Chandigarh: Girls make up around 70-75 per cent of Panjab University’s student strength but still there presence in student council elections is minimalistic. During canvassing girls lead from the front but hardly contest elections.
Post of Student Council president has never been headed by a girl in the history of Panjab University student council elections which are dominated by male students only.
Various student outfits of national political parties like ABVP, NSUI, SOI and in house political outfits such as PUSU, SOPU, INSO etc are quite active on campus.
Though last four years witnessed participation of girls in student council elections but the number gets dwarfed infront of their male companions. The highest participation of girls was in year 2014 when 7 girls took the initiative of contesting elections and in 2015 only two girls were elected as office bearers .
On this DSW (W) Nandita Singh says, ‘Yes, we do want that there should be more representation from girls’ side. If on one side we are talking about gender equality and on the other side there is no enhanced representation from girls then how do they expect that their issues will be heard or addressed properly.”
Jyoti Ahlawat, PUHH, who is keen on having more number of girls in student politics on campus says, ‘Lot of issues keep us lagging behind in politics such as pressure from parents or most of us see no future in politics. And moreover there is lack of opportunities in this field for us as it is a male dominant society.’
Siya, an active member of NSUI says, ‘Girls should proudly be taking part in politics as we are the ones who can tackle girls’ problem with more empathy.’
Moreover, Simranjit Kaur who was an active member from NSUI on campus and has been recently selected as Secretary Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee says, ‘We need more girls in politics. I am from a non political and a mediocre background and these things don’t effect one’s career. I am now working as an advocate also. Girls should get inspired from girls like us and should take part in politics.’
Political parties are claiming that this years’ election could see a fair and equal representation from female students also.
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