No more Students’ Union poll at Ravenshaw

Cuttack: With an aim to avoid violence and also to ensure a conducive teaching atmosphere in the campus, Ravenshaw University, Cuttack on Thursday decided to rechristen the Students’ Union as Students’ Council, the move which is unthinkable in any State-run or State-aided educational institutions in the State. Meanwhile, the decision of the universities triggered resentments among students and students organistaions. They too announced agitations against what they undemocratic decision of the university authorities.

In the first step towards this process, the Students’ Union has been rechristened as Students’ Council. Basing on the proposal of the Executive Council, the students’ representatives will be elected from nine schools constituted by the university. Those are School of Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematical Science, Information and Computer Science, Commerce, Management Studies, Social Science, Regional Studies and Earth Science and School of Language.

As per the decision, each Under Graduate class will elect its representative directly through secret ballot at the department level. If a class has more than one section, each section will have to select one representative, sources said.

“With the new method of election, the university has taken into account some of the fundamental aspects of popular democracy, like decentralisation, direct and enlarged basis of representation and secrecy of ballot,” said Vice-Chancellor Prakash Chandra Sarangi, while addressing mediapersons here on Thursday.

The new model is aimed at preventing the role of external forces, use of money power and violence in the election process and also following Lyngdoh Commission recommendation, he added. However, the decision of the varsity has not gone down well with many. Members of All-India Democratic Students’ Organisation(AIDSO) undertook a signature campaign on Thursday to protest the decision.

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