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Posted at: Sep 2, 2018, 1:57 AM; last updated: Sep 2, 2018, 1:57 AM (IST)PU POLLS

Holidays dampen canvassing at PU

Holidays dampen canvassing at PU
Activists of a student party discuss strategy outside a canteen at Panjab University in Chandigarh on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL

Bhartesh Singh Thakur

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 1

After the withdrawal of nominations for the Panjab University student elections on Friday, students parties have been left with only a day for effective campaigning on September 4. This has irked the student outfits, who are crying foul over it. 

As the university will remain closed on Sunday and it was a holiday on Saturday, a number of hostel inmates have left for their homes. On September 3, the university will again remain closed on the account of Janmashtami, leaving only a day for campaigning.

Adding to their woes, teachers are going on a strike on September 5, so many students may not come to the university. However, rallies have been planned for this day. The polls will take place on September 6. “Effectively, we are left with only one day. This has never happened in the recent past,” said Vicky Middukhera, president of the city unit of the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI).

 On Saturday, candidates campaigned at Student Centre, canteens and hostels. In hostels, they approaching every room.  “I am witnessing it for the first time that only single day has been left for campaigning,” said Manoj Lubana, an NSUI leader. 

UIET holds key

The University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) holds the key in the elections.  It has 15.8 per cent of the votes. This time, there is no presidential candidate from this department unlike the previous years.Despite that, there are maximum four candidates from the UIET. Two of them are fighting for the secretary’s post while one each are contesting for the posts of the vice-president and the joint secretary posts. 

The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) has 1,345 students (8.7 per cent of the total). Three students from the department are contesting the elections this time. Ashish Rana from the ABVP is the only candidate who is  contesting for the post of the president.  The Department of Laws has 1,050 students (6.8 per cent). Only Pardeep Singh from the NSUI is contesting from the department. 

The election stats 

Department No. of students 

UIET: 2,451

UILS 1,345

Department of Laws: 1,050


Physics 600

UBS 442

Education 401

Chemistry 386

UIPS 340

Economics: 339



Computer Science: 329 

Total students 15,541

Total booths 162

Total dept representatives 124


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