IT'S A contempt staring on their faces that the Allahabad University (AU) authorities seem uninterested or incapable of reacting to.
Despite express orders and public notices issued by the AU officials, varsity's aspiring student leaders are refusing to pull down their banners, posters and placards put up at the gates and the boundary walls of almost all AU campuses in their bid to woo the newcomers.
Even as the AU officials are dragging their feet over pulling down the banners and posters by force and initiating action against the guilty, the emboldened students leaders— upset over the AU Vice-Chancellor's move of appointing a committee for drafting new student union election guidelines— are now gearing up to pressurise varsity officials over declaring student union election dates immediately and much before the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations can come into effect and 'kill' the career of many over-aged and self-proclaimed student leaders.
It all began about two months back when the admission process of the varsity was in full swing and the student leaders, both the new and the old, resorted to their 'traditional' ways to win the hearts of the new-comers. Almost overnight, posters, placards and banners came up at the gates of the Arts faculty, Science faculty as well as the Commerce faculty campuses sporting smiling pictures of the student leaders wishing a warm welcome to the newcomers at the start of the first academic year at AU in its regained Central avatar.
As days passed and the varsity authorities failed to react, more such posters came up all along the roads as well as at buildings of the university.
After media highlighted the issue, the AU officials swung into action and following a meeting of the Proctorial Board, Proctor Prof Jata Shankar issued warning to all student leaders to remove posters and banners or be ready to face action.
The proctor even got the warning published in the newspapers twice. However, even a month after the notices, the AU officials, including the Proctor, have been found wanting in taking action against the student leaders. Sources inform that student leaders, gauging the mood of the officials concerned and their failure to act, are now getting ready to pressurise the varsity administration to hold the first students union elections on the basis of the old guidelines itself and enforce the Lyngdoh Commission recommendations, especially the age bars suggested, only from the next academic session.
When contacted, AU Proctor Prof Jata Shankar conceded that the action should already have been taken against the student leaders concerned. "We have taken notice of the contempt being shown and will act as soon as the varsity reopens after the Dussehra holidays.
List of all student leaders whose posters and banners are seen on varsity gates and buildings will be compiled and notices will be issued to them immediately. If their explanation is unsatisfactory, the university will initiate strict penal action them," he said.