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Vishal Joshi , Hindustan Times
Kurukshetra, October 05, 2013
The Kurukshetra University (KU) administration has set a bad precedent of allowing political parties to use the campus for political functions.
On Saturday, the Indian National Students' Organisation (INSO), a students' wing of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) organised a political function at students' home lawns.

On the occasion, Ellenabad MLA Abhey Singh Chautala flagged off 'Yuva chentna rally' to mark the birth centenary of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal.

Several INLD leaders including its state president Ashok Arora, INSO national president Dushyant Chautala and son of jailed MLA Ajay Singh Chautala attended the function.

Speakers raised their voices against the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government and urged the youth to support the INLD's pro-people ideology.

Though KU is regarded as no thoroughfare, today there are no security checks at the entry points.
The organisers had invited a Punjabi singer Pammi Bai who performed at the venue for around two hours without getting permission from the KU authorities. Several INLD supporters, including the outsiders, were seen on the campus.

On September 25, Hindustan Times had reported that the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) had organsied a political function on September 25 on the campus which was attended by various Congress legislators including Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda and Kurukshetra Naveen Jindal and the event was widely criticised by the teaching fraternity.

Today HT spoke to a cross section of teachers who on the condition of anonymity condemn the KU administration for setting precedent of fanning political activities on the campus.

Registrar KC Ralhan confirmed that no permission was granted to both organisations and they (NSUI and INSO) had “forcibly” held the functions.

But he was non-committal if a legal action would be initiated for those violated the rules and trespassed into the KU.

“It is certainly unfortunate and since I will take up the matter with the vice chancellor on Monday to look into what action can be taken against the erring groups. No such political functions will be allowed in future,” he said.

Terming it a purely undesirable series of events, a retired KU professor said that the university authorities should be strict on such issues to maintain academic sanctity.

“In 1991, the then prime minister Chandershekhar wanted to hold a political rally at the KU auditorium but the vice chancellor Lt Gen K Balaram (retd) plainly refused him from doing so. Later, the Kurukshetra district administration had to use the power of requisition of any property and hold the PM's rally,” said the senior academician on the condition of anonymity.

Recalling late Balaram's moral high ground, the professor said that Balaram had directed his personal staff to sell vegetables grown in the V-C's bunglow in the market and the money was deposited in the university bank account.

Parmesh Kumar, secretary of the KU Teachers Association (KUTA), said that the body had no clear stand on it.

“We are ready to discuss it in our House to know the view point of the teaching community,” said Kumar who was among those who had welcomed Hooda and Jindal to KUTA office on September 25.