PU student elections on Sept 4; V-C calls for peaceful polls
Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Gorver announced the tentative date for the upcoming student council elections as September 4, here on Tuesday.
The date was announced at a meeting called by the V-C with student leaders from different political parties.
Instructions regarding the code of conduct to be followed by political parties during the election campaigning till the end of it were also discussed during the meeting.
After debating on the final date of the elections, September 4 was set as the tentative date. The V-C mentioned August 29 as the date earlier, but student leaders were of the view that they would get little time for campaigning. September 4 was then agreed upon by everyone.
It was decided that there will be a schedule for campaigning in classrooms and no two parties will be allowed to campaign in the same blocks of the department. Instead, there will be slots for campaigning.
The V-C said strict action will be taken against any outsider found in the boys' hostel without proper registration. He added that students harboring such an outsider will also be heavily penalised.
Grover urged the student leaders to lend their support in holding violence-free elections.
The university has also started high vigilance to avoid any clashes in the campus. The hostel wardens have been put on the job of constantly raiding the hostels. The gate guards and internal security has also been asked to be on high vigil to avoid any untoward incident.
Manoj Lubana from National Student Union of India (NSUI) said, "The meeting went off well and September 4 has been communicated as the date for elections.
We are with the authorities and will give them our complete support in holding peaceful elections".
Steps for peaceful polls
Internal as well as Chandigarh police will be continuously patrolling inside the campus
Surprise raids will be held especially in boy's hostels to check smuggling of weapons inside the campus and also to check outsiders staying without prior notification
Specific slots will be given to different political parties to campaign inside the classrooms
Dysfunctional CCTV's will be made functional and more of them will be installed at strategic locations
One week before the elections, no four-wheeler without university sticker will be allowed inside the campus
No party meetings will be allowed at open places in the campus
Specific bulletin and notice boards will be provided to all parties and posters will be strictly placed only on them. Any party whose posters are found pasted at places other than the boards allotted will be penalised