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PU student polls: Posters of parties a blot on City Beautiful

With Panjab University student polls nearing, the posters of all student parties can be seen in department buildings, trees, toilets, student centre (Stu C), auditoriums, on electricity poles and also roads leading to city colleges, showing ignorance on part of the university authorities and also the UT administration.

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2016 12:42 IST
Ifrah Mufti
Posters of student unions pasted on the notice boards outside the law department at the PU in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Posters of student unions pasted on the notice boards outside the law department at the PU in Chandigarh on Tuesday.(Anil Dayal/HT Photo)

With Panjab University student polls nearing, the posters of all student parties can be seen in department buildings, trees, toilets, student centre (Stu C), auditoriums, on electricity poles and also roads leading to city colleges, showing ignorance on part of the university authorities and also the UT administration.

Moreover, the walls in markets of Sectors 10, 46, 26, 16, 11 and 42, leisure valley, outer roads of Sector 25 are all decked with the party posters of student organisations. However, the defacement is most notable at Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, where the condition of walls, electricity poles and window panes leave all other places behind.

Dean students’ welfare (DSW) of DAV College, Sector 10, Amninder Mann said, “Last week, I held a meeting issuing strict instructions to students and the student organisations to not use any stickers even on the t-shirts. I had warned them that if these directions are not followed, the candidature of that particular organisation will be cancelled. We are keeping a strict check on the violations on the campuses.”

“The students are neither allowed to paste any printed material within the premises nor outside the college walls,” he added.

However, joint secretary of municipal corporation (MC), Virender Chaudhary said, “Notification in regard to the defacement mentioning about the penalty and violations will be issued in a couple of days.”

Almost all student groups including National Students Union of India (NSUI); Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP); Student Organisation of India (SOI); Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) are violating the norms.

Besides, the members of the organisations and their supporters are seen wearing their respective party stickers on their bags, clothes, cell phones and notebooks. The college officials admit the fact that they are helpless in the matter but say the student organisations will be penalised and strict action will be taken against them if found violating the norms.

Commenting on it, a student of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, Harjot Singh said, “Our college should keep a strict check especially on this road from our college till Sacred Heart school because the student organisations have left no space on the walls and it looks pathetic and ugly.”

In 2015, the MC had joined hands with PU and the Chandigarh administration and had requested PU authorities to disqualify he candidates found guilty of flouting rules.

Meanwhile, even though the PU authorities have sent a proposal to UT administration to hold the election on September 9, the varsity is yet to hold a review meeting on the Lynghdoh guidelines.