NOVEMBER IS half gone but the suspense over LU Students’ Union (LUSU) poll continues to thicken and give a queer pitch to the whole affair.
Even smart student leaders are unable to decide what to do next. Their bravado and activism cannot help in the matter since it is pending with the Supreme Court. All this lends uncertainty to the elections.
Successive meetings between student leaders and LU officials proved inconclusive. While student leaders have challenged the SC interim order on students’ union reforms, LU is firm on its stand that elections to the Students’ Union will be held as per the new guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court of India based on the Lyngdoh Committee Report, sources said.
Now LU top brass have made it public that they would not mind in holding the elections anytime after December 3 after the back paper examinations come to an end. LU officials maintain that the final election schedule would be chalked out in consultation with the district administration.
A few students’ leaders want LU officials to raise the maximum age for contesting elections by one to two years so that more student leaders may get a chance to contest elections. On this demand, LU made it clear that this is a legal issue and no assurance can be given at this stage.
In an official communiqué, the varsity stated that admissions to PhD in various departments should now be completed before November 30, 2006. The students getting admissions to these courses would be eligible to contest elections as per the Supreme Court guidelines.
The varsity has cleverly seized the opportunity to tame the rowdy student leaders and made it clear to all of them that they must not disturb classes and examinations. Also they should abstain from putting up banners and hoardings and must not engage in wall writing in or outside the campus.
LU stated that the elections should be conducted by a five-member committee headed by controller of examinations RBS Verma. The varsity stated that most of the student leaders assured a full cooperation and good conduct during the entire process of election.