The keenly awaited Panjab University senate elections will kickstart on August 29 with its most important phase of faculty elections. The contest will be a direct fight between the two popular groups headed by senators Ashok Goyal and GK Chatrath. The results will be declared the same day and the first six members of the new senate will be elected.
With just one day left for the elections, all the 12 contestants are busy wooing the voters and trying every possible strategy to win over majority of votes. Contenders from both the groups are confident and claiming a clean sweep.
In the Arts faculty, it would be Dr Rajesh Gill vs Prof Emannual Nahar. While Gill has the support of Ashok Goyal group, Nahar is backed by the Chatrath group.
In the languages faculty, the contest is between Prof Keshav Malhotra and Principal Janmit Singh. In last elections held in 2008, Prof Malhotra had contested against Prof Akshaya Kumar and had got 70 votes while Prof Kumar had got 18 votes only. This time, Prof Akshaya Kumar is trying his luck by contesting in the professor's category. GK Chatrath is himself contesting from the law faculty, against Davesh Moudgil, a BJP councillor. This might give Chatrath an opportunity to settle scores with Moudgil, who had defeated his daughter Anu Chatrath in the recent MC elections.
Another interesting contest would be between Prof Naval Kishore and Prof Rajat Sandhari in the science faculty category. Despite opposition, Prof Naval Kishore has made it to the elections and for him, the battle is already half won. From combined faculty, the contest is between Ashok Goyal and Prof RK Pathak. This is for the first time that Prof Pathak is contesting elections for senate and is being supported by Chatrath.
Arts: Prof Rajesh Gill vs Prof Emannual Nahar
Languages: Prof Keshav Malhotra vs Janmit Singh
Science: Prof Naval Kishore vs Prof Rajat Sandhir
Law: GK Chatrath vs Devesh Moudgil
Medical: Prof K Gauba vs Prof AS Ahluwalia
Combined faculty: Ashok Goyal vs Prof RK Pathak
Ashok Goyal: "We are confident that at least five of the six seats would be won by members from our group. All our contenders are experienced and are knowledgeable."
GK Chatrath: "We are confident that we will win. I have never mixed politics with education and we have the best candidates."