PU officials are said to be in a Catch-22 situation about whether to make suggestions given by various city college principals about holding student elections public. The varsity officials are likely to send a letter to the Chandigarh administration regarding the same, recommending elections provided no incident of violence was reported.
In a meeting held last week on Thursday, the colleges were not ready to hold elections. However, on PU vice-chancellor AK Grover’s insistence, they agreed. But, they had advocated that PU elections should only be held if neighbouring colleges of Mohali, Panchkula, Ambala and Ropar. go for student polls . “Students from tricity colleges swarm Chandigarh colleges and Panjab University campus and also create law and order problem. If elections are held there, they would remain busy with their elections,” an official who was part of the meeting said.
However, putting it on record could prove to be dicey for PU as sources say such a move could invite the wrath of Punjab and Haryana state governments and lead to political ramifications in the respective states. Student council elections are not held in either of these states.