While Punjab University (PU), Chandigarh, is abuzz with activities related to Student Elections, the poll fever is yet to grip city Colleges. Most student parties are yet to start campaigning and decide their panels. As of now, they are interacting with freshers.
Even the university authorities informed that they had not been able to hold a proper meeting with students as they failed to give names of their leaders. The Dean (Student Welfare) of DAV College, Gurjeet Gill, said, “At one of the meetings, two students from the same party started quarreling about who their leader was”.
Most parties are yet to decide the panel due to which lobbying at the student level is on. The Delaye in Admissions Coupled with the online process hurt the parties and their campaign plans. Student parties had to wait longer to see full strength of freshers as admissions for courses like BA is still on at some colleges. Most parties are yet to decide their issues to be taken up in their manifestos.
Nikka Sidhu of the Student Organisation of India (SOI) at the SGGS- 26 says, “We will start planning for the elections next week as the number of students on the campus will be high then.” Rajendar Kahtkar of the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) at the DAV-10 says, “We are deciding on our panel currently. Campaigning will begin after that”. Harsh of the Sanatan Dharam College Union at the GGDSD- 32 said they had started one-on-one interaction with freshers and start their formal campaigning from next week.