This article deals with the nature of student councils and the responsibilities of the representatives across the B schools in India with the example of the successful change in the structure of the student council at TAPMI. Student council is a curricular or extra-curricular activity for students within grade schools around the world. The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often also help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects and school reform.
Wiki According to Several Schools: “A Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. ” Almost all the Bschool of the country have a so called “student body” or a “student council” which is an elected body of the student representative. They often take charge of organizing events in the school and work on several projects throughout the year.
Its role in nurturing student’s behavior and enhancing the developmental activities at schools is complementary. The student council is meant for the benefit of the students. The elected members of the council become the link between the students and the school administration. Often, school councils are involved in planning the yearly curriculum and are shouldered the responsibility of organizing various events in the academic year. This creates the opportunity to include topics of interest to the students and also conduct activities that complement student learning and make learning a fun experience for students.
The students who involved with the student council develop several leadership and communication skills in the path of handling responsibilities shouldered for being a student’s representative. On the other hand, the schools also stand to benefit from students councils. Firstly, the students take up the responsibility of organizing various events in the school, which would otherwise be an extra burden on the school administration, plus the students’ interest and involvement in the events are guaranteed.
In some schools even the fund raising responsibilities are given to the students. But then we do not live in an ideal world – is student council actually doing what it is supposed to do? In most cases, this council works in a lose-win mode. Either the college management makes the student representatives as puppets in implementing more and more non-student friendly “rules” or the student council decides on how to “run” the college the student’s way.
Instead of being complementary the student council and college management often works so as to have the “upper hand” in decision making regarding the life at campus. Let’s look at it from the students point. Are we selecting the right people in the student council? Isn’t it a truth that in more cases than not we elect people who either has money power or muscle power to be in the student council – much the same case as our politicians? Most often, students who can lobby win the posts rather than the people who actually deserve it.
How many times have we felt that these people misuse their power for personal benefit and that a change is needed, but then who cares – why should I get my hands dirty to improve the system? Isn’t my job just to get a good placement, flying grades and get over with my 2 years? College will survive on its own – anyways it never cared about students! What most people fail to understand is that no college can ever grow without the efforts of management as well as students which should be complementary. No college event can ever be successful if both the stakeholders are not involved in its planning.