The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) will play a major role in who will wrest power in the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC).
With 2,429 votes, the UIET accounts for 18% of the 13,542 votes. It is followed by the department of laws with 1,254 and the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) with 895 votes. Most alliances have, thus, tried to give important candidatures to the institute.
"Our secretary candidate, Resham Mittal, has quite a clout at UIET as he is a fourth-year student and represented PUSU for three years," said Chandan Rana, presidential candidate of the NSUI.
Parties had asked the UT administration to allot separate timeslots to hold rallies at the UIET. On Monday, too, even after the campaigning had formally ended, the NSUI, PUSU and SOPU resorted to slogan-shouting at the UIET during lunch break.
SOPU's candidate for joint secretary is Priya Ranjan, a fourth-year student of mechanical engineering at the UIET, while PUSU has fielded Abha Sharma, another UIET student, for the post of secretary.
"At the UIET, there are so many votes in just one building. That is why every party tries to give representation to the UIET. In 2012, vice-president Seerat Arora was from UIET," said Satinder Singh Satti, the outgoing PUCSC president.