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Move to curb campus politics: Students up in arms against Bajpayee

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Protesting Students: File Photo

Shimla: The majority Student organisations in the hill State on Thursday opposed the proposed decision of Himachal University Vice Chancellor to impose a ban on campus elections.

Leading organisation the Students Federation of India organised a big rally in the university campus which was also attended by the students from all other colleges in the town, said Kapil Bhardwaj, SFI State President. The ABVP and NSUI have also warned the authorities to not to go on with the anti-democratic decision of banning student elections.

More than one hundred Principals of Government and Private Colleges in Himachal Pradesh have seconded the proposal of University Vice Chancellor A.D.N. Bajpai to ban the Central Students Association in all university campuses and all affiliated colleges. The Vice Chancellor and other teachers in the university and allied colleges have stated the elections as the main cause for the student violence and frequent strikes in the educational institutions.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Bajpai on his joining the campus last year had also proposed to ban the university teachers from fighting Vidhan Sabha elections and to check their open support to the political parties in these elections. The Himachal University has various cells of teachers who openly supports and provide academic and intellectual inputs to their parent parties. The political parties also have a big role in appointments and promotions of these teachers and are often seen rewarding their supporters with choicest assignments.

The university authorities have blamed the student organisations for vitiating the academic atmosphere in the institutions and for physically fighting amongst themselves. But the student organisations do not ascribe to this thesis and claim that since they are questioning the high-headedness and day to day decisions of the authorities, therefore this ban is coming. “There are numerous cases of violence during all types of elections in a democratic society but we need to check the violence and not ban the elections itself”, said the majority student leaders, while pledging to oppose the VC’s decision tooth and nail after the formal declaration of a ban.

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