The declaration of the election panels for this year's Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections have revealed a change of trend as only a handful of candidates have been fielded from the departments that have the maximum number of voters.
With National Students Union of India (NSUI) presidential candidate Hardik Nain out of the fray, the 1,897- students strong-University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) has only one candidate from the institute contesting the polls.
The institute has traditionally played a major role in deciding the fate of candidates in the PUSC elections. Last year, three candidates from the institute- two presidential and one secretary - had contested the elections.
This year Harmanpreet Singh, from the PUSU-ABVP alliance is the sole representative of UIET in the elections
The situation is similar in the department of laws University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) which have 1,209 and 1,016 student voters respectively. Only a single candidate from both these institutes is standing in the 26-August- student elections. Department of Chemical engineering has no candidate from the institute contesting the elections even though it has 750 voters.
'Don't only look at the candidate's dept'
Commenting on the dearth of candidates from the departments that have most number of voters, Vikramjeet Singh Middukhera of the SOI said "We should not only look at the department of the candidate. For instance from our presidential candidate Jasmeen Kang, who is a research scholar, we are looking to garner votes of around 1,200 research scholars which are on the campus."
Dinesh Chauhan, North India universities in-charge, ABVP, said the candidates were picked on the basis of consensus among the alliances and not on the basis of strength of students from their departments.