Girls call for push to take part in polls

At MCM DAV College, Sector 36, two candidates were nominated for the post of president and vice-president and one each for the post of secretary and joint secretary Going by the list of candidates who have been nominated to contest the election in the girls’ colleges, the participation has considerably gone down. In the Post Graduate Government College for Girls, there is only one eligible candidate for the post of the president and two for the post of general secretary, while for the other two posts, no candidate was proved eligible. At MCM DAV College, Sector 36, two candidates were nominated for the post of president and vice-president and one each for the post of secretary and joint secretary. Most of the girls feel that it is only during the election that the girl power disappears completely. Out of 1,500 students, only seven girls come forward to file their nominations. “It varies from person to person. It’s just the mindset that needs to be changed that girls cannot prove themselves in politics,” said a nominee from PGGCG11. Sukriti, who has been nominated for the post of president at SGGSCW, Sector 26, said, “There is a pre-conceived notion among us that girls are misfit in politics and they can never lead a group of students. We need to be pushed enough towards everything, especially the student elections. We need a little more exposure. Majority of girls in our college carry a ‘who cares’ attitude which is not right.” In Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45, only five girls made it to the final list of eligible candidates for the post of president, while four for the post of vice-president and two each for the posts of secretary and joint secretary. Dean Students Welfare (DSW) Poonam Gupta said, “The participation from girls is not active here as in the co-educational colleges. The girls who have filed their nominations wanted to withdraw their names as they are worried what they would have to do after election.”