Despite the unofficial recommendation of the police against conducting elections at Panjab University, student groups have started working on gaining a voter base for the PU Campus Students’ Council elections of 2016.
By attempting to help the fresh graduates seeking admissions at Panjab University, the student politicking at the varsity has begun to gather momentum.
Amid the admission session at PU, each student organisation is attempting newer ways to appeal to the prospective students.
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Major student parties of PU like National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), Students’ Organisation of India (SOI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) and Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) have started distributing their pamphlets to the prospective students seeking admissions.
Members of the student organisations can be seen throughout the campus distributing pamphlets and publicising their helpline numbers.
Multiple helpline numbers have been declared by these political parties for students seeking admissions to different streams and departments. A SOI member said: “For each stream or department, numbers of four to five volunteers have been made available for the benefit of the students seeking admissions. By calling on these helpline numbers, the students can seek information regarding results, cut off marks and counseling. The idea is to streamline the process of admission for the candidates.”
Hoping to establish a strong foothold ahead of the PUCSC election that are likely to be held in September, the student parties at the varsity are also coming up with newer ways to appeal to the freshers.
In addition to providing helpline numbers, members of PUSU have also volunteered to provide free study material to the students taking the Common Entrance Test (CET) for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at PU.
“If we meet with over 500 students and even 50 of them end up voting for us, it is a big deal that could make a difference,” said a member of ABVP.
“As soon as the university begins to conduct the admission entrance test around the end of May each year, all the student groups suddenly become active again. This is going to gather more momentum in the months to come,” said NSUI leader Chandan Rana.
Interestingly, with the elections for the PU Senate also lined up for September this year and the Punjab Assembly polls scheduled for early next year, this year’s student elections at PU are likely to witness an upsurge in political activity on the campus.
Manoj Lubana, senior leader, NSUI, said student elections of PU are likely to have some impact on the elections of the PU Senate and the Punjab Assembly. “Panjab University student elections will reflect the mood and opinion of the youth of Punjab. There is likely to be one to two per cent impact of these elections on the Assembly polls. These student elections will bring in an interesting time for the PU, Chandigarh and Punjab politically,” said Lubana.
Last year, the student wing of Shiromani Akali Dal – SOI- had swept the PU student polls defeating the Congress’s NSUI, which had been on a winning streak at Panjab University.
This year, the PU student elections are likely to be crucial for the BJP’s student wing ABVP as well since the party has already made its presence felt in other universities across the country.