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Student bodies ready with manifestos

Staff Reporter

Fee hike, sexual harassment dominate the agenda

NEW DELHI: The Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) elections may never reach the debating platform, but with D-Day just round the corner, student outfits are finally ready with their official lists of issues and promises.

While fee hike, sexual harassment and withdrawal of the controversial internal assessment system seem to be the big issues, at least some organisations seem to have kept the "interest" of students in mind while making their manifestos.

The National Students' Union of India (NSUI), for instance, has kept in mind the fact that "entertainment is an important aspect of student life". And so the NSUI manifesto points out that if voted to power, the NSUI-led DUSU would ensure that students get entry at concessional rate into all cinema halls situated near the campus area.

And while political and administrative issues do score as priority ones, even health has come up as an issue in the NSUI manifesto.

Expressing concern about the student community's health, the NSUI has promised to work for drug de-addiction and a campaign against HIV/AIDS and "reserve a blood bank" for students.

But the rival camp of ABVP is hardly impressed. Pitching for a placement cell as one of its key promises, the party says concessions in cinema halls will not ensure a better future for students.

"We don't believe in such petty politics. The idea should be to construct a studious environment for students. As far as we are concerned, we believe in building cultural activities and sportsman spirit. Entertainment has a very different meaning for us. Students need placement cells and not film tickets at a cheap price to be successful," feels Nakul Bharadwaj, the State secretary of ABVP.

The United Students' Front, which accuses the `ruling' parties of fighting the election on money and muscle power rather than issues, has raised almost the same issues, with their demand being withdrawal of fee hike, active involvement of students in the anti- sexual harassment cells in colleges.

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