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‘State govt keen to start college polls again’

College elections were stopped in the 90s after a spate of fights and kidnappings were reported, he said.

The Maharashtra government is keen to re-start college elections as they would groom student leaders and help them develop leadership skills, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said here Saturday.

College elections were stopped in the 90s after a spate of fights and kidnappings were reported, he said.

“Bad things happened in the 90s, but a lot of things have changed. I am of the view that due to some negative aspects, we should not stop the process altogether. Due to college elections, youth leadership is developed,” Tawde, who himself has risen from the ranks from a student leader, said while interacting with students of his alma mater Sathaye College in suburban Mumbai.

He felt debates should be organised in colleges where candidates in fray can participate and hone their oratory and leadership skills.
Tawde said the academic calendar should be prepared at the start of the year and pattern should not be changed mid-way.

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“This system is likely to be implemented from the next academic year,” he added.

Asked about inclusion of self-defence for girls in curriculum, he said the initiative could not be sustained because of lack of manpower.

“We will consider promoting this through NGOs. This curriculum will boost the confidence of girl students not just for physical defence, but all forms of challenges,” he said.