Miraculous union of, ABVP, NSUI, SFI at HPU campus againt deferring of SCA elections
SHIMLA- The student protest row against implementation of RUSA system at HPU and the sudden and exaggerated fee hike isn’t ending from the past many months. Now, the decision of EC to defer HPU Student Central Association (SCA) elections after the violent assault on students, that occurred on Sunday at one of the varsity hostels, has fueled the anger among all three major student unions, SFI, ABVP, and NSUI.
On Wednesday, all three student organizations held a joint protest in front of the library against HPU authorities, warning them to withdraw their decision to defer the SCA elections, take back the fee hikes or face complete boycott of classes, hunger strikes and blockage of roads. Representatives from all three organizations put their opinion regarding the deferring of elections.
In return of these warnings, the Vice Chancellor has also threatened to suspend the classes for the session. Well, that’s interesting. The VC wants students to surrender and vice versa. Both, the VC and the student organizations are threatening to boycott the academic operations. They found a common interest, haven’t they?
In place of direct elections, now, the Vice Chancellor decided to elect SCA members through nomination from the pool of extraordinary achievers in various fields like education, sports etc.
According to the HPU EC, the main reason is, of course, the violent student politics, which is claimed to be a great nuisance in an otherwise peaceful HPU campus. The excuse behind deferring the elections is to restore the peaceful academic atmosphere.
However, all the student organizations are in favor of holding SCA elections, all of them are protesting against the bad implementation of RUSA system, all the organizations are not in favor of the fee hike, all of them aren’t happy with the incompetence of the Vice Chancellor to provide even the basic facilities in varsity and hostels.
Not only students, but no one else associated with HPU, in one way or other, were ever observed to be happy with the authorities, the HPU and the colleges are short of faculty, the pensioners, and the staff is frustrated with Mr. AND Bajpai’s incapable management of resources and his extravagance. While students have continuously staged protests, handed over memorandums to the EC, the Chief Minister, and the Governor, and the Govt. is keen to go all the way against student interests.
It’s been a long time that protesting voices are echoing every other day at HPU campus. The Vice Chancellor ADN. Bajpai definitely relied more on increasing the police troops when he should have listened to the democratically elected SCA and the student representative from all organizations. Now, owing to his negligence towards student interests, the situation is heading towards even worse consequences.
According to the VC, the student violence isn’t tolerable at a higher educational institute. Everyone would agree with that statement. The careers of the students who indulge in aggressive politics, booked, sentenced by courts, suspended from the varsity for assaults are on stake. Politics is such an ugly game.
However, we need to take a closer look at the reasons which lead to violent activities. Presently, the political interference and corruption in administration is almost at its peak. Students are protesting against it, but they get nothing but the cane charge of police in return. Still, the student organizations aren’t giving up. They are trying hard to protect and preserve the ideology of their political patrons at HPU campus and in the affiliated colleges, and so is going on within the organizational level. Like a national political party, each student organization strives to preach the ideology they follow. The student do come for polling and they do select SCA every year inspite the student protests and clashes.
About student politics, we wonder why a 21 years graduate is eligible for a high bureaucratic post through Civil Services Exams but not free to express his political views, unite with other students who share the same political views, and hold democratic elections for an official student body (SCA). But why should they be worried about political ideologies at all? Can’t these all students unite to fight together if they care for common interest of students like unfair fee hikes, student grievances, corrupt practices in administration and even admissions in varsity courses? What’s the need to work under the patronage of national political parties? Why to follow political ideologies at all? What’s the logic of holding separate protests against a common issue like recent fee hike at HPU? The strength of protestors always yields advantage in lobbying with the administration.
Again, we aren’t talking against the existence of student unions, but it’s against the student politics. There could be indirect elections through nomination of DRs, who will then elect the candidates for the SCA. There isn’t any need of more than one student-body, hence, there will be no violence at all.
So, it appears to be a decent idea to go for indirect election of SCA. The student of a each department would nominate an eligible candidate as Departmental representative, and these representatives would elect the panel for SCA.
But, does it follow that it would end all the politics and violent activities. The student unions would not cease to exist, neither the clashes between them would come to a halt. Still, these groups would try to lure and lobby for voting in their favor.
The nomination method would collect achievers from various fields like music, sports, academics etc. However, it doesn’t ensure that a gold medal winner in sports or that in music would make an efficient and visionary student representative and leader.
Many men and women, while sitting at home with newspapers in their hands, would suggest a complete ban on elections. But, what about the rising corruption within HPU administration, student grievances, and many relevant demands which otherwise the authorities always ignore.
Although, deferring elections makes a well deserved punishment for violence is no good, but it would not calm down the political influence on these student organizations. They’ll still roam in groups, protest separately.
The biggest strength of revolution is to stand united on one single platform, and be able to convince others for the same. Truth is sufficient as an ideology to follow. Why to make it complex mixture of religion, regionalism, and nationalism?
Sadly, it’s almost impossible to keep student activism alive when the students face political powers in response to their protests. There is HPU’s employee union, which is completely political. The faculty member, if not all, then most of them do show inclination towards their favored ideology. How come the students would remain untouched by political influence when they are completely surrounded and submerged in it? The absence of student activism would only hike the corruption within HPU administration and dictatorial attitude of the Vice Chancellor.
Meanwhile, the student organizations are gearing up for huge protests all over Himachal, and the HPU authorities have already deputed police security to counter them.