By securing nine seats out of 15 at stake, Navdeep Goyal-led alliance strengthened its grip over the Panjab University (PU) syndicate this time. The rival group led by Ashok Goyal bagged six seats to stand at second position.
Navdeep Goyal-led alliance included DAV group, Chatrath group and the University group. Ashok Goyal group, on the other hand was supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) group.
Surprisingly, Chatrath group that had bagged 10 seats last year could bag only two seats in the law faculty.
The University group has won four seats — Anil Monga with 28 votes from the faculty of sciences, Charanjit Sohi and Dr Ajay Ranga with 29 and 26 votes, respectively, from the faculty of arts and Prof Navdeep Goyal with 43 votes from the combined faculties. This was followed by the DAV group that clinched two seats in the faculty of sciences and one in the faculty of arts. From the DAV group, HS Lucky won by bagging 25 votes in the arts faculty, while Dr IS Sandhu (27 votes) and BC Josan (28 votes) won from the faculty of sciences.
Elections were held in three of the six faculties — arts, science and combined. Members were elected unopposed in the faculties of languages, law and medical sciences. Going by the PU calendar, three members each are elected from the faculties of arts, science and combined, while two members each are elected from the faculties of language, law and medical sciences.
In the faculty of law, Dr Dayal Pratap Singh Randhawa and Dr Emanual Nahar, both belonging to the Chatrath group, were elected unopposed, while the faculty of languages was dominated by Ashok Goyal group as Prof Keshav Malhotra and Prof Shelly Walia were elected unopposed from there. Similarly, in the faculty of medical sciences, Ashok Goyal and Raghbir Dayal, both from the same group, were elected unopposed.
However, in the combined faculties, which included dairying, animal husbandry and agriculture; business management and commerce; design and fine arts; education; engineering and technology and pharmaceutical sciences, Harpreet Singh Dua with 37 votes, Professor Navdeep Goyal with 43 votes and Dr Surinder Sangha with 40 votes were elected. On one seat, there was a tie between Dr Surinder Sangha and Dinesh Talwar, following which, re-election was held and Sangha emerged as the winner.
Navdeep Goyal said, “Our agenda is university’s welfare and we will continue to work to accomplish that.”
“Had BJP been with us, they would also have got at least two seats, but by supporting another group, they failed to make a mark,” he said.
Ashok Goyal said, “We will co-operate with all the syndicate members. We need to take decisions considering the varsity’s welfare and not as per the likings and disliking of the vice-chancellor.”