JNU Students’ Union polls: Meet the winners

Mohit Pandey of AISA was elected president, while Amal P P and Satarupa Chakraborty of SFI were elected vice-president and secretary respectively.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 12, 2016 3:15 am
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President
Mohit K Pandey, PhD student, Centre for Media Studies (School of Social Sciences)
Pandey hails from Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. He was associated with the AISA since 2012 and joined the JNU in 2013. He won by a margin of 409 votes, beating Rahul Sonpimple from BAPSA. “I think clinching issues of social justice will be our top priority, like the correct implementation of reservation in direct PhDs and reducing viva voce marks,” he says.

Vice-president
Amal P P, PhD student, Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies (School of International Studies)
Amal hails from Ernakulum in Kerala. He joined JNU in 2014 for MPhil, but has been with the SFI since 2007. Amal defeated Ravi Ranjan Choudhary of the ABVP by 1,304 votes. “I think the first and foremost, the hostel crisis on the campus needs to be addressed, along with issues of gender justice and cuts in fellowship,” he says.

General secretary
Satarupa Chakraborty, PhD student, Centre for Philosophy (School of Social Sciences)

Chakraborty, who hails from Assam, joined the JNU as an MPhil student in 2013. She was the JNUSU convenor of her School last year. Her association with the SFI goes back to 2006. She won by a margin of 1,094 votes, beating Vijay Kumar of the ABVP. “For the hostel crisis, we may have to start some kind of agitation, demanding not just accommodation for all but dignified accommodation,” she says.

Joint secretary

Tabrez Hasan, MPhil student, Centre for Persian and Central Asian Studies (School of Languages)

Hasan hails from Araria in Bihar. He joined the JNU in 2012 as an undergraduate student, but has been active in AISA since 2009. “The hostel crunch and implementation of minority deprivation points are among the most important issues.” — Aranya Shankar