The much-awaited student council elections of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) have been suspended for the third consecutive year due to short span of time and commencement of undergraduate examinations.
The university authorities should complete the election process before March 31, but the process could not be completed due to short span of time.
This year too, no student member would be able to represent the students' cause in the university's executive council (EC). The student council members represents the students in the EC, the highest decision making body of the university.
Suspended for two years because of bickering among the student bodies, the student council elections have been suspended this year too. Last time, the elections were held in 2010.
Though the student bodies have been continuously insisting on holding the student council elections, the university authorities delayed the process.
Due to inordinate delay in the completion of the election process, the university authorities were forced to suspend the council elections this year.
Elected representatives from the colleges across the state who participated in the elections are busy in examinations.
The right wing students' organisation - Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) - which has dominated the students' council since its inception accused the university authorities of suspending the elections, arguing that the university authorities deliberately delayed the election process, so that anti-student decisions were approved without any opposition in the absence of any student representation in EC.
“The university authorities do not want elections to be held. During the past some years, the student council at HPU had played a big role in the university affairs. The university authorities have willingly suspended the elections so that no one raises any question,” said ABVP campus president Kuashal Koundal.
“In the absence of students' representation in the EC, the university has taken various anti-student decisions such as outsourcing of hostel mess, increase in number of non-subsidised seats in different departments and increase in the examination fee for undergraduate courses,” said Koundal.
However, the university authorities said fights among student groups were one of the factors that led to delay in elections.
“The code of conduct was enforced in the state in wake of the assembly elections that delayed the election process. After the elections, the winter vacations started that further delayed the elections. Now, the examinations for undergraduate courses have commenced and now we won't be able to hold the elections in such short time,” said university public relations officer Ranvir Verma.