Manifesto DUSU poll 2012

Youth democracy

Manifesto DUSU poll 2012

Delhi University is set to see its 58th students’ union election this September 14. Over half a century after it elected its first student leader, youth politics in DU has seen a lot of change.

Students, candidates, trends in canvassing and varsity issues themselves have undergone a drastic overhaul. Asking for U-special buses and DTC passes has given way to calls for concessions in Metro cards now. Evaluation of answer sheets is passé, periodic evaluation of teachers is the new demand; and requesting info on infrastructure building from college authorities is amateur, RTI is the new weapon.

Metrolife speaks to the dominant student political parties in Delhi University to ascertain what are the new issues they are taking up for DUSU polls 2012.

Rohit Chahal, State secretary, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), says, “Till some time back, we were focusing on maintenance of classrooms and laboratories. However, we have noticed that in the past few years the number of students has increased phenomenally, but not the colle­ges.

In fact, no new colleges have been built for the past 12 years now. So our new demand this year is the establishment of new colleges in DU so that more students can avail of the facility.”

“Pressing for concessions in metro cards is also a new plan. Very few students use buses these days and that too for short routes only, say, from the metro station to the college. So relaxation for students in metro fare is very important.”

Amrish Ranjan Pandey, spokesperson, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), informs, “Many new problems have cropped up after semesterisation of all courses in DU. It has played havoc with students. Somewhere wrong question papers are served, while at others marking is done incorrectly. We are going to take it up very strongly with the authorities this time.”

“Also, we are very happy that evaluation of teachers by students has started already since the time we took it up. Besides, RTI has come in handy in finding out how and where colleges are spending their funds meant for infrastructure development. All these steps will ensure more transpa­rency and accountability in teaching as well as administration in DU.”

Sunny Kumar, State secretary, All India Students’ Association (AISA) adds, “All of us (student parties) had been asking for more hostels and reduction in their fee for a long time; but since we realised that hostels anyways take time to build, we have come up with something we call the ‘Rent regulation Act.’ Hereby we demand that all the paying guest accommodations within a certain distance of North and South campus of DU keep a reasonable and uniform rent. These PGs keep raising their rent arbitrarily which is very distressing for students. It has to be stopped.”

“Plus,” he adds, “Students from Hindi-medium backgrounds in DU face a lot of problems with studies. They are all brilliant, the reason why they are in DU in the first place, but lag behind due to language problem. In extreme cases it has led to mass failures and suicides recently.

This time, we are going to take up the issue of remedial classes for them with translation of readings in all courses to Hindi. This will help at least 60 per cent students in DU who are from Hindi-medium background.” A lot of promises being made - let’s hope, all of them are kept.

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