Vineet Kumar is the only student amongst the nominees,pursuing law from Panjab University,who has filed his nomination from the registered graduates constituency
For the senate elections of Panjab University,people from all walks of life have filed their nominations to be part of this esteemed decision-making authority.
The senate,elections for which are held every four years,consists of professors and principals of various colleges affiliated to PU,alumni of the university and other members nominated by the Chancellor,who is the Vice-President of India. About 45 of these are elected members. Lawyers,teachers,bankers,politicians and businessmen contest this election.
Gopal Krishna Chatrath,who has been a senator for the past 44 years,is a lawyer by profession. He says that he has been a teacher throughout his life and dedicated himself to the cause of teachers and students.
Ashok Goyal,a banker in Chandigarh,has served five terms as senator. He is contesting again from the combined faculties. He was first elected as a senate member from the constituency of registered graduates in 1992.
Manish Singh,a businessman from Maloa,contested the senate election in 2004 and lost by one vote. He filed the nomination again in 2008 and was elected to the senate with the second highest number of votes. As a senator,he helped in securing a system of provisional admissions for students who had to reappear in the compartmental exam of one paper in their respective streams. He recalls that,in a similar manner,he could not fulfil the eligibility criteria of Indian Police Services,even after qualifying in its examination. He claims that about 4,000 students got provisional admission due to his efforts.
Vineet Kumar is the only student amongst the nominees,pursuing law from Panjab University,who has filed his nomination from the registered graduates constituency. In the previous term,there were no students in the 91- member senate. The university needs to address students issues at the policy-making level,which is only possible if there is a student senator. It makes sense only if decisions about students are made keeping the views of students in mind, says Kumar.