PU Polls: Over 15000 Students to elect Student Council on Sep 7

PU Council Elections

The Punjab University Campus Student Council Elections, scheduled to take place on September 7, are expected to be as feisty as that of Punjab assembly elections. A total of 15,202 eligible voters as compared to 13,681 last year will decide the fate of council hopefuls. A total of 148 polling booths is set to be slated at more than 75 departments of the residential university campus, spread over 550 acres in Sector 14 and 25 of Chandigarh.

At the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, the department accommodating the maximum number of student voters, 2,514 students can vote this year against 1,897 voters in 2015. The university will set up a maximum number of 24 booths at UIET campus in Sector 25.

Though the number of voters has gone up at various departments, the number at Department of Laws has declined by 59, bringing down the number of voters from 1,209 in 2015 to 1,150 this year.

From the Centre of Emerging Area in Science and Technology, which accommodates a total of 197 voters, no student has filed nominations for the post of Department Representative.

The number of students who filed nominations for the Presidential candidate in PUCSC elections has elevated from 28 to 50 in 2016.  Also, a drastic change has been seen in the number of candidates for the post of Secretary this year, which has gone up from 37 to 50. A maximum number of candidate nominations were seen from Department of Laws, where 27 students filed the papers, followed by Centre for Public Health, UIET and UIAMS respectively.

About 200 cops had been deployed at Punjab University and seven colleges around the city, who are keeping a persistent vigil on the activities of students in and around the campuses.

While parties are busy campaigning, 15,202 students hold candidates’ fate in their hands. In the run-up to the elections, Union Human Resource Development Minister Parkash Javadekar may visit the university by August 20, to campaign for ABVP. For the Student Organisation of India (SOI), Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal will visit the campus in the next fortnight