Jamia Millia Islamia on Tuesday told Delhi high court that a fresh attempt will be made for holding elections to the student union which was dissolved six years ago — but only as an experiment.
Filing its reply on a public interest litigation seeking a direction to the university to hold elections for students union, the university told the court that its executive council has accepted the recommendations of a six-member committee of academicians, constituted by the vice-chancellor (VC) pursuant to the court’s earlier order to look into the aspect.
“The committee was mindful of the fact that despite the prevailing situation in the campus, considering that the Jamia Students’ Union was dissolved six years ago, a renewed attempt should be made to provide a representative body to the students by way of an experiment,” the affidavit said.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by a final year BA student, Hamidur Rehman, and lawyer Sitab Ali Chaudhary seeking a direction to the university administration to conduct polls to students’ union.
“Jamia was not conducting the students’ union elections on the grounds that the atmosphere was not conducive despite several representations made in this regard before the administration,” the petition alleged.
Jamia has been charging Rs. 50 annually from each student as union fee but the authorities have “no intention to hold the election”, Chaudhary said.