Mumbai: The universities and affiliated
colleges in Maharashtra may soon have student elections as the
Government has shown inclination to implement recommendations
of the Lyngdoh Committee.
A delegation of students from 12 city colleges
recently met Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh
Tope with a request to restart the campus elections.
"We are considering the matter positively and have no
issues with recommendations made by the Lyndoh Committee. But
we have to discuss the issue at the Government level before
implementing them," Tope said.
The state`s universities stopped the polls since 1991
following violence and other untoward incidents in the campus.
"The polls are necessary for students to participate
in political process," Vishal Chavan from Ruia College, who
led the delegation, said.
The six-member committee, headed by J M Lyngdoh - an
ex-Chief Election Commissioner - was constituted to reform
student elections which often saw violence, money and muscle
power. The panel submitted its report to Supreme Court in July
2006. The SC had directed its recommendations be implemented.
"Election is an integral part of democracy. Only a
few youngsters get chance to take part in political process.
But the campus polls would give chance to all students to
participate in politics," NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad said.
The committee had suggested major reforms like
expenditure limit of Rs 5,000 per candidate, fixing 25 years
as maximum age for contestants and compulsory attendance of 75
per cent for candidates.