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JU conducts Student Welfare Board meet, to adopt students' union model

JU conducts Student Welfare Board meet, to adopt students union model

Kolkata: Jadavpur University (JU) has decided to hold students' elections by following the students' union model.

The Student Welfare Board of the university conducted a meeting on Wednesday.

The students were informed about the recent notification of the state Higher Education department and a go-ahead was given to four varsities, including JU to hold elections.

"The Student Welfare Board conducted a meeting today (Wednesday). We will be holding elections as per existing practice in the university. The students' union have been asked to inform us about the dates on which they want to hold the elections. We will finalise the dates soon after we receive the details from the students," a senior official of JU said.

The previous election of the varsity was held in January 2017.

Students of Jadavpur University had opposed the government decision to replace students' union with students' council.

They held a referendum in January 2019 where 97 percent of the students voted in favour of students' union. A total of 9,176 students voted during the referendum.

It may be mentioned that JU, Presidency University, Rabindra Bharati University and Diamond Harbour Women's University that do not have any affiliated colleges were given the go-ahead to hold elections.

In the notification issued on September 17, the Higher Education department allowed four universities, including Jadavpur, to hold elections to the students' union or council as they deem fit.

Presidency University has announced November 14 date for holding students' council election.

Voting, counting as well as the declaration of election results will be on November 14, while the council will be formed on November 15. The elections at PU will be held for appointment in five posts of the student council that include president, vice-president, general secretary, assistant general secretary and secretary of girls' common room.

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