The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 7 , 2014
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CU poll talk at Raj Bhavan

Calcutta University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das met governor M.K. Narayanan at Raj Bhavan on Monday to discuss measures being taken for peaceful conduct of student union elections.

Elections on the six campuses of Calcutta University (CU) are scheduled for January 18. Prospective candidates will have to submit their filled-in nomination forms on Tuesday.

The governor, who has expressed concern over disruptive campus politics on several occasions, on Monday enquired about steps being taken to prevent violence during polls.

“The measures taken by the university (to avoid violence) were discussed during the meeting. The chancellor expressed his satisfaction when I told him about the preparations this time,” Das said after the meeting.

At the university’s convocation on November 30, Narayanan had advised students against resorting to violence on campus and asked them to maintain discipline.

The university authorities have arranged for tight security right from the day of filing nominations.

For the first time, nominations will have to be filed at a centralised location to ensure better co-ordination with police, a university source said. Till last year, candidates used to file nominations on their respective campuses.

The heads of all 68 departments of CU have been asked to be present on the College Street campus for collecting nomination forms on Tuesday. Two teachers from each department, including the heads, will be engaged in collecting the forms. The university has arranged for their police protection. Special vehicles escorted by police will take the teachers from the six campuses to College Street and back.

The university has for the first time arranged heavy police deployment in front of all students’ hostels keeping in mind past instances of violence.