i was checking out planning commission`s reports and major legislative decisions since 2004, and then today i came across this article in times of india,
Three years after a Supreme Court order made student elections mandatory for all colleges and universities in India, students on most Maharashtra campuses have complained that the judgment is yet to be implemented in the state. The Supreme Court order was based on the recommendations of a committee headed by India’s former chief election commissioner J M Lyngdoh.
“Students have the right to elect their own representatives. This is an essential function of democracy that has been denied to Maharashtra’s students,’’ said Shoaib Qureshi, former general secretary of the Mumbai University student council.
Currently, faculty at each department of the university nominate a student to the student council. Those nominated to the student council then elect a general secretary. The Lyngdoh Committee report, however, calls for a direct election process for students.
Student polls have been a fiery affair across the country but the action has been missing on Maharashtra’s campuses for the last 15 years after the murder of student leader Owen D’Souza in 1994. That year itself, the Maharashtra Universities Act outlawed student union elections.
When TOI contacted Vijay Khole, who retired as Mumbai University vice-chancellor a couple of weeks ago, he said Maharashtra Universities Act would require the necessary amendment before student union elections could be held in the state.
The state has sent a circular to universities initiating dialogue on how elections should be held. “I am part of a SC-appointed committee on the prevention of ragging. The SC has now asked us to look into the implementation of the Lyngdoh Committee report. The committee has sent letters to all states, asking them to make amendments in their laws and conduct student polls,’’said Chandra Krishnamurthy,Mumbai University acting vice-chancellor and SNDT University vice-chancellor.
so i checked J M Lyngdoh report and found really good things about it, motivation and philosophy of J M Lyngdoh commission is really good, to make students aware of actual process of legislature and democracy(recommended not which happen in real world).
well, there are many such legislative provisions provided for students but neither students nor teachers are interested in implementing them. teachers in fear to lose their authority (+ lack of staff) and student, well poor people never get such information; who will tell them if teachers prefer to keep mum???
unawareness and preservation of outdated structure….blah…blah… same cause of misery of Indian institutions and system. same old story…..
some times i think solution is very simple, since problem is common 😉 what do u think?