Students’ union polls to be held in Madhya Pradesh from next year

The announcement comes after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad launched an agitation with 32 demands, including holding of elections and scrapping the semester system.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:September 22, 2016 4:24 am

The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh announced Wednesday that students’ union polls will be held in state-run colleges from next year. The announcement comes after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad launched an agitation with 32 demands, including holding of elections and scrapping the semester system.

On Wednesday, they organised a rally at Dussehra Maidan in Kaliasot. After the rally, the protesters marched towards the Secretariat, but were stopped by police near the Tin Shed locality. Higher Education Minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiyya met the protesters there and agreed to their key demands.

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“The students’ elections haven’t been held for the last few years. We will hold them from the next year. We have also accepted the demand to scrap the semester system in colleges,’’ Pavaiyya said after meeting the ABVP supporters. He said modalities of the election will be announced later.

The ABVP called the announcement “historic” and said it will bring positive changes in the field of education. Office-bearers of ABVP had on Tuesday said the state government’s “indifference” had enabled the education mafia to take root in the state.

“The government has failed to stop corruption, commercialisation and privatisation in the field of education. It has failed to rein in bureaucracy and has cut down funds to universities. The government has been found wanting in controlling private institutions and vice-chancellors and principals are acting like autocrats,’’ the ABVP alleged in a statement.