Commissioner Bahawalpur Division Dr. Ehtasham Anwar said that the elections for student councils were held across the public schools of all districts of south Punjab was a commendable initiative of its kind in the country.
He made these remarks while observing elections of students’ councils here. He also said that unlike students unions, where students with political inclinations participated, the criteria for students schools councils was such that only hardworking, capable and disciplined students could contest and get elected. Furthermore, entire phenomenon of students councils would operate under a disciplined and controlled environment and a serious violation could even lead to their dissolution. As regards the responsibilities, it was stated that the students councils would primarily organize co-curricular and sports activities at the campuses. Moreover, they would carry out 2-way communication between the school administration and the students on issues of mutual concern, as and when needed.
In District Bahawalpur more than 110,725 students casted their votes to elect office bearers including Presidents, Vice-Presidents, General Secretaries and Class representatives in 478 middle and high schools—both boys and girls. Long queues of students were observed outside the make-shift polling booths in schools since early morning who were excited about casting their votes.