How to develop Government schools on a par with mushrooming private corporate schools to bridge the ever-widening divide between the haves and have-nots? Why depend on foreign universities offering education at a higher cost and not strengthen Indian universities? Do women really have a place in today’s politics? If so, where can innocent and honest women like us find finances to contest the polls? What are the lessons that you have learnt from your grandma, dad and mom?

These were just some of the questions prepared by the students of Sri Venkateswara University and Sri Padmavathi Women’s University to pose to the VVIP guest of the day.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi was to have addressed around 1500 SVU students at Srinivasa auditorium and another 800 students of SPMVV at its Indira Priyadarshini auditorium, but the trip was cancelled due to bad weather. The shocked students could not believe their ears when the announcement was made that Mr.Gandhi’s visit had been called off. With sagging spirits and drooping bodies, the visibly-upset students came out of their respective venues after enquiring with one another if they had heard the message right.

On the other hand, the organizers rued in hushed voices that the arrangements made painstakingly at both the venues had been rendered futile. The dais at SVU auditorium was decked up with resplendent floral arrangement on the podium and a digital board welcoming the guest. The dais arrangement at SPMVV auditorium was relatively sober, with just three chairs and a table, which was small enough to hold a vase and a few papers.

The campuses, which were abuzz with activity for the last two days, suddenly turned desolate. With incessant rain adding, the scene was that of total gloom.