is one of the reasons we do not have good placement packages. We will ask the university authorities to do it at the earliest and also take suggestions from the companies as what they look for in students during placement interviews.

Being a student from UIET, what will you do for your department?

There is need to ensure better placements. A special team should be constituted to understand the requirements of the companies coming for placements following which we will organize various personality based programmes and training initiatives for students so that they are fully prepared for during the interview.

What’s the reason for Panjab University not having a women president till now?

More women candidates need to participate in student politics. A candidate needs to convince the voters that she has a vision for women empowerment instead of just taking up the issue to gain political mileage.

What is your stance on the financial crisis being faced by PU?

We will engage with the PU Teachers Association (PUTA) and other authorities to find a way to resolve this crisis. Measures like fee hike are not sufficient as the university should be a place where education should be affordable to all sections of society and fee hike will hamper that.