DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday directed the Universities’ Vice Chancellors, Colleges’ Principals of the state, Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to ensure adequate safety and security arrangements during the students’ union elections on October 17 in the state colleges and Universities, making the process smooth and peaceful.
The Chief Minister was addressing them through a video conferencing, here. Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary, Higher Education Jyoti Arora and Director General of Police BS Sandhu were also present during the video conferencing.
Mr Khattar said that after a long period of 22 years, the present government has taken initiative to conduct the students’ union elections in the state. No other previous government ever considered about conducting the elections of the students’ union. He said on the basis of the recommendations of Lyngdoh Committee report, the Students Election, if conducted after a very long period, which is 22 years in Haryana, can be conducted only indirectly. This year, the government has decided to conduct it, as per the recommendations of the Committee. He instructed the officers to ensure that full security and safety measures were taken for smooth and peaceful conduct of student’s union elections, like that of Panchayati Raj Institutions.
Prof Ram Bilas Sharma said the primary task of district administration and police would be to ensure that the elections are held peacefully.
It should also be ensured that anti-social elements are prevented to enter any educational institution, so as to avoid any untoward incident. For this, CCTV cameras should be installed at the educational institutions and the entire election process should be videographed. In addition, a state-level control room has been established for providing assistance. Mr Khattar was apprised that the student union elections will be held in all 293 colleges, affiliated to all state varsities. About 4.50 lakh students are likely to participate in these polls. The students desirous to contest for Class Representatives would have to submit their nominations in their respective colleges. The elections would be held in those colleges and varsities, which are functional for last more than three years. This year, the elections would not be held in B Ed colleges.