The second round of Senate elections for principal and technical staff constituencies of professional colleges concluded on Monday. Five candidates contested for three vacant seats, in which one each is reserved for Union Territory and one for Punjab. Among the five, four are contesting for the first time.
For the principal category, there were 48 registered voters, while for the technical staff, there were 691 voters.
Harsh Batra, principal, Government College Sector 20, who is contesting for the first time, said: “If I am elected I will push for improved quality of curriculum for MEd and BEd. There is also a dire need to resolve the problems of self-financed colleges.”
Out of 48, 43 voted in the principal category making the voter turnout 93 per cent. While the technical staff saw 75 per cent voter turnout. Out of 691, 519 came to cast vote. The results will be announced on September 14.
Another first-time candidate Manpreet Singh, principal, CCET Sector 26 said: “My objective will be to improve the quality of education in the colleges. Moreover, there is a strong need to include communication and personality development courses at the school level. The students face a lot of issues during placements. There is a need to bring in some sort of system in schools so the students should not suffer.”
Twenty eight polling booths had been set up in various colleges of the city.
The Panjab University had videographed the entire polling process in all polling booths for the Senate elections. The polling process was streamed live from the sensitive polling stations along with inspection of hyper sensitive and sensitive booths.
Surinder Sangha, principal, Dasmesh College of Education, said: “My fight has always been for the the students studying in the rural areas. It’s high time we bridge the gap between the rural and urban areas with regard to education as they should be provided with proper basic facilities in colleges far away from urban areas.”
Sangha is contesting for fifth time and has been a Senate member since 2000.
Neetu Ohri, principal, Guru Nanak College of Education, Gopalpur (Ludhiana), and Sarabjit Kaur, principal, Guru Ram Das BEd College Jalalabad (WEST), Fazilka, are also contesting the elections for the first time.