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Row over Kolhan varsity election

Student wings and authorities of Kolhan University are at loggerheads over the process of elections slated early next year even as all the 14 constituent colleges have sent electoral rolls to the headquarters in Chaibasa by Monday.

The varsity has decided to conduct indirect election to its students’ union in January-February 2013, but student outfits have warned that it would be time-consuming and encourage misuse of money.

“The University of Delhi, too, has been flexible enough to conduct direct polls this year. Why can’t Kolhan University do the same? Indirect election involves cheating and various anomalies. After the college elections, those members who are financially more powerful will decide the final results. So, we have demanded direct elections,” state president of NSUI Parvinder Singh told The Telegraph.

Student leaders are demanding that the polls be after April, once the final-year examinations are over.

The varsity, meanwhile, reasons that indirect election was a recommendation of the Lyngdoh Committee report.

The university has decided that the 14 constituent colleges would choose five representatives for the posts of president, vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and deputy secretary. All the departments will elect five office-bearers each. Finally, 75 college and five postgraduate representatives will elect the varsity’s executive body comprising president, vice-president, general secretary, joint secretary and deputy secretary.

“The university will always prefer indirect elections, as we want to go by the norms. However, we will also want student unions to co-operate,” said vice chancellor Salil Kumar Roy.

The university has also planned to stage its first convocation in February 2013 and has sent an invite to former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam to grace the event.

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