The soaring spirit

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INNOVATIVE: Students holding out colourful posters.

Out of the confines of school, the first year in the college is the time to savour a new sense of freedom. But in the pre-university college of the Mount Carmel University, this freedom is tempered with a sense of responsibility as could be seen in the excitement and seriousness displayed by juniors and sophomores in electing the leaders for the students’ union.

The recently-concluded students’ union elections was not only a fun time for the students of the pre-university college, but also the first lessons in democracy. The girls were conscious of the fact that in a year or two they would be exercising their franchise and shape the nation’s destiny.

The college elections were replete with all the colourful poll paraphernalia: banners, posters, buntings and face masks. Screaming, cheering and hooting were punctuated with very carefully thought out slogans, pointing to the fact that it was as much serious biz as fun.

The juniors, the I PUC students, thought that it was an experience they would cherish for their lifetime.  Students contested for the President, Vice President, Cultural Secretary, General Sec.. a few of the posts that were on the offer.

Contestant Ann Maria Job says she’d like to target issues that would affect the students and facilitate an easier communication between the students and the management. Tanya B, another candidate says she’s proud to be recognised, noticed and be valued for what you are as a person, “It really boosts your confidence,” she says.

Amita Priyadarshini says she doesn’t believe in giving empty promises but hopes to deliver concrete stuff. Topping her list of priorities is to encourage maximum participation in PULSE and IRIS, the two cultural fests of the college.

Principal of the PUC Sr Sajitha thinks, “The students have surely taken their task seriously. I think these young women will make for better politicians than our existing netas. Their spirit of commitment and sense of responsibility were palpable throughout the electioneering,” she says and adds,“What we saw was the leader in each of the students come out in full steam.”

A voter Sandra B chose to make a difference to the college through her vote and hopes the union would help build a bridge of hope between students and the management. Rini Supriya says she’s almost lost her voice cheering for her friend who’s contesting. “I am so inspired by the elections this year that I am planning to contest next year,” says the first year student.
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