2 petitions

Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Narendra Modi, Election Commission of INDIA, Prakash Javadekar, venkaiah naidu, Public Works Department, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani, Anil Baijal, Hindustan Times

Regulations for Student Elections

How student elections are carried on Student associations across all of India have geared up to woo potential voters and engage in excessive propaganda. Students are offered petty virtual bribes in the form of discount coupons, vouchers, movie tickets and the like to gain their support. Lengthy and fancy manifestos are presented, only to be discarded as trash later. Not only are lakhs of rupees literally wasted, the contesting candidates are mostly people who do not have any credibility, educationally or competence-wise. There are absolutely hardly any strict regulations and candidates once elected, disappear from the scene soon after the elections.Worst of these situations is how terribly they vandalize the campuses. Beautiful college walls, metro stations, roads, bus stands and almost everything is destroyed by an uncountable number of posters & pamphlets and clumsy spray painting.  These campaigners, thriving on political connections, who do not have even a little regard for basic civic sense, or lack the required academic proficiency, or indulge in money and muscle power, do not deserve to represent the students of the whole university.  A few years ago, the Lyngdoh Committee had proposed these very reforms ( including banning the use of posters or any printed material, 75% compulsory attendance of candidates contesting elections, limit of Rs 5000 of election expenses per candidate, etc. and till date, there has been no change.Some suggested reforms are as follows:1. While assessing the candidature- a) 30% weight-age to college-attendance, which should be at least 50% over two semesters.b) 50% weight-age to profile of the candidate, extra-academic skills relevant to leadership & initiative taking.c) 20% weight-age to marks obtained by the candidate (at least 55% aggregate at any given point of time)2. Cap of Rs. 10,000 per candidate on election expenses.3. Ban on using poster or print material for campaigning or spray painting, scribbling, markers etc on university walls, roads, poles and the like.4. Disqualify candidates who have a criminal record or any academic arrears. 5. Contesting candidates ONLY should be allowed to present the manifesto.Thousands of like-minded people will agree that we need these strict reforms for a better campus, that we can be proud of being a part of. Please stand with me to ban malpractices in student elections, especially condemning the criminal wastage of paper and resources degrading the environment as well as the beauty of the campuses.

Ananya Upadhyay
180 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Dr. Karisiddappa, Dr. H. N. Jagannatha Reddy, Dr. Satish Annigeri

Visvesvaraya Technological Institute (VTU) Playing with engineer's lives?

So where do I start from, After writing my entrance exams, i got into an engineering college which is affiliated to VTU, Belgavi. I didn't know what exactly it is and how does the system work. After a whole year or more, the true nature of VTU surfaced.  I strongly say it's a failed system of education. Which University takes 4 months to give you your result? Oh no, that's just the starters. They even lost our Internal Assessment marks during this waiting period. Bravo VTU. So we had to resend all of our marks again. Next month is supposed to be our end-sem examination when our previous semester examination results haven't yet been announced.  Their syllabus is outdated. A multinational corporation had said, "we will not be hiring engineers from VTU as their knowledge on the current world is next to zero" he also said our syllabus is very much outdated. They haven't revised the portions in years. Oh and the examination dates, they are more uncertain than rains here in India. They will release more than 3 revised time tables in a due course of a month or less. We have no clue what's going on over there and I'm pretty sure they don't have a clue either. Nothing is organised, even though the University is 19 years old now.  When they mess up by rescheduling they take away our holidays. Is this fair? After we put up with their nonsense we need to sacrifice everything to get zero returns? Until the previous year VTU has been a corrupted University, with cases of receiving bribes from colleges to postpone the examination in order to complete their syllabus. Really?  What have the students done to VTU that we deserve this. If I knew this was the case of VTU, i would never have entered it. This is the pain and agony of every VTU student not just one or two. How much longer can we take in all this? How much longer do you think we can last?  DO NOT JOIN A COLLEGE UNDER VTU. I hope this is taken into consideration and I hope it reaches to the authorities responsible for all of our problems. I need everyone's support for this change. This has to be done. I'm sorry but it's very frustrating to witness all of this. It's just not right. I hope every VTU student helps share this petition. 

Niall Sequeira
4,660 supporters