The students’ council elections are likely to take place at the Panjab University and other affiliated colleges of the city on September 5.
However, the Panjab university is yet to get a confirmation letter from the Chandigarh Administration, following which an official announcement will be made in this regard.
UT Home Secretary Anil Kumar said, “The elections are likely to take place on September 5.” Thus, the election process on the campus is likely to be kicked off by September 1. The university had recently written to the administration, seeking permission to hold elections between September 5 and September 12.
Almost every year, the student elections are held in the first week of September only. An announcement regarding the elections will be made by the PU authorities soon after getting a letter from the administration. The proposed date for filing of nominations, scrutiny of documents, display of the list of candidates, filing of objections and the display of the list of approved candidates and for withdrawal of candidature and display of the final list of candidates will also be announced in a day or two.
This year, as many as 15 student organisations will be contesting the elections as compared to last year, when the university had 12 organisations. Three new parties have been launched recently: Youth Organisation of India (YOI), Himachal Pradesh Students’ Union (HSPU) and Gandhi Group Students’ Union (GGSU).
The other parties are Students Organisation of India (SOI), Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO), National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU), Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Students for Society (SFS), Hindustan Students’ Association (HSA), Himachal Pradesh Association (HPA), National Students Organization (NSO) and Himachal Pradesh Students’ Union (HPSU). Around 14,000 students are enrolled as voters with the university for these elections.
Meanwhile, the student organisations have not yet submitted the recommendations for the code of conduct to be followed during the elections. The Dean of Students Welfare had called a all-party meet on Tuesday but the meeting was postponed.