Exposure of a varied kind

Exposure of a varied kind

It’s that time of the year again when many colleges in the City are abuzz  with  preparations for  student body elections and campaigning.

The entire campus wears a festive mood with posters carrying innovative slogans and pictures of the candidates.  The student body election is one of the most awaited times in a student’s life as they get to elect the people, who will represent them.

These elections also bridge the gap between the administration and the students.
Most colleges here believe that it is important to hold these elections for two reasons — to give the students an exposure to the democratic way of selecting their
leaders and to bridge the communication gap.

While the elections are over in some of the colleges, one thing is for sure –– the ones contesting surely take their job seriously but one wonders how seriously the students take these elections.

Says Sneha Rai, the student body governor of St Joseph’s College of Commerce, “Elections are taken very seriously here, especially by the students. Those who stand for elections pull all stops to get their voice heard, while those who are voting ensure they are there to cast their votes. In fact, in the last two years, we have seen 98 per cent of students turn out for the elections.” It’s the energy in the college during the election time that gets Shivang, a third-year student, into the spirit of things.

“I feel it is important for every college to hold elections. As youngsters, we rarely get a chance to actually go for rallies or campaigns but this way, we get a feel of it,” he adds.
Ajay S, who was helping his friend with a ‘freeze mob’ to campaign, says that there is a large section of students who do take the elections seriously.

The final speech is extremely important.  “I sure don’t want someone who I don’t know or who makes empty promises to be representing me. So the final speech before the election day is important as we can judge who is more deserving,” adds Ajay.

Kaustav, who has experienced the college elections in Delhi, says, “There, the elections are more aggressive with all the politics. But here, students are more chilled and take things in a good spirit.”

Rahul, who had won the post of the president at the SJCC, agrees to this.
He says that over the years, he has found the elections to be a great way to break the ice with students.

“College life is about fun and studies. As the president, I want them to enjoy these years because they will never get it back,” he sums up.

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