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Former CEC Navin Chawla addresses students and teachers at USTM



Shri Navin Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner delivering a talk organised by USTM on October 3, 2021.

Baridua, 9th Mile, Meghalaya, 3rd Oct 2021: “Every university should have an active students’ group so that they can express their views freely within and across the institutions and help bring reformation in the electoral process”. This was stated by Shri Navin B. Chawla, former Chief Election Commissioner of India as he was addressing the students and faculty members of the University of Science & Technology Meghalaya here today in a lecture series organized by USTM on “Elections in India as well as in Neighbourhood”. Apart from the students and teachers community of the university, the lecture series was attended by USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque, Vice Chancellor Prof GD Sharma, Prof Mohammed Basheer from Assam University and Anurag Rudra, ADC, Kamrup Metro. Shri Chawla also unveiled a statue of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru at the Nehru Park of USTM today.

Giving a ringside view of the history, the inner workings, and the future of elections in India, Shri Navin Chawla said that there should be students’ group in the universities so that the student community can participate and express freely their political views which can contribute to the reformation of the electoral process in the country. During the interactive session, Shri Chawla responded to many questions from the students of USTM. In one such response he stated that the Government should develop a strong system to train and educate the voters of the country so that they are aware about the candidates and their background.

Universities should have active students’ groups for electoral reform: former CEC Navin Chawla tells at USTM.

The former Chief Election Commissioner, who served as the 16th CEC of India and authored a biography of Mother Teresa, said every vote counted in a democracy, which had also formed the theme for his recent book “Every Vote Counts”. He also delivered another lecture on Saint Teresa (Mother Teresa) while addressing the faculty members today at USTM.

Earlier, welcoming everyone present on the occasion, USTM Chancellor Mahbubul Hoque emphasized on the importance of the students as well as teachers community to take serious note of the democratic process of the country. He expressed that today’s lecture series by Shri Navin Chowla would be greatly beneficial to the students and teachers community of the university.
Prof Mohammed Basheer from Assam University, Silchar and Former Vice Chancellor, University of Calicut, Kerala also addressed the gathering on the occasion. The programme came to an end with concluding remarks and the vote of thanks delivered by Prof GD Sharma, Vice Chancellor, USTM.

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