ABVP, allies sweep Panjab University pollsSeptember 12th, 2008 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Sep 12 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and its allies Friday swept the Panjab University Campus Students’ Union (PUCSU) elections. ABVP, along with its allies Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) and the Haryana Student Association (HSA), secured the top four posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary in the Panjab University (PU) in the elections polling to which was held earlier Friday.
Sahil Nanda of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) department won the presidential post with 2718 votes.
Parul Chaudhary won the vice-president post with 2569 votes. She is a student of the Political Science department, PU.
Prashant Sharma from Law department, PU won the general secretary post with 2351 votes. The post of joint secretary went to Deepak Thakur, from the department of University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS). He secured 3090 votes.
Major groups contesting Panjab University Campus Students’ Union (PUCSU) elections were, Panjab University Students Union (PUSU), SOPU, ABVP, HSA, Indian National Student Organisation (INSO), Student organization of India (SOI) and National Student Union of India (NSUI).
This year no students’ organization was contesting the elections all by itself and all parties had formed alliances.
The major alliances are of SOPU-ABVP-HSA, INSO-SOI and PUSU-NSUI.
Around 9000 students study at the PU campus in Chandigarh that has spread over 550 acres in Sector 14 and Sector 25 in Chandigarh. The university has around 60 teaching and research departments and over 170 colleges are affiliated to it.
Panjab University is one of the oldest universities in India, being established in 1882 at Lahore. In 1956, PU was relocated at Chandigarh.