The ball has finally been set rolling for the students' union elections in Patna University - first in nearly three decades. On Tuesday, the university constituted a six member committee under dean, faculty of sciences, UK Sinha, to start the process for holding elections at the earliest.
The elections will be held as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh committee, constituted by ministry of human resource development dpartment on the direction of the Supreme Court. The education department had also written to all the universities to initiate the process for holding elections as per the Lyngdoh committee recommendations.
Other members of the PU panel include Prof Ezaz Ali Arshad, dean, students' welfare, Dr Prabha Shukla, Dr Khagendra Kumar, Dr Soheli and Dr Dilip Ram. PU vice chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh had on August 15 last announced that PU would hold the elections.
The university is determined to hold student union elections.
The committee will work out the modalities and decide a date. It will oversee proper conduct of elections. I have asked the members to go through the Lyngdoh committee recommendations and plan accordingly,h said Singh.
As per Lyngdoh committee, the elections have to be totally non-political, aimed at keeping out political parties, money and muscle power from campus.
Besides, there are stringent norms, viz 75% attendance, clean track record, full time enrollment, no use of printed posters, printed pamphlets, or any other printed material for canvassing.
Besides, the use of loudspeakers, vehicles and animals for the purpose will also be prohibited.
The candidate must not have a previous criminal record, that is to say he should not have been tried and/or convicted of any criminal offence or misdemeanour. The candidate shall also not have been subject to any disciplinary action by the university authorities, say the recommendations.
Sinha said he would go through the recommendations as well as the transitory statute from the Raj Bhawan, issued in 2010. Though the students' bodies have been demanding elections for a long time, it intensified after chief minister Nitish Kumar strongly rooted for it at the 150th foundation day function of Patna College on Janaury 9 last.