WITH ANNUAL elections to the Panjab University Syndicate scheduled for December 6, lobbying amongst major groups has begun for 15 seats of the Syndicate.
As per procedure, nominations for the elections will be filed on the floor of the Syndicate house on December 6. After that, members of the Senate will vote for the election of new members. The elected members will then be appointed as members of the Syndicate for one year, with effect from January 1, 2016.
Members of the Syndicate will be elected from six different faculties at the university. Two members each will be elected from the faculty of law, languages and medical sciences, and three members each will be elected from the faculties of arts and science. Additionally, three members will be elected from the other combined faculties of the university.
In the PU Senate, each member is assigned two major faculties and two minor faculties from the varsity. All members of the Senate will be eligible to choose three faculties (two major, and one combined).
The Chatrath group that was led by the late G K Chatrath and another group led by Ashok Goyal will continue being the front-runners this year as well. The third group, which comprises members from DAV College group, is aligned with the Chatrath camp this year.
According to members of the Chatrath camp that had won 11 seats in the Syndicate elections of 2015, this year the group will be contesting 13 seats. “Consultations are on to decide the names of the contesting candidates. So far, only four-five names from the university group have been finalised,” said Professor Yog Raj Angrish, a member of the Chatrath camp. Amongst the finalised candidates are Professor Kuldeep Singh, Professor Anil Monga and Professor Mukesh Arora.
However, the group led by Ashok Goyal, which has had the minority representation in the Syndicate, is likely to contest six-seven seats this year. The group is yet to finalise its list of contesting candidates. Before last year, the Goyal group had secured a major lead by bringing in maximum members into the Syndicate.
“Based on the changing group dynamics as the election dates approach, we will have a clearer idea about which group manages to have the maximum representation,” said a member of the Goyal camp.