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SKMU ready for senate polls

Dumka, Nov. 24: Sido Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU) declared yesterday that it would hold the election of its senate — the highest decision making body of the varsity — on November 26 and December 4.

SKMU officials said around 380 teachers posted at various postgraduate departments of the varsity and 500 non-teaching staff would cast their votes during the two days.

While the non-teaching staffs will elect one representative in the senate, the teachers, who would cast their franchise on December 4, will elect a total of 12 member representatives. The varsity officials said they had received a total of 29 nominations for the posts of teacher senators.

Sources also said that single nominations of some teachers like Hiralal Ram, Vedanand Jha, Ram Kishore Rai and Suman Lata — from SP Mahila College, Dumka, Sahebganj College, AS College, Deoghar and Madhupur College respectively — were likely to be declared winners uncontested, leaving merely 25 candidates in fray for the elections.

Teachers appointed in 2008, who make up more than 40 per cent of the total mentor strength of the varsity, have been debarred from voting during the election.

“Teachers who have completed at least five years in service will be able to contest or vote during the senate elections,” Sesh Nath Rai, dean of students welfare, who would also act as the returning officer, told The Telegraph.