When Jagdish Singh tried to reach the window to file his nominations for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) elections on Tuesday,there were many to lend him a helping hand.
Enrolled in M Phil at Center for European Studies (CES),Jagdish moves around JNU campus on a hand-driven tricycle.
I was in a small village in Rajasthan,which hardly had any medical facilities available,when I contracted polio, he said. In the fray for the post of councillor at the CES,Jagdish wants to make the campus more disabled friendly.
Jagdish is one of the nearly 150 students,belonging to more than 10 organisations,who filed their nominations for the 35 posts of JNUSU on Tuesday.
Students elections at JNU have been restored after a gap of four years.
Nominations started coming in from 9 am,and continued till 5.30 pm on Tuesday. All the major organisations in the campus All India Students Association (AISA),Students Federation of India (SFI)-All India Students Federation (AISF),Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP),National Students Union of India (NSUI),Youth For Equality (YFE),etc have filed nominations for the four main posts of office bearers of JNUSU.
SFI-AISFs presidential candidate Zico Das Gupta said the main issue for them was addressing the institutional and infrastructural crisis in the campus. We need new hostels and also need to restore Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) and the equal opportunity cell, he said.
AISAs presidential candidate Sucheta De,a PhD Geography student,said the main agenda for them was enhancing the amount of scholarships at all levels for the students of JNU. The issue of scholarships is being endorsed and reiterated by most other parties as well. ABVP general secretary Sandeep Kumar Singh said the party will raise these issues in the upcoming elections.
Candidates will be allowed to withdraw nominations till noon on Wednesday,after which the final list will be displayed by the Election Committee.
The varsity goes to poll on March 1 after which an interim students union is likely to take over from the Joint Struggle Committee (JSC),till the month of September. The JSC has been trying to restore JNUSU elections since 2008,after a ban by the Supreme Court for not abiding by the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.