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Pusu poll hinges on new VC

Aspiring contestants for the Patna University Students’ Union (Pusu) elections would have to wait till the new vice-chancellor (VC) assumes office. The university administration has no plans of conducting the elections till then.

Patna University VC Arun Kumar Sinha said: “At present, the university has no plans of conducting the students’ body election as the university has to spend a lot to hold the election. Once the new VC selected by the search committee assumes office, the university would decide to hold the students’ body election.”

The PU’s decision has disappointed hundreds of students planning to contest the polls this time. The elections were held after a gap of nearly 28 years in 2012.

Then vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh organised the students’ body election on December 11 according to the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.

Sources said the present administration doesn’t want tension by holding students’ body elections, as it struggles to maintain the academic calendar, getting approval for traditional courses and day-to-day incidents of student clashes.

Satyaveer Singh, a postgraduate psychology student, said: “It is very discouraging that the university administration is not planning to conduct the students’ body election this time, postponing the elections till the new VC assuming office.”

A senior university, preferring anonymity, said: “According to the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations, the students’ body elections should be held six weeks after the commencement of the new academic session and in such a situation, students’ body elections would be held not before September next year.”

Anticipating the mood of the PU administration, the present Pusu members have started concentrating on their parent political body activities.

Pusu president Ashish Sinha, affiliated to the ABVP, could be seen participating in events and functions organised by ABVP, while Pusu general secretary Anshu was seen concentrating more on All India Students’ Federation (AISF) activities attending its seminars and functions

Several students feel that as the Pusu tenure is complete, the university administration should dissolve the present Pusu.

Even after completion of a year, Pusu members have been demanding their students’ body constitution from the varsity administration.

According to sources, in 2012, PU had to face a difficult situation in holding the polls, as various students’ organisations affiliated with different political parties opposed the university administration for holding the elections according to Lyngdoh Committee recommendations.