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Stage set for elections in all colleges

Saturday, 08 September 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– For the first time in the history of Uttarakhand, the students’ union elections in all the colleges of the State would be held on a single day on Saturday. In Dehradun, the DAV PG College which is the biggest college of the State in terms of student enrollment is naturally the cynosure of all eyes. The chief election officer of DAV PG College, D K Tyagi said on Friday that 6049 students would vote to elect their candidates in the students’ union election. He further informed that a total of 17 polling booths have been set up for the election there. The college administration has set up separate booths for boys (9) and girls (8). Tyagi claimed that elaborate security measures have been taken in and around the college campus to ensure a free and fair poll. He said that only those having valid identity cards would be allowed entry in the college premises. Meanwhile a ‘general assembly’ on the initiative of the college was organsied in the college on Friday during which the student leaders expressed their ideas and plans. Speaking on the occasion, ABVP candidate for the post of the president of the union, Jintendra Singh Bisht promised that he would work for better facilities and creation of a better academic environment in the college if elected. Aditya Bisht, the NSUI candidate for the same, dwelt on the problems faced by the students of the college and promised to solve them if elected. He also talked about a need to enrich the library of the college and beautification of the college compound. Many other student leaders and contestants also expressed their views on the occasion. However, lack of the oratory skills of the students’ leaders was clearly visible during the event, say many present. Many contestants failed to speak convincingly even for two minutes, they add. In DAV PG College, NSUI is trying hard to break its rival ABVP’s winning streak continuing for 11 years. The candidates of the RSS’s student affiliate kept winning the election of the union president for 11 years without a break. However, this time, the Congress’s student wing is hopeful of registering its win.   Apart from DAV PG College, the election would also be held in all other colleges, including DBS PG College, SGRR PG College and MKP College, on the day.recommendations of the J N Lyngdoh committee being flouted The recommendations of the J N Lyngdoh committee are blatantly being flouted in the students’ elections. The student leaders are spending huge sum on electioneering. They are also throwing lavish parties. In gross violation of the norms, printed electioneering materials are being used on a large scale and the entire stretch of road leading to the college is splattered with banners and posters, again in violation of the norms. Though the administration has deployed independent observers in all the colleges they appear helpless to enforce the provisions of Lyngdoh committee recommendations on student union elections, given the mood of the students and the connivance of their political mentors.

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