Budding agents of change

Having a student union in a college is extremely important. Not only do they help in organising various activities, but they also help in bridging the gap between the teaching staff and the student body. Every year, each college goes through its own process of electing the union members.

Unlike last year, this student union at St Joseph’s College of Arts and Science was elected by the representatives of each class — the sports and cultural representative.
The cultural and the sports representative of the college were nominated by the
college.

Though there was no campaigning, the students welcomed the union with open arms in a formal ceremony, ‘Investiture’, held recently on campus. 

The function saw the swearing-in ceremony of the student union as well as the various associations.

The energy was evident as there were close to 43 associations being sworn in at the function.

 The student union left no stone unturned to ensure that the event went well. It was an important one for them as it was the first of the many functions that they will organise. Nagarajan, the student council governor, who was also seen busy along with the students, says that the new council is an enterprising and energetic one.

“The council this year is very vibrant and promising. Each one of them has been able to strike a good balance between their academics and extracurricular activities. And we hope they will organise some good events in the future,” he adds.

The evening made way for some dance and music performances. Every association was introduced to the college through its representative.


The student union comprises of the president Komal S Kooduvalli, vice president Rachana Rao Battaje, general secretary Rajaram Mutalikdesai, treasurer Tunir Guha Neogi, joint secretary Thimmaiah MP, cultural secretary H Adeline Rebecca and the sports secretary Ravi Kumar.


The team this year aims to not only take care of the needs of the students, but also bring in a change for the good of the college. For Adeline, it was an honour when she was nominated to be the cultural secretary. She says that the union has planned out many interesting events this coming year.

“Through these various activities, we want to get the maximum representation from all the students. We also want to bring awareness in the smallest of ways and strive to be agents of change,” she adds.

Being elected by her fellow colleagues as the president came as a surprise and an honour for Komal.

 “It really means a lot to me that the people whom I study with believe in me. I will surely do my best to live up to the position,” she says.

With an aim to bridge the gap between the students and the college, the union has opened its own Facebook page.

“Communication is the key to any good thing. We want to do more than just organise events. We noticed that not many actually take time out to read the notice board. So we created the page to reach out to the students about the latest happenings in the college and also allow them to voice out their opinions and inputs on anything about the college,” adds Komal.

Now that the students have finally settled in to their normal routine, one can only wait to see what more the council has in store for Josephites.

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