One may call it sheer coincidence but the students of the Panjab University campus have lost their supremacy in the students politics over the recent past and it is the outsiders, who are completely dominating the political arena.
Shockingly enough, Students Organisation of Punjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), biggest student bodies of PU, have string of outsiders running the affairs of the respective party on campus.
SOPU recently announced its panel for the next session. The newly elected team comprised of Manoj Lubana alias Mauji as campus president. Vicky Middukhera and Robin Brar, who were holding the position of presidents, were declared as state president and chairman, respectively.
Bikram Jatana alias Babbu was named as the party president and is the lone student of varsity on the panel pursuing MA while all the other elected members are not on rolls of varsity as regular students. Same is the case with senior SOPU leader Brinder Dhillon. Similarly, PUSU has Jeevanjot Singh as chairman of the party. Jeevanjot is student of a Landra-based college.
Such student leaders are habitual troublemakers and feature in almost all the brawls on and outside campus. Besides that they are actively involved in arm-twisting of officials to persuade them to fulfill their demands. Despite all the varsity authorities have preferred to look the other way.
Taking dig at the university authorities, a student, said that the officials are hand in glove with both the parties. "It's not possible for any outsiders to operate in campus without connivance of authorities," said the student.
In contrary, a member of SOPU, said that all such leaders are old students of university and have deep penetration in the student community. "The presence senior leaders is vital for gaining edge over the other parties," said the member.
When contacted, dean students welfare (DSW) prof Amrik Singh Ahluwalia said that they are yet to receive the copies of newly elected panels of PUSU and SOPU. However, he accepted that some non-PU students were present on the day when their panels were announced.
Downplaying the seriousness of the issue, prof Ahluwalia said that no matter who is on panel of the parties, only those who are students of university are allowed to contest elections.
Calling for a need to put a check on presence of outsider, a senior PU official, said that there is dire need of devising a method to keep outsiders at bay from student politics.
SHO Sector 11 police station inspector Gurmukh Singh said that they annually gather all the information pertaining to the students leaders and will ask the university to provide the details of newly elected members of all the student bodies.