Rahul bats for student elections — with Sibal (Second Lead)

October 30th, 2010 - 4:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Rahul Gandhi New Delhi, Oct 30 (IANS) Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Saturday after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi that the issue of student elections not held in three Uttar Pradesh universities would be forwarded to the institutions.

Gandhi was accompanied by students from the Benaras Hindu University, Allahabad University and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) when he met Sibal at his residence here.

After the meeting, Sibal told reporters that the concerns of the students would be forwarded to the universities concerned.

“Rahul Gandhi … came and explained the aspirations of the students… that they should be an integral part of the democratic processes of the university to take forward the academic excellence,” Sibal said.

“Those concerns will be conveyed to the universities concerned, so they can take forward the agenda of the communities by listening to the voices of the younger generation,” the minister said.

While Allahabad University has not had student elections for two years, AMU’s Students Union was dissolved in 2007 after the campus was rocked by the murder of a student.

Benaras Hindu University has not had elections since 1997 when violence erupted during the introductory speech of candidates for that year’s union elections.

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