Promising a bright year ahead

Last Updated 23 June 2014, 13:35 IST

St Joseph’s College of Commerce held its student council election recently. Just like every other election, this began with the filing of nominations. 

Interested students filed their nominations a few days prior to the elections. Though the nomination process was easy, it was the campaigning that proved to be a challenge. 

Spread over two days, the atmosphere in the campus during the time of campaigning could be defined as energetic, enthusiastic and vibrant. Colourful posters decorated the walls of the college while catchy slogans caught the attention of every student.

 The students marketed their capabilities in the most creative way through classroom campaigning, rallying on the basketball court and finally, public speeches. 

The students, as well as the staff, listened carefully as the candidates tried to convince them of their abilities in order to gain their confidence and eventually, their votes.  

The election was held in a proper electoral fashion. Electronic ballot machines were used for voting and the candidates were invited to vote first. What followed was the most anxious moment for all candidates – the results, which were announced the same day in the afternoon. While Tresseta Lauretta D’Cruz was elected as the president, Jairus Ebenezar was the vice president. 

Alisha Pearl Miranda, Aquila Shafeeque, Annabelle Chang, Mario D’Vaz, Sunil Dennis, Josephine Peter, Syed Safdar and Natasha Dias were elected as the general secretary, treasurer, ladies representative, academic coordinator, cultural coordinator, sports coordinator, BBM coordinator and B.Com coordinator respectively.

 The students of the postgraduate department of the college elected Benjamin Michael as the PG coordinator. One student rightfully said, “The process of voting makes each student feel important as each vote counts. All students are treated equally and are encouraged to make an informed decision.”

The student council inauguration was held a week later. Dressed in suits and saris, the leaders took oath of the office, solemnly swearing to perform their duties to the best of their abilities following which, badges were given to the student them. The students were all excited about the responsibilities given to them and anticipate an eventful year for the college. 

(Published 23 June 2014, 13:35 IST)

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