With Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) 2015 elections slated to be held on August 26, campaigning for candidates has picked up pace.
On Friday and Saturday, leaders from all student organisations campaigned in all departments of the university, visiting classes and appealing to voters in person.
Indian National Students Organisation’s (INSO) president Raman Dhaka said, “We are making sure that we go to each and every department, from the Department of Anthropology to the UIET, to speak to the voters and urge them to vote for our candidate during the upcoming elections.”
Student organisations are actively canvassing inside the Panjab University hostels, meeting with students and explaining their party ideologies, their candidates and strategies.
The nominated candidates, along with their party members, were visiting hostel students personally in an attempt to garner as many votes as possible.
“We are appealing to each and every student, and are recognising their problems and in return, promising them to work on these. Our main concern is just to make sure that we connect with the students and
make them believe that we are not here to just get elected , we are here to actually work on the issues they face,” said NSUI’s Manoj Lubana.
According to the president of last year’s students council Divyanshu Budhiraja, “NSUI has been in power for the last two years, and we aiming at making a hat-trick this year with a win.”
In addition to ground campaigning, online campaigning has also stepped up. WhatsApp display pictures have been changed to party profiles, Facebook pages are flooding with posters and cartoons that promote party agenda and videos are being uploaded to create an impact on the students.
On Saturday, the university authorities allotted specific places in the university to student parties for setting up tents for campaigning.
Permissions have also been given to the three presidential candidates to conduct a rally inside the PU campus on Monday.
The Panjab University authorities have also offered students the opportunity to avail PU’s radio station ‘Jyotirgamaya: 91.2 MHz’ for campaigning.
According to PU Dean Public Relations (DPR) Vineet Punia, “We are trying to get the students not to indulge in defacement of university property and hence, we are stressing on online mode of campaigning. For the same, the students will be allowed to use the radio station on Monday and Tuesday to campaign actively.”
The student organisations are talking about spreading their ‘waves’ on campus, associating themselves with specific party colors.
While members of NSUI are actively campaigning for the ‘blue wave’ at PU, members of ABVP and PUSU are talking about the ‘orange wave’. According to SOI’s p resident Vikramjit Singh, “SOI is conducting campaigning in full swing, and the yellow wave is coming.”
According to the Dean Students Welfare, Professor Navdeep Goyal, “This time, we have not yet decided on the order in which the names of the office bearers will be listed. The order will not be alphabetical, and will be kept confidential for now.”