AAP's CYSS spreads its wings

AAP's CYSS spreads its wings

Having debuted in the Delhi University Students Union polls this year, Aam Aadmi Party’s student wing CYSS is building its cadre in Jamia Millia Islamia, which still doesn’t have student union elections.

Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) on Monday said it is lobbying for it. Earlier in 2006, Jamia had “banned” elections in 2006 as it felt that the student union was meddling with the administrative matters.

According to the CYSS Delhi Vice President Anmol Panwar, around 250 varsity students have already registered themselves as organisation members.

He said the organisation is mounting pressure on the varsity administration to rollout student-friendly measures ranging from affordable canteens to better bus connectivity.
“Nearly 1,000 students participated in the referendum we conducted on whether the university needs better bus connectivity. An overwhelming number of students voted in favour,” Panwar said.

Suggestions
The student party now plans to suggest changes in the bus routes to both varsity administration and the Delhi government.

CYSS claims that in the absence of a union, student demands go unaddressed.
“We met the Vice Chancellor to discuss reinstatement of student body elections, but we received no assurance,” Panwar said.

Jamia spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan told Deccan Herald that the university can’t take a “suo motu” on the demand for a student union. “The matter is sub judice, we will act upon it after the court verdict,” he said.

Challenging the university ban on elections, three students had moved the Delhi High Court in 2011 and the matter is still pending.

“The Vice Chancellor has made it abundantly clear that we will go for the elections only after the court’s verdict. But students are free to express their concerns, we believe in engaging in dialogues,” Ranjan said.

Meanwhile, CYSS which didn’t fair too well in the DUSU polls, despite its high-voltage campaign, is leaving no chances to build its ground in Jamia.

“In the last few months, we have organised cleanliness drives, blood donation camps and fresher’s welcome – where we informed students about different programmes
and their curriculum,” Panwar said.

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