Presidency to hold student council elections on Nov 14
Kolkata: Presidency University (PU) student council elections will be held on November 14.
The announcement comes just three days after the Higher Education department issued a notification giving the go-ahead for four universities, namely Presidency, Jadavpur, Rabindra Bharati and Diamond Harbour, to hold student elections as and when they "deem fit".
Presidency University is the first to notify the election dates after the Higher Education department's nod. It may be mentioned that student union polls in universities other than the Diamond Harbour Women's University had been put on hold for more than two years since January 2017.
"Voting, counting as well as the declaration of election results will be on November 14, while the council formation will take place on November 15. I will soon hold a meeting with the representatives of the student wings and inform them of the rules and regulations of the elections," said Arun Kumar Maiti, dean of students, PU.
The elections will be held for selection in five posts of the student council that include president, vice-president, general secretary, assistant general secretary and secretary of girls' common room.
Five student wings of different political parties will be contesting the elections, namely Independent Consolidation, Student Federation of India, All India Democratic Students' Organisation, All India Students' Association and All India Students' Federation.
"A student who will be contesting the polls must have 75 percent attendance and the voters need to be regular students of the varsity. We will examine the first fifteen days attendance of a first year student, before giving him/her the permission for voting," a senior official of the university said.
According to PU's notification, the last date of submission of nominations is till 2 pm on November 5.
The university will not allow any political leader to campaign inside the campus for the elections.
Jadavpur University is likely to announce election dates by this week, while Rabindra Bharati University has not yet held any meeting regarding the issue.
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