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V-C says students’ polls will be held, but cautions against violence

Students’ elections are something everyone waits for and, therefore, these will be conducted, like any other election, he told reporters. Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover on Friday said that the student council election would surely take place.
Express News Service | Chandigrah | Posted: August 9, 2014 2:40 am

Despite the fact that none of the students organisations has submitted any recommendations to formulate a model code of conduct, Panjab University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover on Friday said that the student council election would surely take place.

Students’ elections are something everyone waits for and, therefore, these will be conducted, like any other election, he told reporters.
However, Grover also said, “If any physical violence takes place within the campus, there are chances that the election may not be held, but I am sure everything will move peacefully.”

Recently, the Chandigarh Police had written to the V-C and the Dean of Students’ Welfare, saying that they would not advise holding of elections if student organisations continued to hold car rallies, and rallies without permission.

The police had written, “There has been a serious incident of fighting among the students. In the past few months, incidents of firing have also been reported, posing a serious threat to the security and peace of the university.”

Grover said, “Last year, the elections were conducted peacefully and not a single case of physical violence was reported on the campus. Students are required to come up with their recommendations for a code of conduct as soon as possible so that the elections this year go well.”

He added that Panjab University should be a model for all other universities, and this responsibility was on the students.

Later, representatives of students’ organisations met the V-C to discuss the proposed code of conduct. Chandigarh SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill, other police officers and the Dean of Students’ Welfare were also present. The V-C asked the students to refrain from inviting outsiders for campaigning.

The SSP reportedly told the students’ organisations that they would not allow elections if there was any further incident of violence.

Malkit Singh, SHO of the Sector 11 police station, said that recently FIRs were lodged against nine students after violent incidents. “The residents are not in favour of the student council election, since it affects the whole city. None of the parties is ready to comply with the guidelines,’’ he added.

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