Know your SRC
The Students’ Representative Council is an administrative body that represents students’ interests in the University and SRC-UDS TLC (Tamale campus) is no different. As its name suggest, membership comprises the entire students. That means, you are the SRC. The administrative board of the SRC comprises of student leaders chosen to operate under these divisions: Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer), Executive council (The Executive Committee, The Speaker and Clerk of the General Assembly, The NUGS, Presidents of JCRs, Representatives of Non-residential students, Representatives of Faculty societies, Representatives of Foreign students, and Representatives of GRASAG-UDS) and the General Assembly. UDS SRC-TLC is a local SRC in that it belongs to a bigger body, UDS SRC (Central) which is an amalgamation of the Local SRCs from the four UDS campuses(Tamale, Nyankpala, Navrongo and Wa).
The University for Development Studies Tamale Campus started with just two programs being run; Medicine and Community Nutrition. Nursing was then introduced in the 2010/2011 academic. Development education, Basic education, Midwifery and Health Science Education followed in the 2013/2014 academic year. Biomedical Laboratory Science was introduced in 2012 and later changed to Doctor of Medical Laboratory Science in the 2014/15 academic year.
The UDS SRC-TLC was born and had its maiden election in 2009. Mr TIA Gideon of Community Nutrition won the election and headed the very first administration. In 2010, Mr Bilal Taimako of Community Nutrition took over the seat as President of the SRC. 2011 saw the Central SRC seat floating to our shores in the then Fred Amese-led administration. In 2012, Mathias Anafo of the Nursing department won elections to lead another administration. The mantle of leadership was then passed to Latif Kulendi of Community Nutrition in 2013. 2014 brought glory once again to the Nursing department registering their second SRC president, Mr Raphael Kumah. After sailing the seas of the four UDS campuses, the Central seat came to rest at our shores once again in 2015. This time it was the Chipka N. Cletus-led government. His Excellency Chipka N. Cletus became UDS Tamale Campus’s second Central SRC President. The year 2016 and two years after saw medical students securing their slot in the SRC presidency. Hon. Dary Bawa Taminu was the maiden Medical student followed by Kipo Mantu Norbert and Sachibu Abdul Rahman, the immediate past SRC President, all from the medical school. At this moment in time, His Excellency Dagungong Clement is the SRC President, the third central seat President from our campus and the first-ever student to be elected as an SRC President from the Biomedical Laboratory Department since it's inception in 2014.
The essential pathway of the SRC seeks to enlighten and tackle the needs and interests of the students of the university as a whole. Its mandate exists in a multifaceted fashion investing into the broad areas of: student welfare, academics, students’ empowerment, sports and entertainment among others. Pivotal in these areas is the representativeness of these students’ interests at the University’s administration thus encompassing its role as the mouthpiece of the student body. As per its own constitution, the SRC is to perform the following functions:
- Providing means of communication between students and University authorities in all matters affecting the student body as a Whole or part thereof;
- Foster the maintenance of the right atmosphere for academic activities, entertainment, sports and games;
- Seek the interest and welfare of students of the University in particular and the students of Ghana in general.
- Work towards the maintenance of good and healthy staff – student relationship based on mutual trust and respect;
- Co-operate with representative student bodies of other Universities and institutions of higher learning for the promotion of peace and unity;
- Keep contact with past students of the University through the alumni association;
It is well established with this that SRC plays a vital role in life of the student and even for a growing university such us ours, it goes a long way to describe its necessity.
The SRC has been an imperative facet in the lives of students over the past years and its essence cannot be disdained. Ever since its establishment, the SRC has been involved in safeguarding students’ interest, solving welfare problems, handling accommodation issues, creating a good atmosphere for entertainment and sports development, contributing to good teaching and learning conditions, empowering students through seminars, workshops and forums as well as undertaking special projects.
Notable successes chalked include: the purchase of projectors, PA systems, SRC bus, TV sets, DSTV decoders, Lovers’ benches and sheds, giant concrete-sign posts, Royal Palm Trees Plantation, setting up of an ultramodern printing press; the list is endless. Take a walk on campus and you might just catch a glimpse of these ‘artefacts of success’ without much effort. Such successes did not come without challenges. Prominent among has been bureaucratic processes involved in accessing funds and the students’ apathy to the SRC. These, in one way or the other, have stifled the swift and practical efforts of various administrations in achieving their mandate. However, despite these odds, SRC continues to thrive and live up to its mandate with the support of stakeholders and ultimately the student body. Stay glued to the council and don’t miss the important updates that would come your way from SRC this academic year.
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