Panjab University student polls: Four new student wings to try their hand at politics
Last week, two wings, Students Federation of Panjab University (SFPU) and Law Students Union (LSU), were formed and Himachal Pradesh Students Union (HPSU) split into two groups.punjab Updated: Aug 14, 2018 10:30 IST
Ahead of Panjab University Campus Students Council (PUCSC) elections, three new student wings have been formed and another student outfit has split into two.
Last week, two wings, Students Federation of Panjab University (SFPU) and Law Students Union (LSU), were formed and Himachal Pradesh Students Union (HPSU) split into two groups. On Monday, a group of students from the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) and the University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) also announced the formation of a new group. Last year, the varsity recorded 21 student parties. With the addition of the four groups this year, the number has gone up to 25.
Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) founder Jaskaran Brar said, “New and smaller parties are emerging because the group members wish presidency. Some even like seeing their pictures on the posters.”
“Most of the parties announce several poster presidents just to make their cadre happy. When the politicians enter the universities, things change. The smaller groups form alliances with bigger parties,” he added.
The new student wing of UIET and UICET has not been named yet. Group leader Ashish Kumar Rajyan said, “We are planning to contest for one of the four posts in the coming elections.”
On formation of new parties, Students Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) founder DPS Randhawa said, “It is the expansion of student activism. When the real issues are not taken up by the existing parties, new student wings are formed.”
Initially, PU had two student wings, PUSU and SOPU.
Since the 1990s, National Students Union of India (NSUI), Students Organisation of India (SOI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) emerged and became prominent parties.
Last year, two new student groups, PUSU for Students (PFS) and Indian Students Association (ISA), were formed.
First Published: Aug 14, 2018 10:30 IST