| Patna University Students’ Union president Ashish Sinha (seated third from left) and other elected members during the protest on Monday. They were protesting against the polls to the students’ cabinet at Patna Women’s College. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
The election of the Patna Women’s College students’ cabinet has put the Patna University (PU) administration and Patna Women’s College (PWC), one of its best constituent institutions, on a collision course.
The college administration, in spite of protests by elected Patna University Students’ Union (Pusu) members, conducted the students’ cabinet meeting successfully on Monday though later in the day, the PU administration raised questions about the validity of the election. The university administration on Monday evening issued a showcause notice to the college administration and asked the PU dean of students’ welfare, K.N. Paswan, to probe into the case and submit the report within three days.
On Monday, police had to resort to lathicharge after Pusu members clashed with the college authorities over the PWC students’ cabinet election.
Sources said it was not the first time that the college and university administrations had been on a collision course. Sources attributed PU’s view of PWC as a minority institution to be the main reason behind the stand-off between the two on many issues. They added that the PU administration had told PWC that there was no procedure for holding college union election under the Pusu Act. However, in its reply, the PWC administration said the college students’ cabinet election was not a students’ union election but only an extra-curricular activity to facilitate extra-curricular events in the college.”
Randhir Kumar Singh, a senior teacher of Patna College and former general secretary of Patna University Teachers’ Association (Puta), said: “There are various issues on which the college administration differs from the varsity. According to PU’s rules and acts, all its constituent colleges have to give 40 per cent of its internal resource share to PU but PWC is the only college which doesn’t give its share to the university. Moreover, the college administration conducts BEd admission on its own without following the university guidelines.”
Even PU vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh admitted that the college doesn’t follow university guidelines in many issues but refused to go into details.
History student Sudha Kerketta was elected the premier of PWC in the students’ cabinet election by clinching 286 of 674 polled votes.