Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
– Irving Kristol
Keeping up the tradition of democratic India, SVNIT Surat went to election on 29th Sept’05. This was an election with many noticeable differences. Unlike the previous elections where there were two main candidates for the elusive General Secretary (GS) post, this election had three major candidates for the most coveted post of the college. This made the SVNIT exit polls very difficult to comprehend. The second noteworthy change: Keeping pace with the e-choupal and IT race, we had an electronic election this time. Under the leadership of the HOD of the Computer Department Prof. Dhiren Patel & Asst. Prof. D C Jinwala, election software was specifically designed for our college. The software was a huge success because of its pin point accuracy and the reduced time that it took in the polling process. Apart from these two major changes, we got to see heavy press coverage with many camera men from different local channels and newspaper groups like TOI, IE moving here and there and interviewing the candidates. The presence of a blue police van was indeed very scary because it reminded most of us of some dreary incident ;-).
The proceedings were very smooth and clean. It was the calmest election that I ever saw in our campus. As in every war, there is always a winner and there are always losers. Mr. Prabhat Barnwal got elected as the GS and 90% of the student council positions are occupied by his confidants. So we can expect him to perform and live up to the expectations of those who voted for him. This election was the closest one in our college history and that’s why the supporters of the different camps had many sleepless nights. Apart from the GS, elections were held for the posts of Class Representatives (CRs) also. The CRs elect the CS and the secretaries from among themselves for committees like the L&D (Literary & Debating), the Magazine Committee & Sports. It is necessary that the CRs should be from the same camp as is the GS because the committees should work together and have sincere support from the GS. And luckily this time we have that privilege. The GS with all the CRs form the Students’ Council for the full academic year.
With the odds not against them, our new Students’ Council team members will be able to take our college to new heights. We hope to see a new look of our college by the time we leave this beautiful campus never to return back. All the best to everyone up there guys!!!