PUTA elections: Final voters’ list delayed

  • Surender Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 29, 2014 12:20 IST

The preparation of final list of voters for Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) elections scheduled for August 12, has been delayed. The list, which was to be sent out to the voters by the evening of July 28 was not completed as PUTA managed to prepare a list of about 612 members only till Monday as opposed to 647 in last year’s elections.

“Atleast 20 more members should have been added to the voters list this year, as 30-35 faculty members joined the university in the last one year and only a dozen retired from the services,” a PU official said.

PUTA president Devinder Singh said they were in the process of updating the voters list. “We have prepared a list of 612 members. The numbers are expected to increase. We will send out the final list on Tuesday,” he added. Singh also alleged that one of the reasons for delay was that some key members of his opponent group,
Khaled Mohammed and Akshaya Kumar group, didn’t not send their voters list on time.

On the other hand, Khaled-Akshaya group, alleged that the teachers’ association adopted a casual approach while preparing the voters list. “It was an important task, and there was no sense of urgency while carrying it out. It only goes on to show PUTA’s efficiency,” Kumar added.

K Tankeshwar group is likely to field old faces in the elections this year. The group so far has declared two names, including Devinder Singh for the same post again and Anju Rao for the post of secretary.

Meanwhile, Khaled-Akshaya group has already declared the names of candidates. Rajat Sandhir of biochemistry has been fielded against Devinder Singh, for the post of vice president, Ram Mehar of University School of Open Learning will be the faction candidate while for the post of secretary, Amit Chauhan of University Institute of Engineering and Technology and Dr YP Sharma, also from UIET, will contest for the post of treasurer. K Tankeshwar group is likely to announce candidates for the remaining posts on Tuesday. According to sources, the group is likely to contest the same people as last year, for main executive as well as three other executives.

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