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Student union polls will be held in Haryana before Oct 15: Minister

October 2, 2018

After a gap of 22 years, student union elections would be held in colleges and universities of Haryana before October 15, education minister Ram Bilas Sharma said on Monday.

Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has given his approval to allow conduct of student union polls in college and universities, fulfilling a long pending demand of the students, Sharma said. A foolproof system will be put in place to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections. With this BJP has fulfilled its promise made at the time of 2014 state assembly elections, he added.

Notably, the students’ union polls were banned in 1996 by the then Chief Minister Bansi Lal following incidents of violence.

Members of the Indian National Students Organisation (INSO), the INLD’s students’ wing, had been seeking students’ body polls in the state. Reacting to the decision of holding student unions polls, INSO chief Digvijay Chautala said that “government is holding indirect polls to student union bodies, which is not acceptable”.

“We will strongly oppose this move of the government. We will be holding a meeting in Chandigarh on October 4 in this regard to decide future course of action,” Chautala told reporters in Delhi on Monday. He alleged that “government wants to have its control over varsities by having indirect polls. This is violation of rights of the students.”

Earlier, the Khattar government had set up a panel headed by Prof Tankeshwar Kumar, vice-chancellor of Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, to give its recommendations on holding of the student union polls in the state.As per official figures, there are 227 colleges 147 government and 80 government-aided. Haryana has 12 state government-run universities, four central universities, 28 deemed and 19 private universities.

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