In conversation with Priyanka Chhawari; How she became VP from a student activist in DU

Priyanka Chhawari, who is associated with ABVP has been recently elected as the Vice President of Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU). She has done her graduation in Mathematics from Lakshmibai College , University of Delhi, and currently pursuing her M.A in Buddhist Studies from Dept. Of Buddhist Studies, DU.She promises to take a special care of physically handicapped and girl students in Delhi University.
Here is an interview taken by Ananya Goel from Aapka Times .
priyanka-chhawariHello, Priyanka. Congratulations to you and the whole team of ABVP for such a great success.

So, what do you feel when you have become the vice president? What strategies did you use to win the elections?
Thank you so much Ananya! It really feels good when your hard work pays you this way, I have been associated with the ABVP from 2011, struggling for students’ welfare, raising issues and continuously fighting for the student community! I had established myself as a student leader through the activism developed by my organization ABVP , student to student reach was my priority and that’s what I did , enlightened students about ABVP’ s agenda and that’s how we won the confidence of the students and hence the DUSU election.

We have seen posters of *Priyanka Chopra* all around the north Campus indirectly promoting you in this DUSU Poll. What’s your take on this?
I saw the posters of PRIYANKA CHOPRA all over Delhi and would like to wish her all the best for her representation in the Emmy’s Awards , also I would like to mention that her posters were nowhere related to my election campaign , my posters mentioned clearly  ABVP CANDIDATE FOR DUSU VICE PRESIDENT – PRIYANKA B.no-4 !

Do you think Delhi University is lacking something to give the students a better experience studying in number one university all over? If yes, what are your plans?
Yes, there are little things that I look forward to do. Personally, I would focus on introducing societies for blind and physically handicapped students and constructing pathways for the same. Giving north campus new looks by putting the map of the campus near metro and recognized place. Creating awareness session about the women security app – I FEEL SAFE, launched by ABVP, in every college. Providing health cards and making medical rooms functional in every college. Printed mark sheets will be made available for students after every semester.

As a female office bearer of DUSU, what will be your approach towards empowering the female population of the university?
Women Empowerment has always been a priority for the ABVP and if I talk about DUSU 2016, encouraging women candidates to take lead in the election was very evident. We launched the Women security app in collaboration with Nirbhaya Jyoti Trust and MSAI and in continuation with this; we will be organizing awareness sessions in every college relating to this app. Self-defense courses to be made mandatory in every college. We will focus on making women hostel in every college, PCR vans with women constables be deployed in front of every college.

What motivated you towards student politics and who supported you through the long run?
My parents have always been a great support, especially my mother; she is the one who always encouraged me, motivated me to become the best and serve the humanity. My father is my inspiration, I have seen him working, taking tension of people and that’s what inspired me to be like him. My organization – ABVP groomed me into what I am today. The kind of activism and exposure one gets through the activities of ABVP is commendable. I would like to thank ABVP for giving me this opportunity.

Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the field of politics?
DUSU is a platform and opportunity for me to establish my personality strongly and as far as politics is concerned, it’s a stepping stone and I will work hard for the student community, I want my work to speak and become a milestone for me. In the coming five years I will be studying only, so I will be happily working as a student activist.

How do you manage your studies with politics?
I have been working with ABVP as a student activist from last five years, I did mathematics honors and I think it all depends on what’s more important at a particular time. So I give priority to what’s important and need to be in movement and that’s how I manage my studies with activism!

What message would you like to give to all the young student leaders out there?
My message to all the student community – What you do makes a difference, you have to decide what kind of difference you have to make! So be confident, be bold, be responsible and be accountable!

After reading her interview, DU students must have many expectations with her and ABVP and we hope they Priyanka would definitely fulfill these expectations and much more.

Aapka Times wishes her and her whole team best of luck for future undertakings.

 

Ananya Goel is Political Science student from Delhi University.]