Students' Union poll in Jamia: One year struggle yields positive result?
OT, July 25, 2012 19:37 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
Long at last central university Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has promised to make `fresh' attempt to hold student poll as an experiment on the campus that was banned six years ago.
Informing the Delhi High Court recently, the university through an affidavit said: “The committee was mindful of the fact that, despite the prevailing situation in the campus, considering that the Jamia Students’ Union was dissolved six years ago, a renewed attempt should be made to provide a representative body to the students by way of an experiment.”
The U-turn by JMI on the issue has come as a surprise to many alumni who a few days ago on Yahoo forum had sided with the authorities after publication of an article in a national daily: No students’ union election on our campus: Jamia V-C
Advocate Sitab Ali Chaudhary, who represented petitioner Hamidur Rehman, a JMI student, termed the recent development victory for democracy. He told OKHLA TIMES that for more than a year we fought for this. “It is good for the university and a democratic process has begun. And from day one we were hopeful that the university will agree to hold election.”
The development has elicited mixed reactions on the campus with majority of the students still careful to air their views in the open. But those who were at the forefront of the agitation a few months ago and had even gone to the court have welcomed the development.
Now it is to be seen when the elections date is going to be announced.
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