“Following these events, Manish, despite having already received a warning, began to assault Arjun Jayakumar, a Pampa legislator and APSC member. Swaminathan, another APSC member, tried to defend Arjun but by picking up a standing fan and attempting to assault Manish with it. The SGS and a few other SLC members broke up the fight. The Speaker requested that decorum be maintained and both Swaminathan and Manish were removed from the hall.”
Aroon in his tenure as SAC Speaker has implemented most of his manifesto points aside from introducing new initiatives like the standing committee, hostel legislator post, new student body guidelines, etc, to name a very small number. Overall, counting in his ongoing manifesto points, he has a phenomenal success ratio of 80% with 20% of his points remaining incomplete (of which at least a couple were completed if not by him). He sums up his tenure as SAC Speaker in a quote, “Getting a policy body like SAC to function is an incredible lesson in convincing, negotiation, tact and diplomacy and my experience in SAC has probably contributed more to my growth, than I have to SAC’s growth”.
The new structure envisioned by the amendments however is radically different from the existing setup – for starters, BCs and hostel Gen-Secs will en bloc be not included in the new SAC and the institute secretaries will remain non-voting members, with an additional ‘executive veto’ power. The new SAC will instead comprise of 50 odd elected ‘legislators’.
SAC, this year, is working towards revamping a three-decade old Students’ Constitution, in order to improve student governance on campus. Liza Tom talks about the salient features of the new constitution, as presented during the first reading of the new constitution draft.
What this session demonstrated was the difficulty inherent in coming up with uniform legislation for a body of students of varying legal statuses, backgrounds and perspectives.