For the fifth consecutive year, the pro-vice-chancellor (VC) group was routed in the annual elections to the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA), voting for which took place on Wednesday.
In fact, it was a clean sweep by the rival group with its candidates bagging all the five posts of office bearers of GNDUTA in a direct contest against their opponents. All six executive members who emerged victorious also belong to the group opposed to the VC.
For the post of president, Lakhwinder Singh of the department of commerce and business management defeated Anish Dua of the pro-VC group from the department of zoology by a margin of 85 votes. Lakhwinder polled 203 votes while his rival managed just 118 votes.
For the post of vice president, AS Soodan (botanical science and environment) of the anti-establishment group defeated Sandeep Sharma of the computer science department by a margin of 52 votes. Soodan polled 184 votes while his rival got 132 votes.
For the post of secretary, NS Saini (physics) defeated DS Sogi (food sciences) by a margin of 79 votes. Saini secured 201 votes while his rival got 122 votes. For the post of joint secretary, Neena Malhotra (Punjab School of Economics) of the anti-establishment group defeated Shymal Koley (psychotherapy) by a margin of 15 votes.
For the post of treasurer, Adarsh Pal Wig (botanical science and environment) emerged victorious, defeating Aziz Abbas (Urdu) by a margin of 83 votes.
Those who made it to the executive were Davinder Singh, Balwinder Singh, Harmeet Singh, Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Jatinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh. All six belong to the anti-establishment group.
Commenting on the elections results, newly-elected GNDUTA president Lakhwinder Singh said, "Our victory was due to the relentless fight we had put up for getting justice to numerous members of the faculty who had been victimised by vice-chancellor AS Brar. The election results have once again showed how unpopular the VC and his policies are".
He said that the fight against injustice and victimisation of teachers will continue. In this context, he pointed to certain faculty members being denied promotion by the VC on one ground or the other and the change in the date of eligibility of certain teachers while giving them promotions.
The new president made it clear that GNDUTA stood for creating a congenial and peaceful atmosphere on the GNDU campus and on the campuses of its regional centres.