New Delhi: National Students’ Union of India on Monday launched its manifesto for the Delhi University Students’ Union polls, promising localised attention to different varsity campuses, a strategy that is new to DUSU elections.
The Congress affiliate’s manifesto also identifies local issues in 16 DU colleges, including “moral policing” in Hansraj College.
“Female students are subjected to moral policing as attempts are being made by the administration to regulate their dressing sense,” NUSI’s manifesto says. Another claim in the manifesto is that several students of Dyal Singh College contracted food poisoning in the last few months after eating the canteen food.
Promising resolution of such issues, NSUI National President, Roji M John, said, “DUSU elected ABVP last year, but it has failed to address campus issues.” He added that his student party has better experience in running the student union.
It was a total rout for NSUI in the last year’s DUSU polls with BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) making a clean sweep polls after a gap of 17 years. The entry of debutant Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), the student wing of AAP, has only made the contest tougher for NSUI.
However, John denied that NSUI is locked in a triangular contest. He said CYSS is talking about issues that its parent party could never implement.
“Free Wi-Fi, mortgage-free education loans could not be rolled out, even months after AAP assumed power in Delhi. They should fulfill their past promises before making fresh ones,” he said.
With both CYSS and ABVP seeing no problem with the recently introduced Choice Based Credit System, John said, “This election will be reflection of students’ resentment against CBCS.”
The credit based system, one of the biggest announcements by the Human Resource Development Ministry under Smriti Irani, became a contentious issue ever since DU approved its implementation from this academic session. The DUSU elections are scheduled for September 11.
ABVP campaign song
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has come out with a song to boost its campaign for Delhi University Students’ Union polls. The song, “Dilli main machi hilor, ABVP once more”, was launched at the North Campus on Monday.
With just three days to go for the DUSU polls, ABVP Delhi State Secretary, Saket Bahuguna said, “We hope to reach out to a large number of students through this song.”
Through its campaign song, the BJP-backed student outfit, which swept the DUSU elections last year, claimed credit for rolling back of contentious four-year undergraduate programme and revoking of revaluation system.