The Himachal University that had remained the hot bed of student politics has given many a leaders to the National and State politics. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai was a Himachal University alumni and he never misses an opportunity to address the students on leadership issues here whenever he visits India.
Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and number of young Congress MLAs are a product of this very university. The entire second line leadership of BJP in Himachal led by its national General Secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda and majority MLAs in Vidhan Sabha were one time activists of ABVP in this university campus. The complete State Secretariat of CPI-M and the newly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Shimla were active members of SFI during their college and university days here.
All the organisations while arguing on these bases have strongly condemned the decision of current Vice Chancellor for seriously mulling on banning the student elections. The Himachal University had for a long time remained a citadel of left politics and the BJP supported ABVP has also challenged it many a times. Even the Congress supported NSUI that has never won an election here after its inception in 1971 has also condemned the VC’s and Principals’ proposal of a ban.
The university is having a fairly good academic atmosphere and hundreds of students qualify the UGC scholarship exams and other competitive exams every year, said Vikram Singh, State SFI Secretary. “If the students demand more library and better hostel facilities and question the appointments of teachers of a particular ideology while ignoring the merit – the university authorities call it a disturbance and interference in academic pursuits, how far is this true”, he asks.
The NSUI has blamed the VC for buckling under the pressure of RSS and BJP and banning the student elections because of coming Vidhan Sabha elections later this year. The BJP cannot afford to loose student elections before the assembly elections as it might send bad signals, said Kuldip Rathore Congress General Secretary and a former NSUI leader.