The Panjab University is all set to conduct its Students’ council election next month, but the proposed election date is late as compared to the last year. Extension of dates caused some parties a relief to increase campaigning while other parties claim that it would create nothing but procrastination among party members.
Ahead of students’ election, various issues are coming forward like violence, improper advertising, etc. Recently, the issue of advertising came forward on which administration took stern action. In the sake of promoting the party, students were found wearing t-shirts pasted with different party stickers. College authorities firmly restricted these t-shirts and said any violation would lead to the cancellation of candidature of that particular organization.
Also, restrictions were put on the pasting of posters inside the college premises and on the outside walls as well. Earlier, college premises were left all over with party posters during the elections. Almost all parties were found to violate the basic norms of the election.
In another case, some violent activities were noted on campus premises. In a meeting between Panjab University Dean of Students’ welfare and Chief Security officer in Chandigarh, it has been decided that the university would prepare a shortlist of students who have been involved in violent activities and they will be debarred from campus once the admission process gets over.
Moving on with the election process, every party is preparing in its own way. While Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) would fight election forwarding the issue of fee hike, ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) has made up AKSA (All Kinnaur Students’ Association) as its ally to gain vote bank. It would be seen in the election whether the agenda of PUSU will work out or the bonhomie of ABVP and AKSA.
The tentative dates of election of students’ council are 9th and 15th September. The election dates have been proposed keeping in the mind of the senate election in the university which is on August 31, 2016.