One of the oldest student bodies of the university, Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), threw its name in the hat by announcing its panel of candidates for the upcoming Panjab University student elections on Wednesday.
On the occasion, PUSU president Satwinder Singh Naval said that they would contest the elections on the agendas of creating a congenial atmosphere for girl students, renovating the infrastructure of the science departments and establishing a separate library for the south campus.
He strongly reiterated that the ‘money-bag’ student organisations of political parties who promote corruption, drugs and violence needed to be shunned away from the PU campus.
Amandeep Kamboj, Senior PUSU leader, said “The political parties are using the so called leaders of student organisations as toilet bags, who they will throw away after their motive is complete. Their prime objective is to win power and student issues are a secondary thing for them. This can be best adjudged from the fact that the members of the party, which was in power for the last two years, were seen mostly in New Delhi serving their masters.”
Jaskaran Singh Brar, who is one of the founders of PUSU, arrived on the campus to announce the panel. Nikhil Rangra of the anthropology department was appointed to the post of campus chairman, Jagbir Singh of BA-BEd was appointed north campus president and Aman Dhiman of University Institute of Applied Management Sciences (UIAMS) took over as south campus in-charge.
Bachelor of dental surgery’s (BDS) Shahbaaz Singh was appointed to the post of south campus president while Maninder Singh of police administration took over as campaign in-charge.
Brinder Singh of police administration, Hardik Ahluwalia of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) and Surkhab Singh of University Institute of Legal Studies were given the posts of executive incharge of north campus, press secretary and general secretary, respectively.
History of PUSU
Brar informed that the party was formed in 1977 and contested elections for the first time in 1978. At that time there were three more parties Progressive Students Union (PSU), All India Sikh Students Association (AISSF) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
“In 1980 the party won the post of vice president which was our first victory in student elections. Then, in 1982 it managed to defeat PSU and win the post of president,” said Brar.
He added that they had faced numerous difficulties as they were opposing PSU, which was being supported by the ruling Congress party. “I was being wrongly framed in an attempt to murder case of my own party colleague. At that time there used to be too much violence on the campus,” he said. Brar remained PUSU president from 1982 to 1987 and now works as an advocate and social activist.
“Minister of state (independent charge) for skill development and entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy has won the post of general secretary on PUSU’s ticket. Congress MLA Kuljeet Nagra was also associated with the PUSU,” said Brar.
“We have always fought for students’ rights. We prepare leaders; the others prepare politicians. The political parties and their students’ wings are corrupting students. We have confirmed reports that the students wings get ‘50 lakh to ‘1 crore to spend on elections. They have enough money to distribute mobile phones to students,” he said.
Recently, PUSU was agitating over making hostel allotments transparent by putting the waiting list online. The authorities agreed and now hostel allotments have been made systematic.