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A re-look at students’ union elections

The editorial Students’ voice (Sept 8) has raised many pertinent issues with regard to student council elections but some questions remain unanswered.

Is it not perplexing to note that when everyone, including the media, knows about the violations of Lyngdoh Committee rules, year after year, what prevents the authorities to take any action against the violators?

Secondly why does Panjab University holds elections only in Chandigarh colleges and fails to hold elections in all its affiliated colleges?  Reportedly even no notification is ever mailed to them by the varsity.

The Punjab Government too needs to justify the non-holding of elections, that is a criminal infringement of the rights of the students to participate actively in the working of educational institutes of higher learning, to these student bodies in the state.

In these circumstances any talk of bringing our students’ bodies at par with the Western world would remain futile and an annual meaningless ritual as usual.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh


I do not fully agree with the viewpoint endorsed in the editorial. The elections to the student’s unions are certainly not the ideal platform to produce politicians who can clean up the present mess in Indian politics. The present state of student’s union elections undoubtedly breeds violence, vested interests, dishonesty and extravagance.

Students of Haryana have undoubtedly become more disciplined and career conscious, since the late Bansi Lal banned the elections to the students unions. The state of affairs of elections in Panjab University where mockery of the recommendations of Lyngdoh Committee is made every year stands testimony to my viewpoint.

The only way to generate good leaders and clean the filthy politics of today would be to impart all-round education and awareness in such a way that the youth of today is not only involved in academic pursuits but with social problems too.

The youth if imparted proper education shall automatically feel indebted to society and its constituents and endeavour to rectify the social evils. If society and teachers in particular remain merely mute and helpless spectators things shall deteriorate further.

Let us engage our youth in social service activities. The ideal leaders that our nation needs today shall emerge through this process and certainly not through elections to the student’s unions.



The large-scale anarchy and violence at the just concluded students’ elections simply suggest that the spirit of Lyngdoh Commission’s guidelines have buckled in the corridors of educational institutions. 

Ironically, the students’ demeanour during elections is also a manifestation of how the system is grooming our upcoming generation in the guise of educating them. Not only that, it also gives us a preview of our young generation’s conduct in the future assemblies or Parliament. 

It is time we thought about our education system holistically to ensure that our adventure to provide quality education does not culminate in yielding `info-rich illiterates’.

Dr RAVI K MAHAJAN, Chandigarh

Match-fixing scandal

Sports lovers all over the world have been shocked that there has been rampant match fixing (editorial, Cricket shame”, Aug 31). Indeed, this could be the tip of the iceberg. In fact, one heard about such cases in the past, too.

During the IPL season too rumours of match-fixing were in the air.

News of the World, has done a commendable job by exposing this scandal. Pakistani players have always been vulnerable as they are paid less in comparison to Indian, British or Australian cricketers.

The ICC should investigate the matter thoroughly and severe punishment should be given to the erring players. Their property should be confiscated and their cricket records, if any, should be declared as null and void.


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Judicial backlog

Civil judge JVV Satyanarayana Murthy from Andhra Pradesh delivered judgements in one day in 111 cases (news report, Judge @high speed upsets lawyers”, Aug 30). In another court, he had disposed of 808 cases in 20 days. The judge appears to be active and innovative.

Justice K Chandru of Madras High Court disposed of 53, 000 cases in four years. The delivery of some landmark judgements by him on the removal of hoardings, the demolition of unauthorised high-rise buildings, nullifying the Tamil Nadu Government amnesty scheme and the containment of pollution due to hosiery units were of public interest.

The performance of these judges is commendable. The lawyers too must help the judges in the speedy disposal of cases.

However, there is need to study the factors leading to delay in the disposal of cases. Why do some judges feel comfortable in giving adjournments? Having more competent judges, not more number of judges, is the solution to the judicial backlog. Originality, imagination and talent have to be cultivated.




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