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Cooling Off

the Genera] Academic Board, the Professorial Board, the Registrar, the Bursar, and the student representatives of the Executive Committee of the Students' Council, headed by the President. Many touchy matters could be sorted out in one meeting of such a high-powered committee. Where the students disagreed with any of the views expressed by the Administration, or the latter opposed any of the student suggestions, the matter came out into the open because the minutes of the meeting were always publicly displayed. The above is only one example of a jointly run university, A lot of work was involved in creating a structure that called for student representation at as many levels as was possible. The organisation was only experimental to begin with, but it has now been formalised. The onus has always been on the students to prove their maturity, ability, attitudes and, above all, representativeness. The experiment has succeeded in varying degrees at various institutions. Should not our universities give the students a chance to become full-fledged, practising members of that jealously guarded institution we call democracy?

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