Worried over the extravagant expenditure and rise in violence in campuses across the state during students' union elections, the Orissa government on Thursday announced to implement a model code of conduct for the annual polls this year.
This is not the first time that the government has been implementing the model code of conduct in college elections. "This is part of the reforms initiative undertaken by the government," Higher Education Minister Samir Dey said.
He said the elections in all the colleges in the state would be conducted on August 24. "The colleges which could not hold the elections on that day, would have to forego students' union elections for one year," Dey said.
The government has fixed a ceiling on the expenditure by candidates in the campus polls.
"The maximum permitted expenditure per candidate should not exceed Rs 5,000," a notification issued by the higher education department said.
Official sources said the government had taken maximum measures to avoid violence which generally broke out during electioneering.
The new code of conduct allows use of only hand-made posters at certain places in the campus and no candidate would be allowed to carry out processions or public meetings or in any way canvas or distribute propaganda material outside the college campus.