As former chief election commissioner J M Lyngdoh visits Panjab University on Tuesday,the university authorities on Monday decided to play the censor and reportedly told student representatives from various parties not to put certain questions before the visiting dignitary.
In fact,going a step further,the authorities are learnt to have asked students to give their questions in writing in advance before the interaction with Lyngdoh gets underway. With student elections a fortnight away,Lyngdoh will be visiting the university on Tuesday to deliver a lecture and hold an interaction with students.
We are university students and are mature enough to understand and question anything that we find unjust. We have been told not to ask any aggressive questions and raise certain issues. Earlier,we were asked to limit the number of questions,but after insistence,they allowed us to ask more questions, said one of the student leaders,who attended the meeting.
However,Dean Student Welfare Navdeep Goyal said,We had called the meeting to guide students and ensure that no illogical questions are raised during the interaction. The students were asked to submit questions in written so that they can be reframed in the right way and we can prepare in advance as to how many questions will be asked.
On not allowing certain questions,the DSW said,There were certain issues regarding elections which need to be dealt with by the university authorities and not J M Lyngdoh,since they involve some rules and regulations of the university. Therefore,we had asked the students not to raise those questions.
The DSW added,Criticism should be based on logic. Moreover,Lyngdoh retired several years back and cannot amend the Code of Conduct now.
However,the authorities have asked all the students to attend the lecture in large numbers and be a part of the interaction. The meeting was attended by the DSW,all hostel wardens and student leaders from all the student organisations of the university.
Lyngdoh was the man behind the Lyngdoh Commission,a six-member committee,which laid down the Code of Conduct for the student organisations to follow during student elections. In 2006,the Supreme Court had ordered all the academic communities to implement these recommendations on the campus,and it changed the way student elections are conducted in educational institutions across the country.