STATESMAN NEW SERVICE
Kolkata, 3 September
Governor MK Narayanan, who is also the Chancellor of state universities do not want any politics in students’ election. While the state government is preparing to start conducting the college polls after puja, the constitutional head of the state advised not to “politicise students’ election”. He expressed his view of a politics-free election on the sidelines of a programme at National High School for Boys’ where he interacted with the students today.
It was the recommendation of Lyngdoh committee which was formed by Ministry of Human Resource Department (MHRD) under the direction of Supreme court to examine “alleged criminalism" in students’ election and suggest way out.
Among many of its suggestions, it recommended severing ties between students’ organisations and their affiliating mother parties. Though the state government has formulated a uniform election code modelled after the recommendation of Lyngdoh committee, this aspect of “depoliticising" students’ election has not been followed. Even the state’s code does not bar the politicians from entering college campuses. On the contrary, Governor MK Narayanan pitched for a politics-free students’ election.
There has been no election for the past six months as state government had put an embargo on elections after sub-inspector of police Tapas Chowdhury was shot dead in the election process of Hari Mohon Ghosh College at Garden Reach. According to the new election code, college authorities will not have any role in conducting election. On the contrary, a district level committee will oversee the process of all college elections of a district. Use of posters, microphones, flags will be restricted.
Apart from students’ election, the Governor crossed swords with the state government on the issue of women’s safety too. Addressing a question of a student today, he said: “The number of police must go up. Other states have more police personnel than ours.”
Talking about the deteriorating scenario of discipline among students he added: “I can’t imagine that students are beating up their teachers. In an era of liberation, discipline has taken a backseat. When we were in school, discipline was imposed on us.”