Senate first round: 6 ordinary fellows to be elected today

Direct competition between two contenders with one member each from Goyal,Chatrath groups.

Written by Snehil Sinha | Chandigarh | Published: August 29, 2012 12:21:08 am

Direct competition between two contenders with one member each from Goyal,Chatrath groups

THE first round of senate elections of Panjab University,which are held every four years,is scheduled for Wednesday. Elections will be held for six seats from the constituency of ordinary fellows from various departments.

There will be a direct competition between two contenders for all six seats,with one member each from Ashok Goyal and G K Chatrath groups. Elections will start at 9 am,with about an hour and a half for each faculty,and results will be declared by late evening. Many contesting from this constituency are sitting members of the senate,and have been contesting for several years.

From the faculty of arts,the competition is between Emanuel Nahar and Rajesh Gill. Nahar has been a nominated member of the senate for the past two terms. After eight years of being a senator,he is contesting the elections for the first time as a part of Chatrath’s group. Gill,the chairperson of Sociology Department of PU,is also contesting the election for the first time,supported by Ashok Goyal.

From the faculty of languages,Janmit Singh,principal of Shri Atam Vallabh Jain College in Ludhiana,and Keshav Malhotra,from the Department of Evening Studies,PU,will be facing each other. Janmit Singh,who likes to be known as a poet,is a sitting senator from the constituency of principals of affiliated arts colleges and is supported by Chatrath. Malhotra,who belongs to the Goyal group,has been a senator for the past 12 years. He has been elected once from the constituency of readers and lecturers of affiliated colleges and from the languages faculty for the past two terms.

Naval Kishore,the current Dean College Development Council of the university,and Rajat Sandhir,from the Department of Biochemistry,will contest against each other from the faculty of sciences. Kishore,a member of Ashok Goyal’s group,was first elected a senator from this constituency during the by-election in 2006 and was re-elected for the term starting in 2008. Sandhir is contesting for the first time from this constituency.

For the faculty of medical sciences,A S Ahluwalia,the present Dean Students’ Welfare,PU,and Krishan Gauba,a faculty from PGIMER,will contest against each other. While Gauba is a nominated sitting senator supported by Goyal,Ahluwalia has also served two years as a senator in the past and is supported by Chatrath.

Chatrath,a former advocate general,and Davesh Moudgil,will be fighting from the faculty of law. Interestingly,this will be a competition between the youngest and the eldest nominees of this constituency. Chatrath has been a senator for the past 44 years and is a lawyer by profession. He has served 11 consecutive terms as a senator since 1968. Moudgil,who is contesting for the first time,is an advocate and a sitting councillor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

The combined faculty includes business management and commerce; dairying,animal husbandry and agriculture; design and fine arts; education; engineering and technology; and pharmaceutical sciences. For this constituency,Ashok Goyal and Raj Kamal Pathak will be contesting against each other. Goyal,a banker in Chandigarh,has served five terms as a senator. He is contesting from the combined faculties for the third time and was first elected as a senate member from the constituency of registered graduates in 1992. Pathak,on the other hand,is a novice contender.

For every faculty,the electorate comprises senators who have adopted the faculty,added members of the senate,all professors belonging to the faculty and the chairperson. There are 86 voters in the arts faculty,112 voters for languages,96 for science,37 for law and 240 for the combined faculties. The elections will be held in the senate hall from 9 am to 6.30 pm on Wednesday and the results will be declared by late evening.

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