Student elections in Haryana: Panel to submit report next week, but polls ‘unlikely’

Govt’s proposal for indirect elections was earlier rejected

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published:October 1, 2016 4:25 am

The four-member committee constituted by the Haryana government in June to prepare modalities for student elections in universities and colleges is expected to submit its report next week. However, the delay in submitting the report has put a question mark over whether elections will be held for the current academic session.

The BJP state government had decided to conduct student elections after these were stopped 20 years ago. However, the government proposed “indirect” elections, which student bodies opposed.

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The government then set up a committee under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor of Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar, Prof Tankeshwar Kumar to work out the modalities for conducting elections. The committee was directed to submit a report in three weeks.

The committee was given extensions after some concern was expressed by the members on the possibility of having law and order problems if elections were held.

Prof Tankeshwar Kumar said that a meeting of the committee is scheduled for next week and the report will

be submitted to the government then.

“We are ready with the report. The elections can be held in phases. If the Lyngdoh committee guidelines are followed then there law and order situation will remain under control. It is up to the government to announce the elections,” he said.

The student organisations, have expressed disappointment with the delay.

Indian National Student Organisation (INSO) president Digvijay Chautala said the government had no intention of holding elections. “The government seemed to be only testing the waters. Once it realised that the tide is not in favour of ABVP it is delaying the announcement. As per Lyngdoh committee guidelines, elections in educational institutes should be held within five weeks of start of the session. This has not been done. Exams will be starting in November. It seems unlikely that the elections can be held in this session,” he said.

Meanwhile, Haryana ABVP president Pramod Shastri said that the government is serious about holding elections and these would be held in the current academic session. He said that the government would fulfill its promise.