Student Council : Democracy in Practice

Objectives of the Practice

The establishment of student councils has a significant impact on the student population. Student Council offers a democratic setting for students to discuss issues that matter to them and carry out projects that will benefit the Institution and the larger community. Students can speak up and contribute to their Institutions. It is crucial to give them the chance to voice their opinions on matters that concern them in the Institution. Their input and encouragement to participate actively in advancing the Institution's goals and objectives are equally crucial.  Hence, the Institution is promoting the practice of establishing a structured Students Council.

The Context

India, as the world's largest democracy, is assuming the position of the global leader through citizen participation in its nation-building activities. The nation is ensuring democratic functioning with participatory leadership, as envisioned by its founding fathers. True to the nation's spirit, the institution ensures a level playing field in the development of democratic ideas and values in students at the institutional level through its distinctive Students Council. It supports communication between students, teachers, and institutional administrative authorities. Additionally, it aids in raising funds for institution-wide initiatives including social gatherings, community improvement projects, charity donations, and educational reform. Many participants pick up talents that complement their official education. Further, it enables the students to develop themselves by imbibing core values and playing leadership roles. Moreover, students are made a part of the Committees, Clubs, Associations, and Units. The Office Bearers of the Council and the other functional units are given space to organize co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, intercollegiate competitions, extension, and community reach activities. The leadership quality finds expression in the systematic manner in which students organize national celebrations, annual day celebrations, and a host of other activities.

The Practice

To groom leadership at the student level there is a Students Council formed every year. It is formed every year with elected representatives of the students. It comprises the President, the Secretary, the Joint Secretary (reserved for women students), Class Representatives, Representatives from NCC, Sports, and Culture.

The Council election is conducted in the most democratic manner possible, just like all other general elections in India.  The election process begins with the appointment of election officers, chosen among teachers, and then notification of the election. This is followed by submitting the nomination, scrutinizing the applications, and putting together the final list of candidates. The candidates are given considerable time in which to spread the message about their candidature and solicit support. Under the supervision of the returning officer, the necessary number of ballots are printed. Two polling officers are appointed to supervise voting in the classrooms that have been transformed into voting stations. On election day, election officials receive the necessary number of ballots from the returning officers, conduct voting in classrooms that have been converted into voting stations, and then hand the polled ballots back to the returning officers.  The counting procedure is overseen by the table in-charges and the Counting Supervisors. After the counting process is complete, the principal uses the public address system to announce the list of winners to the students and posts notes on the notice board.

Under the supervision of the class adviser, class representatives are elected or selected. Elections are held in accordance with democratic norms, if necessary. The relevant in-charges, where applicable, choose additional representatives.

At the institutional level, every activity involving students and focused on improving student life is overseen and facilitated by the Students' Council. It organizes activities such as the Talents Day program, inter-faculty competitions, celebration of national festivals and national/international commemoration days, honoring the student achievers, blood donation camps in collaboration with the Red Cross and NGOs, helping the institutional administration in conducting college annual day, intercollegiate cultural competitions, fests, athletic meets and games championships, Leadership Training programs, and other extension and outreach programs. The council also arranges charitable initiatives to help financially strapped students and their families. To meet the financial requirement of the council there is a separate fund maintained out of fees collected from the students. In the case of need, additional funds are arranged by means of sponsorship and management grants.

Evidence of Success

A democratically elected and operating students' council established in the Institution enlaced a success story in terms of the overall development of the students in particular and the growth of the Institution in general. Through the Council, students' participation in all institutional activities is assured, leadership traits of students are developed, institutional transparency in its activities is ensured, skill sets of students are developed, fairness in students’ conduct is upheld, and the delegation of responsibility & authority is visible, students welfare is amplified, all forms of discrimination are excluded, an inclusive environment is assured, tolerance and harmony among campus population are guaranteed, and duties, responsibilities, and ideals of citizenship promoted.

  • Students are represented in about 40 different institutional committees.

  • There are 30 functional units, all of which are fully administered by students with teachers acting as directors.

  • It organizes around 100 events through its functional units and 10 programs directly every year for the benefit of students.

  • The council organizes 10 fests for outside students and 10 for students at the institution every year.

  • It assists about 400 students in receiving scholarships from the government and other agencies every year.

  • Students are able to easily pursue higher education and take advantage of recruitment benefits, thanks to the knowledge and skill sets they developed through council activities.

  • Because of the experience they gained from serving in the student council, some students are able to realize their political fortune.

  • Citizenship is fostered, and this shows in the campus community's solidarity, equity, toleration, harmony, and sense of national pride.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

While implementing this practice, the Institution did not run into any serious challenges or resource shortages.

Student Welfare Officers
Dr K Chandrashekar
Associate Professor
Bharathi S Rai
Assistant Professor

Students Council office Bearers 2022-23
Mohammad Ashiq
President (III B.Com)
Secretary (III BCA)
Shivani M
Joint Secretary (III B.Com)
Raksha Anchan
NCC Secretary (III BSc)
Abhishek N-III B.Com
NSS Secretary (III BCOM)
Abhishek Kamath N
Cultural Secretary (II BCA "B")
Sports Secretary (III BCOM)

Office Bearers for the year 2022-2023
Name of the Student Class Designation
Mohammad Haroon III BCA Rovers Rangers
Sahana K G I BCOM (A) Class Representative
Apoorva B II BCOM (A) Class Representative
Vinston Joy Menezes III BCOM (A) Class Representative
Sneha Y R I BCOM (B) Class Representative
M Janani II BCOM (B) Class Representative
Nagaprsad J P III BCOM (B) Class Representative
Aashitha E A I BCA (A) Class Representative
Roopashree A S I BCA (B) Class Representative
Shenoy Prem Karunakar I BCA (C) Class Representative
Charan T K II BCA (A) Class Representative
Farvez Akthar II BCA (B) Class Representative
Bipin Kumar S S III BCA (A) Class Representative
Yathin III BCA (B) Class Representative
M Pooja I BA Class Representative
Mahammad Irfan K II BA Class Representative
Niranjan Kumar M R III BA Class Representative
D Sushan Rai I BSC Class Representative
Ashura II BSC Class Representative
Abdul Rahiman Suhaib D III BSC Class Representative
Shaman P I BBA Class Representative
Adith Hegde II BBA Class Representative
Bhavishya III BBA Class Representative
Mohammad Nawaz II BSW Class Representative
Sanjay M Naik III BSW Class Representative
Fathimath Afra R I BZC Class Representative
Anusha K S II BZC Class Representative
Kaushika G III BZC Class Representative
Kaushik I MSW Class Representative
Shashank II MSW Class Representative
Dhanush S N & Pooja S Rai I M COM Class Representative
Pratham & Rashiya Rai II M COM Class Representative
Johnson Emmanuel & Deepali C K I M.sc Physics Class Representative
Narayana Sharma N II M.sc Physics Class Representative
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Lavanya S & Vismaya Shaji II M.sc Mathematics Class Representative
Aparna I M.sc Computer Science Class Representative
Shravya II M.sc Computer Science Class Representative

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