A rift within? PU students’ council plans 2 college trips

This time, however, owing to an apparent conflict within the students’ council, two separate trips are being organised to the same destinations around the same dates.

Written by Meghna Malik | Chandigarh | Updated: December 12, 2015 9:20:01 am

The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC), which took the university students for a trip to Vaishno Devi in October, is now gearing up for another trip to Goa and Mumbai in February next year. This time, however, owing to an apparent conflict within the students’ council, two separate trips are being organised to the same destinations around the same dates.

A trip to Goa and Mumbai is being organised from February 14 to February 21 next year, whereas another trip to Goa has been planned from February 19 to February 25, 2016. Even though both trips are being publicised under the PUCSC’s banner, one trip is unofficially being organised by the Students’ Organisation of India(SOI), whereas the other is being organised by the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) and National Students’ Organisation (NSO).

“There is infighting among the office-bearers of PUCSC this year, as all four members belong to different parties. It is very likely that these differences have led to two separate trips being organised,” said a senior student leader of the university. In this year’s elected council, the members are from SOI, Himachal Students’ Union (HIMSU), NSO and INSO.

“Even during the cultural fest Aagaz, which was organised at the university last month, members of NSO and SOI were at loggerheads with each other. Both the parties later reached an agreement where one party will organise Aagaz, whereas the other will organise Jhankaar, an annual cultural fest which will be held in March next year,” said a member of NSUI.

However, denying claims of any such rift, secretary of PUCSC Rishi Bhardwaj said, “A trip to Goa is planned by the Students’ Council every year. This year, two trips are being organised as a huge number of students show interest in the Goa/Mumbai trip.”

Amidst the ongoing rift, the PUCSC has also failed to deliver on its promises made to the students of the university, so far. “The Students’ Council had promised that they would organise a weekly drive in the university hostels, and would approach us to ask us about the problems we face. So far, they haven’t addressed any of our problems,” said Maan Dhillon, a resident of PU boys’ hostel.

The projects that were announced by Deputy CM of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal have also not seen the light of the day. At the swearing-in ceremony of PUCSC 2015this year, Badal had promised that a world-class gym would be created for the hostel girls, and solar panels would be installed in all the university hostels. He had also assured the students that two shuttle buses would be provided to PU by the Punjab government, in addition to installation of washing machines inthe hostels.

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