Putting an end to the controversy surrounding elections to the Panjab University (PU) campus student council, PU vice-chancellor (V-C) AK Grover ruled out the possibility of drastic measures to rein in student political groups on the campus.
He broke his silence for the first time on the ongoing controversy, during a function to launch the submission of online examination forms for post graduate students of the university, here on Wednesday.
The V-C said changes (referring to poll violations) in the way the student council elections were held should come from within the student community. He indicated that the university would neither shift to indirect elections nor de-recognise political parties on the campus.
Earlier, dean, student welfare, Navdeep Goyal had talked of tough measures including de-recognising student political parties from the next academic session and also hinting that university might even go for indirect elections to rein in student political group.
In reply to a question on the controversy, he said, “You may say, it sounds Utopian (change from within the student community). In my life, I have had such views and made them successful.”
National Students' Union of India (NSUI) won two seats this yea, including, that of President.
However, NSUI's victory resulted in homegrown non-political outfits, Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Student Union (PUSU), which faced humiliating defeat, resorting to locking of vice-chancellor's office gates' for days and protests for almost a week, claiming that the polls were rigged.
Most candidates outnumbered each other in splurging money for winning the elections, but if officials are to be believed, all of them have submitted before the university that they spent money between `4000- `5000 in these elections.
The V-C, admitting that there were reports of gross violations by all parties, said, “There were allegations of violations and I have ordered the administration to make all the records pertaining to elections public, so that those interested can go through the information available.”
Defending the university and its faculty members, Grover further said that the university had been conducting elections with the same mechanism for years.
“All I can say is that our mechanism to conduct elections is robust. It was one such instance which caused the entire controversy. By and large elections have been more peaceful than previous years,” Grover, said hinting at the issue of distribution of t-shirts with a student political party's name printed on it, on the day of elections.