The sheer absence of campus politics at the leading universities of Pakistan is considered by many to be a blessing. But looking at the current leadership vacuum in our country one wonders whether the absence of student unions in reputed universities is denying our future leaders a stepping stone.
Practicing and discussing politics is discouraged at all levels in various prestigious academic organizations of the country. The main reason behind such restrictions is to maintain an iron fist rule over the subjects. This point seems valid keeping in view the pathetic discipline at various institutions including Punjab University, Karachi University and some UET campuses. All these universities are the cases of student unions turning into a powerful mafia. Such students have done a great disservice to the nation by tarnishing the image of student unions and exploiting campus politics for ulterior motives.
But in a bid to prevent such crisis other universities decided to completely uproot student unions rather than trying to fill the loopholes in the system. This action has alienated young Pakistani students from the leadership scene of this country. While the honest and patriot youth works diligently in academic field, a feudal ignorant breed of rascals rule the roost in the power corridors making decisions that will effect the destiny of millions of Pakistanis.
Every year bright students come and go through various educational institutes without giving a thought to the national issues eating the nation from within. We are not encouraged to debate the issues facing the country and finding the solutions. In doing so the best minds of the nation are kept busy in their studies while the illiterate and mighty loot and plunder fearlessly. The absence of educated youth in our political landscape has resulted in stagnation of leadership turning democracy into a turn based game between feudal dynasties.
The Youth Parliament is a great initiative and a glowing example that the youth of our nation is ready to take the reins of the country. But this platform is limited to a handful of students from all over the country. Such opportunities should be made available to all the students to allow development of leadership skills and debate the burning issues facing us today.
I believe that students should be encouraged to discuss and debate the various challenges faced by Pakistan and criticize the leadership deficits. Student Unions should be revived with improved working model since these serve as a launch pad for the future leaders. Producing good engineers and doctors might be the primary role of the institutions but providing honest and educated leaders to the nation will be an invaluable service to a helpless country on the brink of disaster.