C H A N D I G A R H   S T O R I E S


Bullet before ballot
Akash Ghai and Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
In the first incident of violence in connection with elections to student councils at local colleges, Saurav Malik, a supporter of the Hindustan Student Association (HSA), was allegedly shot at from close range on the road separating Sectors 32 and 33 here around 9:45 pm tonight.

Saurav said he had a providential escape as one bullet pierced his bicep and passed through him near his heart. A passout of the local DAV College the previous year, he was travelling to SD College in connection with campaigning.

A resident of Delhi, he was currently studying at the IIPM in Delhi. He was currently on a visit to his friends at Sector 15 in connection with the poll.

He was rushed to the Sector-16 hospital, where he was declared out of danger. Saurav told the police that they were at the Sector-32 market when the attackers came in two or three cars, including an Innova. They threw a brick on his Santro car (HR31F-5050) and smashed the rear windscreen. He was accompanied by his friends Deepak and Vicky.

Saurav said, “I drove away from the spot. They fired two shots near the Sector 32-33 traffic lights. Two bullets were fired. My car was overtaken by an Innova (CH01AB-1317). The occupants of the car, Bikramjit, alias Bikra, a PU student, and Jashan Brar, Amarjeet Cheeema and Rimpy Bajaj, all students of SD College, used foul language. I was told that I better vote for SOPU or be prepared to lose my life. When I tried to reply, an occupant took out his gun and fired a shot.”Another friend of the victim, Kuldeep said the atackers were sitting in the SOPU tent at Panjab University.

Doubts remain

Doubts were expressed about the claim by Saurav about the injury being inflicted by a bullet. A doctor, requesting annonymity, said the wound on the side from where the bullet was supposed to have crossed the bicep was small, which was against the size expected of a bullet injury. ASP Des Raj said he would not like to comment on the matter till a thorough examination was done. A team of forensic experts was also rushed to the spot.



Winner may stand to lose
First-ever pre-poll election audit at PU
Sumedha Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
In the first-ever pre-poll audit, Panjab University (PU) is all set to cancel the candidature of students who spend more than Rs 5,000 on their campaign before polling for the Panjab University Campus Student Council.

Student groups have been asked to furnish receipts on expenditure during poll activity latest by tomorrow morning. The bills will be reviewed in the background of video coverage and inputs from the intelligence wing.

Anyone exceeding the limit will face cancellation of candidature. In case the audit results are declared after elections, even the results declaring winners may be cancelled.

A decision to this regard was taken at a meeting today between the Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti, IGP PK Srisvastava and SSP Naunihal Singh, deliberating on the Lyngdoh committee recommendations.

The committee was studying the aspect of candidates wasting high amounts of money against a clear-cut prescribed limit of not more than Rs 5,000 by each party.

Naunihal Singh said, “It was discussed at length that despite a clear-cut upper limit on expenditure, all major student groups in the fray spent huge amounts of unaccounted-for money.

These did give false affidavits of sticking to the prescribed limit. There was never a check on actual expenditure.”

The exercise of poll audit commenced this afternoon.

The team was compiling expenditure data late into the night when contacted by this correspondent for comment.

“We will try to complete the exercise before the poll commences. Even if we are late, the defaulting candidate will be asked to vacate his seat if he wins,” a senior police official said.

The team was compiling data on expenditure before and during elections. Based on video coverage and intelligence reports, it would include expenditure on fuel for jazzy cars, movie trips and dance parties, besides certain other gimmicks.



Two girls injured in acid attack
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 1
Two girls, Swatika and Shefali, suffered serious injuries when two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths threw acid on them at the busy Daun petrol filling station near Kharar late this evening. The girls had to be rushed to the PGI, Chandigarh, where the condition of Swatika (who suffered maximum burn injuries) is said to be critical.

According information, the girls, along with their employer Rakesh Rikhi, who runs a property dealing business in Phase I, had stopped at the petrol filling station around 6 pm on way to Chintpurni in Himachal Pradesh. As soon as Rikhi got down from the car to get the fuel tank filled, two youths came there with a can of acid and threw it on the car. Swatika, who was sitting on the front seat, suffered maximum injuries. The property dealer also suffered injuries.

The assailants managed to escape from the spot. Two colleagues of the girls, who were accompanying them in another car, took the victims to the PGI. The faces of the assailants were not visible in the CCTV footage at the filling station.



Men in khaki ready for day of reckoning
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
The Chandigarh Police is all set to ensure a violence-free Panjab University Campus Student Council poll tomorrow, in line with the period of a calm election campaign.

The police have earmarked at least 650 cops on election duty, under the supervision of 11 Deputy Superintendents of Police and 20 inspectors.

The police have a sizeable strength of woman cops at the university and colleges. Police Control Room Gypsies, a quick reaction team and an anti-riot vehicle will be placed at sensitive points.

In a complete change to the usual scenario of raised voices and frayed tempers before D-Day, the police have carried out a security drill according to a meticulously etched out plan. About 400 policemen will be present on the campus and the rest will take care of colleges. Besides the strength of the local police, reserve forces include the Indian Reserve Battalion, CID officials and the private security cell of the university.

“All security arrangements for elections have been put in place. All three entry gates are being manned by five policemen each and an equal number of private guards. Only vehicles having special stickers will be allowed,” said Gurmukh Singh, SHO of the Sector-11 police station.

Preventive action

To check nuisance, the Chandigarh administration has asked 23 student leaders to furnish a personal surety bond that they will not be involved in any kind of ruckus during the elections

At least seven vehicles have been impounded under Sections 109 and 279 of the IPC

The police have identified at least 40 vehicles under the dangerous category

There has been a ban on the entry of student leaders Simranjit Singh Sandhu, Narinder Gujjar and Sanjay Kumar on the campus of late



Way to woo — pick-and-drop facility
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
If you are a college student and someone arrives at your doorstep at 7 am on Friday to pick you up, do not be surprised. The visitors can be a part of the service being provided by different student organisations.

Making a final attempt to garner support, the organisations are offering pick-and-drop facility to students on the day of polling to ensure a huge voter turnout. Student organisations active in city colleges are leaving no stone unturned to win.

All parties in colleges have already hired cabs for picking up students from the Inter-State Bus Termini (ISBTs) at Sectors 17 and 43, apart from local students from their residences.

The list of students in the tricity has been procured and distributed among cab drivers and party workers.

Students who have mentioned their contact numbers will also receive a call before somebody arrives to pick them up.

Vivek Singla, president, Youth Association of India, DAV College and Khalsa College, said at least 10 cars would be at the service of students since 6 am.

“While half of the vehicles will pick up students from both ISBTs, the remaining will ferry students from sectors,” he stated. He further said students had been provided helpline numbers for pick-and-drop facility.

Parambir Singh, Chandigarh election in charge for Student Organisation of India, said they had provided party supporters with addresses of students residing close to their houses.

These students would be picked up before voting, he added. “Our party workers will pick up all students in the morning and drop them back after the poll,” he stated.

Amardeep Singh Cheema, SOPU leader, SD College, Sector 32, said duties had been given to party workers.

“Girls will pick up the girls while boys will only go to the houses of boys to pick them up,” he asserted. He added that students willing to take their help had been given a particular time when party workers would pick them up.

The service would begin at 7 am and continue till the beginning of polling.



Operation waistline successful, at last
45 cops lose at least 10 kg each
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 1
Belying the general perception that pot-bellied policemen can never reduce their waistline, at least 45 personnel of the Haryana Police have set an example by losing more than 10 kg each during a 45-day weight-loss course.

Their tummies had not relented at all during earlier attempts at weight reduction in the two workshops of the same duration conducted separately.

The fact that the participants lost weight this time, in the first round itself, was significant as many of the policemen had, instead of losing weight, gained it the last time round.

Last time, the Panchkula police had extended the programme for the second and third rounds and five policemen who had failed were declared medically unfit for the course.

This time, participants lost between 10 kg and 12 kg and nobody was declared medically unfit. A total of 45 policemen who were obese and considered physically unfit were getting training under the anti-obesity course.

Physical trainers of the Haryana Police were giving them tough physical exercise sessions. These included physical training sessions in morning and evening, lectures on diet, counselling by doctors, games like volleyball and yoga sessions.

This course was started as a pilot project of the Haryana Police. Overweight policemen who were not fit enough to do regular policing were enrolled for the course.

Policemen who were part of this course were doing only this course. They were not doing regular policing and only reporting to their course instructor.

Panchkula Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary said all policemen enrolled for the course this time lost the desired weight. He added that they would start a course for another batch of overweight policemen in the few days.



Another cable theft, 1200 phones down
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 1
The woes of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) subscribers in Mohali seem to be unending. Almost a week after repeated incidents of theft of its underground cables from Phase IX, crippling hundreds of telephone connections of government and private offices at Phases VII, IX and X, thieves struck at Phase V the previous night and stole five metres of the expensive cable.

The snapping of the cable resulted in over 1,200 telephone connections going out of order at Phases II, III and VI of Industrial Area. “Telephones went dead this morning. Due to the non-functional telephone, I could not receive calls, affecting my business,” said SS Lehal, an entrepreneur at Phase I of Industrial Area.

A number of telephones of Punjab Tractor Limited and other major industrial units were out of order due to the theft. A number of labourers engaged by GMADA for the widening of the road separating Phases IV and V were sleeping near the site of the theft. An official of the BSNL said a police complaint had been lodged, but the police seldom lodged an FIR. In the previous two weeks, four such daily diary reports had been lodged with the police, but no investigation had been conducted to track down the thieves.

BSNL officials said a number of telephones had remained out of order in the previous few weeks due to digging and widening of the road. The station house officer of the Phase I police station, Manjeet Singh, said a case would be registered once the complaint reached him. A senior BSNL official said the telephones would be made functional by tomorrow.


High-rise buildings threat to chandigarh’s character
Top officials of Haryana, Punjab concerned too
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
The Chandigarh Administration today expressed concern at the high-rise buildings proposed in the vicinity of Chandigarh, which could have adverse impact on the unique character of the city.

UT chief architect Sumit Kaur raised the issue in her presentation at the 22nd meeting of the coordination committee for the development of Chandigarh and its periphery held here under the chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, Sudhir Krishnan.

She highlighted the challenges faced by the city and the developments coming up in the periphery both within Chandigarh in Punjab and Haryana.

The meeting was attended by Adviser to the UT Administrator KK Sharma, Punjab Chief Secretary SC Aggarwal, Haryana Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati and UT Home Secretary-cum-Secretary Urban Planning Ram Niwas.

The Adviser said the UT Administration had been coordinating with the neighbouring states with regard to the high-rise buildings proposed in the of north of the Capital Complex, eco-sensitive zone, regional planning board around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, linkages and housing. The discussions have been fruitful and further modalities are being worked out. The Chief Secretaries of Haryana and Punjab showed equal concern for Chandigarh and the region and mentioned that they were committed to the cause of safeguarding the unique character of Chandigarh.

The Principal Secretary, Town & Country Planning, Haryana, gave a presentation regarding the status of ongoing development in the periphery of Haryana. He mentioned that the proposed developments were as per the approved master plans duly notified.

The Chief Regional Planner, NCRB, gave a detailed presentation regarding the constitution of NCR Planning Board and preparation of the regional plan. He highlighted the success of the NCRB in achieving the object in various spheres like reducing the rate of population growth, checking migration, development of growth centres and linkages. This special presentation was arranged by TCPO, in view of the proposal for the creation of Chandigarh Regional Planning Board and regional plan for Chandigarh and its region.

The Chief Administrator, GMADA, apprised about the GMADA regional plan prepared by Jurong. The developments are coming in the region in accordance with this plan. He mentioned that the land use planning and floor area ratio (FAR) should be scientific and logical. He said that there are certain activities which could not be carried out in the organised parks/open spaces, therefore, there is need to plan for grounds where people can assemble and children can play. He was not in favour of concept of mixed land use citing the example of Bangalore Metropolitan Region where earlier mixed land use of economic activities was proposed, but with the passage of time, the adverse effect on the planning and environment had been observed.

The Adviser said a case was pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. As per the direction in the above case, the master plan has to be prepared and submitted in the court.

The Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana said the development projects coming in the vicinity of Chandigarh were based upon the approved master plans. The Chief Secretary of Haryana said that even the Punjab and Haryana High Court as well as the Supreme Court had not observed anything adverse in the master plan of the Mansa Devi Complex, which is in the immediate vicinity of the Sukhna Lake.

Haryana seeks 2 more routs to link P’kula to city

Haryana has asked the Central government to provide two more alternative routes to link Panchkula with Chandigarh in the master plan for the development of Chandigarh and its periphery. These routes have already been discussed between the UT Administration and the Haryana government.

The demand was made at the 22nd meeting of the Coordination Committee for the development of Chandigarh and its periphery held under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development, Sudhir Krishana, here today.

Making his presentation on “Development scenario on the periphery of Chandigarh, (Haryana portion)”, the Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning, Haryana SS Dhillon, said an additional route would link Haryana with Industrial Area, Chandigarh (parallel to Chandigarh-Kalka road), overbridge on the railway line and further link Panchkula between Sectors 17 and 18.

The second alternative route from Ambala-Chandigarh (NH-21) would link Panchkula with the airport, Industrial Area, Chandigarh, the southern sectors and the areas beyond Chandigarh like Mohali and further. Since major portion of the alignment for route number one is located either in the railway property in Chandigarh or in Chandigarh area, this issue needs to be finalised for seeking clearance from the Union Ministry of Railways for construction of the overbridge, and construction of the road through the railway land for providing access to Panchkula. 



No electricity panel meeting for 6 months
Reason: MC officials fail to prepare minutes of previous meeting 
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
Chairman of the electricity committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation Kamlesh has not been able to convene the meeting of the panel. Reason: The officials concerned have failed to prepare the minutes of the previous meeting held in March.

In June, Kamlesh wrote a letter to the MC Commissioner stating that in the previous meeting, members had raised a number of queries and discussed various issues relating to the department. However, even after a number of reminders to the officials, neither the reply to the queries has been prepared nor the minutes have been distributed among the members, she said.

The MC Act clearly states that the minutes of all the meeting have to be prepared in which the names of members present and its proceedings should be recorded and tabled in the next meeting after signatures of the presiding officer.

When contacted, Kamlesh said the officials are giving excuse that no issue was tabled in the meeting and only discussions were held for which there was no need to prepare the proceedings.

In March this year, Kamlesh chaired the first electricity committee meeting. Members raised the issue that most of the streetlights, especially on V-6 roads, were non-functional even though the MC was paying huge amount to the UT electricity department.

Kamlesh directed the officials to table a detailed report about the average electricity bill paid to the UT and also the data of the number of electricity poles on these roads.

On the request of councillors in July, the Mayor had taken up all the pending issues in Finance and Contracts committee meeting and got them cleared as no electricity committee meeting had been held for the past three months.



Blocked road gullies, wild growth abound in Sec 11
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 1
Ill-maintained parks, blocked road gullies and potholed roads have become a part and parcel of the life of Sector 11 residents. “We have approached the authorities time and again, but it seems the grievances of public do not bother them,” said US Sharma, president of the House Owners Welfare Association.

A visit to the sector proves the claims of Sharma. The parks are in a shambles with wild growth everywhere.

While the lights on the poles are lying out of order, the junction boxes on the bottom of poles are found to be open, posing a danger to the lives of children.

“The road gullies in the sector are not cleaned due to which rainwater remain accumulated on roads, which have become a source of mosquito breeding,” said RC Sahni, the president of the Private House Owner’s Welfare Association, Sector 11. The berms of roads were broken at many places and nobody bothered to repair them, he added.

While the open space in the community centre is full of wild growth, the residents of neighbouring localities have turned it into a parking lot.

One of the former councillors from the sector, Aarti Tiwari, said she had raised the issue time and again with the authorities at the Municipal Council as well as with HUDA but to no avail. Another former councillor Vikas Chaudhary, however, did not reply to several calls and messages.

Residents speak

We have approached the authorities time and again, but it seems the grievances of public are the least of their priorities. —US Sharma, president, House Owenrs Welfare Assocaiton

The authorities seem to be in the habit of ignoring the civic amenities at the housing board quarters. —Rajesh Puri, Local Resident

The attitude of the authorities is not public friendly.  — Vinod Pankaj, Local Resident

The area needs better attention from the officials concerned. — Vishal Joshi, Local Resident



Want to improve your voice?
Go for phono surgery at PGI
Anuja Jaiswal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
If you thought changing voice was only a technique restricted to smart phone and computer software applications that allow voice modulations to make one sound differently, you need to update your facts. Like tummy tuck, breast enhancement and reduction and body sculpting, surgeries that make one look better and confident, voice surgery is a modern-day marvel for those feel low due their shrill, low or hoarse voices.

While people usually make fun of men who sound like women or vice versa, the psychological impact that these disorders can have on those who suffer is hard to imagine, at least for most. It may sound strange but a bad voice can be an impediment in many ways, including finding a good job and for career enhancement.

Thanks to modern-day medical marvel. Doctors are now conducting “phono surgeries” that help rectify these disorders and make one sound better. According to Prof Ashok Gupta of the otolaryngology department of the PGI, besides professional voice users and trans-genders, people who have shrill or hoarse voice can undergo such surgeries for voice correction.

He said though the number of people opting for these surgeries in the city was low, but with two to three surgeries being performed at the PGI during a year, voice can be altered as per the person’s requirement by altering the length of the vocal cords. He said the surgery takes a couple of hours and the patient is discharged the same day.

Dr Gupta said voice was the identity of an individual but not many take care of it due to lack of awareness. He said voice disorders could occur due to abuse of tobacco, alcohol and even intake of cold drinks. Other reasons include surgical trauma, roadside trauma in which vocal cord are paralysed.

“We generally don’t suggest surgery. First we try to rectify the problem with speech therapy, voice modulation and breathing exercises. If it does not work, than we suggest a surgery. There are chances of people not liking the new voice but that’s rare,” said Dr Gupta.

He said, highly susceptible to voice disorders are those who misuse or abuse their voice like politicians, teachers, television anchors, radio jockeys, singers, and those working in call centres. Almost 400 such cases have been reported in PGI annually.

What is phono surgery? 

The term ‘phono surgery’ refers to any surgical procedure performed with an aim to improve the voice. It may also be called ‘plastic surgery of the vocal cords’. There are different surgical procedures available at the clinic for the treatment of voice disorders. These include laser voice surgery, phonomicrosurgery and laryngeal framework surgery.

Restoring eyesight

Stem cell implant surgeries are proving a boon, especially for those trauma patients who lost their eyesight in an accident. The PGI started a pilot research project to rectify the vision loss in trauma patients in 2008. Till now, it has successfully restored the eyesight of 42 such patients. Talking to The Tribune, Dr Ashok said such stem cell surgeries are proving a boon in cases where other surgeries are not possible. Explaining the procedure, he said stem cells are injected into the damaged optic nerve to revive it. 

Rehabilitation of vision

The department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, PGI, is conducting a three-day surgical workshop, starting Friday. The theme of the workshop is “Rehabilitation of vision, voice and hearing”. The workshop would stage 13 surgeries, including functional endoscopic sinus surgeries, endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy, powered adenoidectomy, thyroidectomy, CSF rhinorrhea repair and functional neck dissection.



Tricity scan

36 stray dogs vaccinated:
The municipal corporation on Thursday organised a free anti-rabies vaccination camp for dogs in association with the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Around 36 stray dogs were vaccinated at Behlana village, sabzi mandi and Peer Baba Mandir.

Encroachments removed: A special anti-encroachment drive was carried out by the enforcement wing of the municipal corporation in the furniture market, Sector 34, on Thursday. Beds, dining table, bundle of foam, bed gadda and chairs kept on municipal land were removed. Forty encroachers were issued challans.

Sanitation campaign: A sanitation campaign was launched at Palsora village, Lal Bahadur Shastri Colony, Sector 56, by the sanitation wing of municipal corporation. Safaikaramcharies took out an impressive rally in creating awareness by carrying placards depicting the message to cooperate in keeping the surroundings clean.

‘Development claims fake’: Chander Shekhar, spokesperson, Bharatiya Janta Party, termed the development claims of local Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal fake. Chander Shekhar said the Congress was in power in the municipal corporation for the past around 10 years and during the period the maintenance of basic amenities had turned from bad to worse. Drinking water supply to various areas in the city was not proper, he added.

Aid for underprivileged: Easyday Market and easyday stores owned and operated by Bharti Retail will organise a cloth collection-for-donation drive for the underprivileged across 10 states of India from September 1 to 15. The initiative is being taken in association with GOONJ’s “Cloth for Work” project under which clothes collected and donated will be used to motivate the communities to repair roads, dig wells and clean villages.

Guv’s intervention sought: The Chandigarh Residents Social Welfare Federation in a letter to the UT Administrator has expressed its displeasure over the indecent happening on August 29 during the general house of the municipal corporation where officials staged a walkout. The remarks “useless officers” used by some of the councillors were termed as unwarranted. The federation has asked the Administrator to intervene in the matter and correct the wrinkles in the smooth functioning of the house.

‘Parkash Utsav’: Parkash Utsav of Guru Granth Sahib was celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm in Shivalik Public School, Mohali. Teachers presented a PowerPoint presentation, delivered speeches on the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib. Students were informed about the history of Guru Granth Sahib and the number of shabads contributed by different saints and sages of that era.

College bags first position: Students of Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology, Phase II, have bagged top positions in MCA examination conducted by Punjab Technical University. At least 44 students out 46 secured the first division, Sunaiana Mahajan of MCA scored 87.15 per cent, while Gurpreet Kaur Aulakh of MBA secured 83.78 per cent. In MBA stream, 84 students got first division.

Singing contest:
An inter-house bhajan singing competition was held in the junior wing of DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, Pinjore, Panchkula. Students of Dharma, Ahimsa, Vivek and Satya Houses participated in the competition. Principal RP Anand applauded the students for giving such soul-stirring performances. Dharma House won the first position by securing 40 points.

National conference: E-Max Group of Institutions hosted a national conference on emerging trends in civil engineering. Ultra Tech Cement was the event partner and Institution of Engineers (India) was the knowledge partner. — Tribune Reporters



Protesting PEC students detained, freed on bail
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
A day after Section 144 was imposed within 100 metres of the gate of the PEC University of Technology at Sector 12 here, the police detained students staging a protest outside the office of its director.

The students had been protesting for over a week against the management. A team of the Chandigarh Police arrived at the spot this afternoon and asked the students to leave.

Following their refusal to call off their protest, the students were detained. The students were produced before Additional District Magistrate ML Sharma and released on bail in the evening.

First-year students enrolled the previous year who could not meet the conditions laid down by PEC for promotion to the second year were protesting against the PEC management.

The students had claimed that following a PEC Senate meeting on August 18, no consideration was given to them for promotion to the second year. The orders of imposition of Section 144 would remain in force till September 5.



Time for students’ mandate
PU elections-2011

Campaign: For the first time ever since its installation, inter-personal campaign became the key tool in elections. Thanks to the UT police and Lyngdoh recommendations, rallies, protests, freebies gave way to issue-based campaigning, where candidates had to prove their worth by their commitment to an issue rather then old promises. Publicity became the last priority and catching on to voters kept parties busy.

Campaign techniques in order of use 
Inter-personal communication
Word of mouth
What we missed


“The key attraction of elections every year, PU students surely missed the open jeeps, flashy cars, zooming around the campus with studs on steering. Given to latest directive, even printed posters were not allowed on vehicles. Parties were asked to walk to hostels to campaign.


You love it or hate it, but frequent protests during the elections made the VC’s office happening for a while, however, imposition of Section 144 stole the show.


Some say that booze parties happened in private, but frequent raids by the UT police surely spoiled the late night ‘murga-daaru’ parties in hostel rooms.

Vice-Chancellor RC Sobti

Known for his quick wit, VC RC Sobti, who is more popular than presidential candidates, chose to stay away from the attention till the last day when he came and congratulated winners.

Open House’

It was banned, but the platform, where students and rival parties held each other accountable formed the basis of democratic elections. The student centre which presented a sea of vibrant and enthusiastic faces remained deserted with no open house.”


What according to many killed the fun of elections, but ensured a violence-free campaigning was the UT police’s ‘Mission PU’. Right from dressing down notorious troublemakers, counselling other student leaders to even carrying 20 odd raids in Punjab, the UT police proved that it would no longer be a mute spectator to student violence.

Lyngdoh: The fun killer

Frenzy, finances and fury bid an adieu to poll


Rs 5,000 limit on election expenses per candidate

No printed posters, printed pamphlets or any other printed material for the purpose of canvassing will be allowed.

Elections to be held on a yearly basis and the same should be held between six and eight weeks from the date of commencement of the academic session.

With a view to prevent the inflow of funds from political parties into the students’ elections, candidates are specially barred from utilising funds from any other source than voluntary contribution from the student body.

No academic arrears for the candidates in the year of contesting elections.

A 75 per cent attendance record or the minimum prescribed by the university, whichever is higher

Upper age limit of the candidate is fixed at 28 for research students

Student representation should be regulated by a statute either central, state or individual university statute

The key issue: More hostels for girls

They may belong to different parties and departments, but the three candidates for presidential elections are joined by a common cause of getting girls an apt accommodation.

Campus route

Gate No 1 (facing PGI) will remain open from 8.30 am to 10 am and will remain closed after that for the entire day. Gate No 2 facing Sector 15 and Gate No 3 facing Sector 25 shall remain open as usual, but will be under watch.


Carry your ID cards

Get your attendance duly marked

Sign the attendance sheet

Go through the ballot paper

In case of any discrepancy, report to observer

Use different ballot papers for different posts

Stamp on the code of party after verifying it

Use different ballot papers if required to select more than one department representative


Try to enter departments after 10 am

Help outsiders in gaining entry into university

Carry arms or batons in your cars

Carry liquor crates

Try to cast more than one vote

PU student council profile




General secretary

Joint secretary

Number of department representatives:

Already elected unanimously: 56

To be elected: 55

Number of voters: 13,279

Number of polling booths: 161

Number of observers: 7

The ‘warring’ trio : 20 brigade

Panjab University student representation has surely undergone a tremendous change as following the increased number of undergraduate programmes and Lyngdoh recommendations, former leaders have given way to these 20 something who have left schools not long ago, but are ready to lead 13,000 odd students 

The change is here

Student spats were going out of the campus and graduating from batons to firearms, so the UT police came up with ‘Mission PU’. I think this was the most peaceful campaign in the last decade. The change is here. — Naunihal Singh, SSP

Student politics renaissance

The bloody trail will now give way to progressive and healthy competition and it will no more be the make of cars and number of supporters, but the issues which will determine the fate of candidates. —RC Sobti, VC, PU 

Election winners

Year Party

1997 PUSU and allies

1998 SOPU and allies

1999 SOPU and allies

2000 PUSU and allies

2001 SOPU and allies

2002 PUSU and allies

2003 PUSU and allies

2004 PUSU and allies

2005 PUSU and allies

2006 SOPU and allies

2007 PUSU and allies

2008 SOPU and allies

2009 SOPU and Allies

2010 PUSU and allies 

Tips to choose your president

zo by the issues

Take party reputation into consideration

If confused do as your friends say 



High drama at GC-11
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
High drama was witnessed at Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11, on Thursday after a college student was found distributing college identity cards among students. The student had procured the ID cards from the college library.

The opposition objected to it claiming that the student had hidden the ID cards of their party supporters. Later, the college authorities intervened and ID cards of all students were taken back and submitted to the library.

Members of PUSU, SFI and SOI staged a protest outside the principal’s office demanding that the nomination of candidates of SOPU alliance should be cancelled. 
Prabh Preet Singh, an SFI leader, said Deepak Kumar, a BA first year student, who had been elected as the department representative (DR), was distributing college ID cards among students asking them to vote in their favour.

“After verifying facts, we found that the student had procured the ID cards from the library and was trying to influence students, which otherwise should have been distributed by the library staff,” Singh said. Singh further alleged that the ID cards of their party supporters were also collected from the library and was hidden by Kumar in a bid to restrict students from casting their vote. Following the protest, the college authorities asked the students to submit all ID cards to the library.

College principal JS Raghu said all ID cards were sent back to the library and an explanation from the library employee who handed over all cards to the student had been sought.  Raghu, meanwhile, assured the students that they would be allowed to cast their votes on the basis of library cards and receipts apart from the college ID cards. 



Last-minute effort to woo voters
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1
Utilising the last day before the student poll, student organisations in all colleges were seen persuading students to cast votes in their favour.

Party workers focused on neutral students attending classes to garner their support.

Although campaigning had ended, party workers met all students personally to make a last-minute effort to garner support. SOPU leader Vikram Singh of SD College said they continued with a silent campaign by meeting hostel residents in the market asking them to support his party.

“We preferred to meet students personally with a hope that they will support us in the elections,” Vikram said.

Harjeet Singh Dhillon, president, Khalsa College Student Union (KCSU), said apart from personally meeting students, they sent SMSes to students and even called them up.

Party workers were even seen visiting libraries and parking lots of colleges to meet students who were not supporting any student organisation.

Raman, SOI leader, Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 42, said various groups were constituted to woo students.

Panel number of candidates were also distributed among students.

Students were urged to exercise their right to vote.

Meanwhile, the door-to-door campaigning also continued for the second day, with student leaders visiting houses of students. 



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