On September 6, she created history by becoming the first woman president of the student council along with leading her Left-leaning party Students For Society (SFS) to its first presidential victory since it first contested the election in 2014.
For Kanupriya, who is doing a five-year integrated course in Zoology Honours at PU, meanwhile, the battle-lines have only just been etched. “If the ABVP won, a letter would have gone out, saying ‘Jai jai Modi’. But we have stopped those letters ,” she said.
Woman volunteers across parties joined the rally as they got together to lift Kanu Priya up on their shoulders and carry her as a beacon of change in the male-dominated politics of the campus, “Naari mukti, sabki mukti, zindabad”, they shouted.
“We expose the underbelly of the student politics. In a way, with our satirical performance, we set the agenda for the election and have been doing so since we got into the race,” claims Gurpreet Doni, one of the actors in the play.
Arvind Rana, president, SSA Teachers’ Welfare Association, said, “The teachers are sincerely trying their best to improve the learning levels of all classes and result of board classes, but when unplanned and undesired activities come in during examination time, it breaks the momentum of hard work.”
ABVP is the first party to release the poll manifesto despite the curse of the “long weekend”. Owing to a Janmashtami holiday on Monday, student bodies will get only a day (September 4) to campaign right before the election.
Midnight alliances, last-minute changes and adjustments are often the norm on the day nominations are filed on the Panjab University campus ahead of the student council elections that will be held on September 6.
Last month, the department served termination, suspension and show cause notices to teachers, heads and principals for poor results in the Class X CBSE board exam. The show cause notice served to 56 teachers, however, is yet to be revoked