The Student Council exists to promote the quality of student life within and outside the University. It is a support system for the holistic development of the students and works in liaison with the General Administration and respective Centres/Departments of the University. The Student Council functions under the supervision of the Director of the Student Council duly coordinated by the Faculty Coordinators of the Student Council from each School who report to the Vice-Chancellor.
The Student Council comprises student representatives chosen from all Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) programmes of the University. The Student Council is constituted of two levels – the University Level Student Council (USC) and the School Level Student Council (SSC). The University Student Council is the apex student body, and the number of members may vary every academic year based on the new programmes introduced by the University. The University Student Council also includes one representative each from CSA, NCC, SWO, CAPS, Peer Education, Office of International Affairs, Office of Placements (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and Sports and Games Team of the University, nominated by the Directors/Coordinators of the respective Centres or Offices.
The School Level Student Council is the supporting body constituted under each School and consists of one representative from each class of the School. The Student Council acts as a responsible and collaborative body contributing to the Vision, Mission, Core Values and Graduate Attributes of the University and refrains from being an association or a bargaining agency of the students. The Vice Chancellor may dissolve the Council at his discretion at any time prior to or during its functional duration.
Any student fulfilling the eligibility criteria such as academic performance, percentage of attendance, participation in events and activities of the department, demonstrating holistic skills and enjoying good standing among the peer community is eligible to apply to be a member of the School Level Student Council. A membership application form is to be submitted by the interested students along with a statement of purpose, a copy of the attendance and marks card of the previous semesters. The class teachers, in consultation with their Head of the Department (HoD) concerned, evaluate the application and submit a list of shortlisted candidates to the Faculty Coordinators of the Student Council. The faculty coordinators review the applications and interview the recommended candidates along with an outgoing member of the University Student Council. Based on the personal interview and other achievements, one candidate is selected by the Faculty Coordinator to represent the School level Student Council from each class.
All School Student Council members who fulfil the eligibility criteria in terms of academic performance, attendance, and performance as a School Level Council member are eligible to apply for the membership of the University Student Council. The applications are to be submitted to the respective Faculty Coordinator along with a statement of purpose, contributions as a School Level member, participation in events and activities of the School and a copy of the attendance and marks cards of the previous semesters. Faculty coordinators verify the application forms, academic documents and contributions as School Level members based on the log of all the School Level Student Council members maintained by the outgoing University Student Council Members. All shortlisted candidates are interviewed personally by the faculty coordinators. Based on the interview and other achievements, members are selected as per the requirement for each School in consultation with respective HODs and class teachers.
The normal tenure of membership is one year and is renewable based on fresh nomination. Nomination of senior students to the Student Council of the ensuing year takes place in the month of February/the penultimate month of every academic year i.e. fresh nomination of the students who are moving to the following year of study. Nominations of the students from the first year of study will take place in the month of July every year or the second month after the month of commencement of course instruction for the first semester. At the end of every year, the incumbent Student Council hands over its functions to the new Student Council for the ensuing year on the Student Council Day.
During the first or the second weekend after the commencement of course instruction in the beginning of an academic year, the newly inducted members of all the campuses are given an orientation. This orientation is for a period of two days, and is also attended by the Faculty Coordinators and Faculty Representatives of the Student Council from all the Schools. Attendance for the orientation is compulsory and absence results in automatic termination of the member and a new member is appointed for the post, unless the absentee has informed the Faculty Coordinator in advance through an email and the reason for absence is valid and approved by the Faculty Coordinator.
The University Level Student Council meets every month with the Director of Student Council and the Faculty Coordinators to discuss the proceedings of the Council and convey the suggestions and feedback to improve the quality of life in the campuses. Meeting of the Student Council with the Vice chancellor is held once a semester. The meeting is convened by the Director of the Student Council with the approval of the Vice Chancellor, and is also attended by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans and Student Council Staff Coordinators, apart from the University Student Council members. The Vice Chancellor may invite any other faculty/student to the meeting if he deems it necessary. The University Student Council Coordinators, along with the Council members from respective Schools, present the suggestions and give feedback from the School Student Council. Attendance for the meetings is compulsory and absence for two consecutive meetings without prior information and valid reasons results in termination of the member and appointment of a new member for the post.
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