An interview with Pankaj Paswan – President, Motilal Nehru College (Evening)

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As the fest season draws closer, the student unions are all charged up to fetch the biggest acts in the country for their fest. We managed to scoop up an interview with the President of Motilal Nehru College (Evening), Pankaj Paswan, who feels that the college, for many reasons, does not make it to the limelight. Here is the full conversation:


Q. It has been around 6 months since you’ve been elected as the President of the college. What do you think is the one thing that can help change your college for the better?

A. It is my belief that the students have the power to change the image of the college. If the students are nice, if the students strive individually then the college would definitely develop a positive image.

About 4 -5 years ago, this college used to face regional politics somewhat similar to the communal politics we experience now. There were panels like the Palam Panel and the Najafgarh Panel who would brutally rag freshers belonging to the opposite panel.  Now this has changed and we can focus on providing the students with a safe atmosphere to study and interact in.

Q. What is your track record? How do you think you can accomplish what you have planned?

A. See, everybody thinks of ways to accomplish their plans. But rarely do they get converted into action. My work will tell you what I have accomplished.

‘Sochte to bohut hain, par mera kaam aapko dikhayega ki maine kya kiya hain’

Q. As the President, what have you accomplished till now?

A. I have sat with the Principal and discussed various issues that students face, from small issues like drinking water to important issues like women safety. I have addressed the issue of ragging. As emphasized before, I would also like to state the fact that students create the image of a particular college. Majority of the north campus colleges have students who have a positive contribution to their college and I feel it is high time we also did the same.

Q. What was your feeling when you were elected as the President of the College?

A. When I entered college, I experienced a lot of things. I met teachers who often scolded me but I never felt bad. It is because of their blessings that I am the President of the college. I was happy that day but at the same time I was aware of the responsibilities that were to follow. I try my best to go to college every day, respect my teachers and hence I want to be remembered as a President who brought a positive change to the college.

Q. Talking about responsibility, the fest season is here, what kind of obstacles do you have to conquer to ensure a successful fest?

A. It is my opinion that no responsibility is too tough, it’s how well you prioritize your responsibilities that matters. For the President of the college, it is absolutely essential to work for student welfare with due respect to the staff.
It would be unethical if you were to be full of yourself. You have to respect your elders to be a good leader.

Ishaan Sengupta believes meeting people and understanding their differences gives him kick and a good trip. Hailing from the city of joy, he carries along with him the bong culture of "living and breathing" music, food and art. The socially awkward correspondent in team, he's currently pursuing a Bachelor with Honors in Economics from Motilal Nehru College. His favorite cartoon shows are Teletubbies and Dragon Ball Z. Do drop him a mail at [email protected] in case you want to give him some free advice or want to meet him personally.

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