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Mangalore: College elections - The making of future leaders

Mangalore: College elections - The making of future leaders

Vineeth Monis
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Jul 7: With colleges re-opening for the academic year 2013-14 in the city, it is time for student unions to take shape and chalk out strategies.

Several political leaders who hold various positions in different parties in the city at present, had their early lessons in college elections.

There were various ugly incidents in some of the colleges here, which made some of the managements to ban elections. Instead, they select student representatives on the basis of marks obtained in the previous examination.

Nevertheless, a majority of the colleges in the city conduct elections with much fervour. During elections, the college weres a colourful, festive look, owing to posters and placards put up by the nominees. The candidates during canvassing leave no stone unturned in proving that they are better than their counterparts and capable of leading the students.

The voters are no less, as they evaluate the nominees carefully and select only those who are capable of leading them. But there are many who can be bought over by bribes, just as in general elections. Colleges also have election codes like ban on parties, even if they are at night, and there have been instances where complaints have reached the college election commissioner on a rival candidate hosting parties. If charges are proved, the candidate may even face disqualification.

Elections are not free from gender politics either. Usually in co-ed colleges, girls do not get a chance nor dare to contest for the president's post. Joint secretary is the only post reserved for them. But this year in one of the colleges in the city, a girl bravely contested for the post of president but unfortunately, perhaps due to gender politics or other reasons, she did not win.

Karthik Nayak, an MBA student at SDM College says, "Elections should be held to elect representatives as students will learn the importance of electing suitable candidates. In the present scenario, we find that educated class refrains from voting and then blames the elected representatives for not doing their job. In this case college elections will help them to realize their duty."

Sandesh Lobo, contesting for the post of president from University College, Hampankatta says, "Although victory depends on your network with students and rapport with them, money power is inevitable as you need to spend a lot before and after election.

"I am plan to become an IAS officer and this election will definitely be beneficial to me. Election teaches us how to take victory with humility and accept defeat with sportsman spirit. Every college should hold elections," he asserted.

Prof Ratan Mohunta, HoD of English, St Aloysius College who was also the election commissioner of the college says, "Ten to twelve years ago, the college presidents and other elected leaders were interested in taking up political issues, but right now, generally they are discouraged by the institution. Even personal interest is lacking in them."

Student elections are still followed by many colleges mainly to make students get an idea about the democratic way of functioning. Promoting democratic ideas enables them to express themselves and fight for their rights, he added.

While most of the colleges hold elections, there are still a few colleges that do not feel the need for a student president. Prof Kurian, principal of Alva’s College says, "We do not have an election for a student president; instead we choose two representatives each from every department. This practice has been followed since the inception of the college’.

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  • Nenari, Nirmar

    Mon, Jul 8 2013

    The Students elections are highly politicized. there is a high influence of Political parties in ing a candidate and providing for the expenditure. even the college elections of now a days are terrifying as the general elections are.

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  • LEENA, Beloore-Mangalore-Abu-dhabi

    Mon, Jul 8 2013

    These strikes,election who's suffering in between the common man traffic jam... let the election pomp show will be within the college camps anyhow other than the students others cannot be part of it. Why on public road??? where public hardly know or least bother to know who's going to be elected. First of all there shouldn't be any such election fever let the management decide because they are better judges they know the children very well. Here what happens one who's rich will be able to spend money he/she gain the popularity and win, what about the poor!!!! question arises there...... how can he/she come up with good results. This should be banned in all colleges. A person cannot win because of his status or power.... a students should be more responsible, impartial, should hold good conduct etc.....

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  • Roy Dsouza, Beeri

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Good Job Vineet Monis AKA Vodlo munis :P

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    O.K. I agree that some of 'they'
    might disagree with me, but I can't think why anybody would want to disagree with Valerian Sir! Hope
    it's not any of the college students but some usual 'bingrees' in this forum!
    Students please read what Valerian Sir has written once again.....

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman / Washington,DC

    Mon, Jul 8 2013


    In addition to "Agree" and "Disagree" please add one more entry "Bingree" as suggested by Bhandumaam.....

    Jai Hooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • Pradeep, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 8 2013

    What an Idea Sirji

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  • Thabreaz, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Enjoy guyz.. its a good memory of college days.. we have also ejoyed during our college days..:-)

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  • Irshad Shaikh, Udupi/Dubai

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Good old days. We had lot of fun during college elections in PPC.

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  • Bollu, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Not included

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  • Mascarenhas, Mangalore

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Vineeth Monis: Good article :)

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Let College elections and other parameters be limited to College affairs only.

    Let our Children's focus be on studies first and career.
    Let the elections be for building leadership qualities and taking responsibilities!

    Do not let any political party influence and corrupt children's healthy mind and spoil their future.
    Most of the Politicians are spoiled lot today but not all, sorry to say that!

    On completion of their studies, let the Children learn to look after themselves, Then let the Children choose: Job, Business or Politics! There is right time for everything!

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Photo 3-4-5-
    Kaalen Re Tho??
    Ataah Poorai Tashen Marthaat ki Bobo?
    In our times 'they' never used to 'bother' who won at all! We used to go and bother them!
    Now it seems 'they' are bothered if nobody bothers them!
    Hmmm- Talk of 'Time coming a Full Circle'!

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  • Mitwa, Sharjah

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    Hope all those have Won are from Secular Ideology

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Jul 7 2013

    It’s no more College Election since almost all Associations or Organizations are associated or affiliated with at least one such Political Party. We call them influence or introversion but it becomes prestige issue of such Political Party only. We have no problem to such election as long as they don’t get involved in rivalry, hateful culture or violence

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