After the high court quashed the request for change of faculties in the present PU Senate term, it is likely that results of the Syndicate elections this year will be similar to that of last year.
However with the BJP extending support to the Chatrath group this year, some change in the election dynamics is still being expected.
According to members of the Chatrath camp, who had a majority in three faculties last year, it is likely that the same is going to continue this year. “Our group applied for a change to the medical sciences and languages faculties, while the Goyal group was elected unopposed last year. Had a change of faculties been permitted, there would have been a strong chance of reshuffling in the faculties. But now that there is going to be no change in the faculties, we can expect some reshuffling only in the combined faculties,” a member of the Chatrathgroup said.
Reshuffling of faculties in the PU Syndicate would also have affected the elections for the PU Senate to be held in September 2016. “If the votes of the Senators were balanced, then the result of the Senate elections would have been primarily dependent on the votes of the Panjab University teachers,” said Navdeep Goyal, a member of the Chatrath group.
In the Syndicate elections of 2014, the Ashok Goyal group had a majority in two faculties, while the Chatrath group had a majority in three faculties.
For the faculty of languages, Ashok Goyal and Rajesh Gill were elected unopposed, both from the Ashok Goyal group. In the medical sciences faculty, AK Bhandari and Naresh Gaur were elected unopposed, both from the Goyal group.
On the other hand, for the faculty of law, late GK Chatrath and Yog Raj Angrish were elected unopposed, both belonging to the Chatrath Group. The group also had a majority in faculties of arts and science.
However, according to members of the Goyal group who has a majority in two faculties, the support of the BJP is likely to have an effect on this year’s elections. “Our group is going to emerge stronger this time. With the decision of the high court, it has been proved that with the support of the vice-chancellor, the other group has just been trying to go against the norms of the Syndicate on the basis of their majority,” a member of the Goyal group said.
Members of the Goyal group have also condemned V-C Arun Kumar Grover’s decision to allow the item for change of faculties to be presented before the Syndicate, stating that a change of faculties was allowed only on the completion of two years since being assigned the faculty, not after the completion of two years.