Capt Amarinder Singh writes to Vice-Prez, seeks early Panjab varsity Senate polls - ECAS Punjab

Capt Amarinder Singh writes to Vice-Prez, seeks early Panjab varsity Senate polls

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 13

Citing improvement in the state’s Covid situation, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has written to Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Chancellor of Panjab University, seeking early elections to the university Senate since the inexplicable delay in polling was causing resentment among various constituents of the institution.

In a letter to the Chancellor, the CM has urged him to advise the Panjab University administration and the Chandigarh administration for proper and timely conduct of elections to the Senate of the university.

Stressing that failure to conduct elections to the university Senate was not only annoying but also against the cannons of any good governance and law, the Chief Minister said, “There is a substantial resentment among teachers, professionals, technical members and graduates of the university and representatives of various constituencies for the Senate elections.”

Noting that the university administration and the Centre felt that the situation was not conducive to hold elections due to the pandemic, the CM said the situation had improved and the elections to Parliament, Legislative Assemblies and various other urban and rural local bodies had been held across the nation. “There is a need to ensure compliance of the protocol that has been evolved in the last few months to contain the pandemic and there should be no reason for the university administration and even the Chandigarh administration or the state government not to comply with these,” he added.

The CM pointed out that ever since the university was set up, its Senate was constituted after every four years with the members elected through a democratic process.

“Strangely, the elections to the Senate have not been conducted, though over the last six decades these were held regularly in August- September of relevant year,” he said, adding that in a situation when the Senate was not constituted, the Syndicate of the university would also not be constituted as its term would end on December 31.

“There may be a need for some reforms for the administration of the university, but they may, if so required, be pursued with the active participation of all stakeholders, including the elected Senate of the university, and the Syndicate so constituted in keeping with the existing provisions of the Panjab University Act, its regulations and statutes. While the reforms will be welcome, there is no reason to amend any of the time-tested legislations, regulations or statutes governing the university,” read the letter.



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