The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday imposed a blanket ban on the election of students unions in all universities and degree colleges with immediate effect.
Higher Education Minister Rakesh Dhar Dwedi took the decision following the chief minister’s directives to improve academic atmosphere in universities and degree colleges.
RK Mittal, Principal Secretary, Higher Education, has already issued a government order (G.O.) in this regard. According to it, union elections have been banned in universities and degree colleges, including private colleges till further orders.
All vice-chancellors had already been informed about the decision. Vice chancellors of all universities and the director, higher education, have been entrusted with the responsibility of strict implementation of the ban in their respective institutions.
In 2000, the then higher education minister, Om Prakash Singh, now a BJP Legislature Party leader, had taken tough measures to restrict the entry of undesirable elements in campus politics. Many students who overstayed on university campuses for many years only to indulge in politics and contest the union elections were prohibited from contesting.
However, soon after the change of guard in the state, the then chief minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, again relaxed the rules in September 2003 and issued a GO for holding union elections.
Some universities and degree colleges which did not comply with the order, had to hold union elections when the Mulayam government issued another GO in December 2004 making it ‘mandatory’ for universities and degree colleges to hold union elections.
The Lyngdoh Committee constituted by the Supreme Court had framed a stringent code of conduct to check growing indiscipline, violence, and use of black money during the union elections. The Apex Court not only approved Lyngdoh’s recommendations but also made it mandatory for all the student union elections all over the country.