Patna University students and officials have abided by the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations for the students’ union election till the finish.
The posters and banners that were put up for the campaigning of the candidates for the Patna University Students’ Union (Pusu) election, held on December 11, have been removed from the campus.
The Lyngdoh Committee recommendation states: “All candidates shall be jointly responsible for ensuring the cleaning up of the polling area within 48 hours of the conclusion of polling.”
On Thursday, The Telegraph did a reality check at various colleges under Patna University. At most of the institutions, the banners and the handwritten posters that the students’ organisations had put up were missing. The college administration had whitewashed the walls as well. After 48 hours of the Pusu election, the main university campus, too, looked spick and span.
At the entrance of Patna Science College, the All India Students’ Association (AISA), which fared poorly in the election, had put up a 10-foot-long handwritten banner with names of the candidates the party was supporting for the key university posts. In sharp contrast, the banner was missing from the spot on Thursday.
Students hailed the Lyngdoh report for their clean-up act. Sanjeev Sardar, a student of Patna Law College and a senior member of Bihar Vikash Morcha, said: “According to the recommendations of the Lyngdoh Committee, the banners and the posters put up by students’ organisations had to be removed after the campaigning got over. Some of the banners and posters were removed by the members of the different students’ organisations, while the others were removed by the university administration.”
| The whitewashed walls of Patna Science College on Thursday after the posters were removed. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
The Morcha-backed candidates have won two executive posts at BN College.
Nishant Kumar, a student of BN College, said it was because of the Lyngdoh panel report that the university officials and the students were on their toes to get the campuses cleaned within the stipulated time.
“Thanks to the committee’s recommendations, even after such a big election, not a single wall remains defaced. Our campus is looking tidy,” he said.
Nishant added that had the students’ union election not been held following the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations, the students’ organisations would have defaced the campus.
At Magadh Mahila College the institute administration had erected a 20-foot-long billboard for the students’ organisations to put up posters and banners. It is now being used in putting up college-related information.
Chairman of Pusu election committee U.K. Sinha said: “Following the guidelines of the Lyngdoh Committee, the banners and posters were removed after the election.”
He added that during the election, graffiti written by the students’ organisations were white-washed. “Now, we shall strongly deal with the students’ organisations that deface the university property by writing graffiti on the walls,” Sinha said.
The newly elected Pusu members met Patna University vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh on Thursday.
Union president Ashish Sinha said: “The VC has asked the elected members to constitute sports, culture and debate committees. The work of the committees would be to organise college- and university-level events.”
Ashish added that the college representatives would be responsible to conduct the events.
The university administration on Thursday evening awarded certificates to the elected members. The certificates bear the name, class, college and the post the student is holding in the union.