When the campus came alive...

When the campus came alive...

Union election

upbeat Standing (left to right) Aishwarya, Krusha, Sindhu, Trishala, Smriti, Namrata, Anookya, Satya and Rakhee Shenoy and sitting (left to right) Tressseta, Shreya, Alisha,  Amrutha and Nidhi Prabhu. dh photo by M S Manjunath It was a treat of sorts to watch the candidates use all kinds of gimmicks to lure voters. But the only difference here was that the candidates were not politicians but the first and second year students of the Mount Carmel Pre-university College.

The occasion was the student union election. A time when the college is always in the best of its spirits. The elections to represent the student body of the college is an annual affair and the students take part in it directly or indirectly by contesting or supporting the contestants. This year too, the atmosphere was no different.

Each of the contestants had their own way of expressing and promoting themselves. Some caught the attention of the students with vibrant speeches while the others put up interesting posters, which talked about oaths and promises. Some others had their own symbols of representation.

Metrolife interacted with a few of the contestants who said that irrespective of whether they would win or lose, the chance to contest elections gave them immense joy and made them more responsible individuals.

It was especially memorable for the first year PUC students who confessed that they had seen nothing like this in school.

This was all new for them and they were enjoying every moment of it. Those in their second PUC were excited but not as much as the first year students were.

The students were thrilled to vote for their friends and made sure that they took part in every aspect of the election. Shreya R Shah, II PUC stood for the post of cultural secretary said, “I lost the elections. It’s been hard but at the end of it, I realised that it’s the process that matters and not the outcome. It’s not in my hands. I am not disappointed because I am sure there’s something bigger out there for me.”  

Krusha Khakhar who contested for vice-president said she had never seen anything like this in school.

She observed, “The whole process of electioneering really gave a boost to my self-confidence. I didn’t get enough votes to win but what I am kicked about is that the whole college knows me. Contesting elections has made me a more independent person.”

Tresseta Lauretta D’cruz of second year commerce who stood for the post of president is confident of winning, “I can’t thank my teachers, friends and family for the support, love and the confidence they instilled in me. I am going to make the best of the year ahead.”

The faculty members have always been very supportive of the students and encouraged them to participate in as many activities as they can. “Most students have been exposed to elections for the first time. The entire election process from nomination to interviews of candidates to rules of canvasing and giving away responsibilities — the faculty monitors and coordinates everything. The concept of student union is a matter of pride because it adds to the morale of the students and boosts their confidence,” said S V Padmalatha, Student Welfare Officer and Head of Department of English.

She added, “The student union represents the students and forms a bridge between the students and the faculty. The union also does a good job in eliminating the generation gap.”

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