After doing their homework well by closely studying the lists of voters and their voting patterns, two groups vying to wrest control of Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) are working overtime to woo the voters in the run-up to the elections to the teachers' body.
Both groups - Manjit-Akshaya and Ravi Mahajan-Davinder - have plotted their strategies well to gain edge over each other in the elections, scheduled for August 9 at Law auditorium.
As per the data available with PUTA, out of a total of 623 voters in five groups comprising arts, sciences, professional courses, department of evening studies (DES) and University School of Open Learning (USOL), more than 50% faculty members reside outside the university campus. This has forced contenders to move out to ensure that they don't lose out on prospective voters.
As many as 202 faculty members live on Sector 14 campus while the Sector 25 campus houses another 71 voters. The remaining 350 are putting up outside the PU premises.
Sector 38 has the highest number of voters at 35, followed by Sector 15 and Sector 37 with 21 and 18 voters, respectively. Besides, around 100 faculty members stay in SAS Nagar and Panchkula.Sparing no efforts to reach out to every voter, the Manjit-Akshaya group has constituted three teams, which have been given the responsibility of meeting each and every faculty member at their residence and department.
Mohammed Khalid, who is contesting for the post of president from the Manjit-Akshaya group, said, "We aim at interacting personally with every faculty member at their department and residence and have chalked out our strategy accordingly."
Khalid further added that personal meetings with voters were helping them in getting a feel of the situation and make required adjustments.
On the other hand, Ravi Mahajan-Davinder group is using Facebook, emails and text messages in their campaign along with the conventional vote-garnering methods.
Devinder Singh of Ravi Mahajan-Davinder group, contesting for the post of PUTA general secretary, maintained that they wanted to reach out to maximum voters and mediums like social networking sites are help them in same. "An account 'Mahajan Devinder PUTA' on Facebook has been created and we are getting in touch with teachers on phone, who could not be contacted personally," said Davinder Singh.
Manjit- Akshaya group
Mohammed Khalid: president
Amarnath Gill: vice-president
Jayanti Dutta: general secretary
Kitty Sidhu: joint secretary
Arpit Bansal: treasurer
Ravi Mahajan-Davinder group
Ravi Mahajan: president
Yograj Angrish: vice-president
Devinder Singh: general secretary
Anju Rao: joint secretary
Parveen Goyal: treasurer