Panjab University Campus Students Council

Student Centre, Panjab University

Panjab University Campus Students Council or PUCSC is Students' union consisting of the departmental representatives and other office bearers like President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint-Secretary along with 123 Departmental Representatives (DRs)[1][2] directly elected by the students from the various teaching departments on the Panjab University, Chandigarh campus.[3][4] Further, these elected office-bearers and department representatives elect the remaining five members of the executive of the Council.[5] The Dean Student Welfare is ex officio Chairman of the Council. Elections are held every year in August–September months.[6] There is ban on property defacement for clean elections.[7]

Student RepresentationEdit

Panjab University has over 60% female students[8] but only 15-20% of girl students vote or participate in election process,[9] and until 2018, the Council president’s post was never headed by a girl in the history of the university elections.[10][11] Thus PUCSC politics are mostly dominated by male students.[12] As of 2018, PU has about 15541 student voters with UIET having the most voters, about 2451 students followed by UILS with 1345 and Department of Laws with 1050.[13] But sometimes UIET and Law Dept. get less representation in Election panels.[14] Freebies are offered by Student organisations to lure students especially freshers by movie tickets, free meals, Disc Parties, free trips, etc.[15][16] Parties have to overcome regional and language barriers of students as the university has students from different parts of India.[17] In 2015, along with student council elections, PU authorities also conducted a referendum to decide whether campus should be made a vehicle-free zone or not.[18] In 2015, there was only a 56% turnout with 8,131 voters out of total 14,000 voted.[19] In 2016, NOTA was introduced first time in campus elections and was used by 6 to 9 percent of students.[20]

BudgetEdit

In the academic year 2018-19, PUCSC's budget was 35.8 lakh (US$50,000).[21]

Elections in Affiliated CollegesEdit

Elections are also held in Colleges only in Chandigarh that are affiliated to Panjab University[22] and these are:

  • GGDSD College, Sector 32, Chandigarh
  • MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36-A, Chandigarh
  • DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh
  • Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Women, Sector 26
  • Sri Guru Gobind Singh College, Sector 26
  • Dev Samaj College for Women, Sector 45
  • Post Graduate Government College, Sector 11
  • Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42
  • Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11
  • Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46
  • Government College for Commerce and Business Administration, Sector 50

Student IssuesEdit

There are many issues that is a responsibility of Council to solve.

  • Women's Safety[23][24]
  • Vehicle (four-wheeler) Free Campus[25]
  • Placements[26]
  • Stray Dogs and Monkeys on campus leading to rabid bites[27][28][29]
  • University Fees hike[30]
  • New Hostels[31][32]
  • 24-hour hostel timing for girls[33][34]
  • Central University Status[35]
  • Regarding Foreign students, as sometimes these students face problems.[36]
  • Implementation of reservation in Panjab University Senate and Syndicate[37]

Council PresidentsEdit

Since 1977, the Council was usually represented by students leaders of campus-based parties like SOPU (Student Organisation of Panjab University) and PUSU (Panjab University Student's Union). But in 2013, first time Congress-affiliated NSUI won the Council President's post.[38] In 2015, as another surprise, first-time PUCSC president from Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal)'s student wing SOI was elected.[39] In 2016, Amritpal Singh, first SC[40] presidential candidate in PU from Students For Society (SFS) gave an impressive performance with 2494 votes[41][42] the first time in campus student politics[43][44] due to its successful rallies.[45] In 2018 Kanupriya was elected as first woman president of PUCSC, in the history of Panjab University, from SFS.[46][47]

Presidents of PUCSCEdit

President Student Organization Duration First Runner-up Student Organization
Chetan Chaudhary[48] SOI-PUSU 2019–2020 Paras Rattan ABVP-INSO
Kanupriya[49][50] SFS[51] 2018–2019 Ashish Rana[52] ABVP-SFPU[53]
Jashan kamboj NSUI-GGSU[54] 2017–2018 Hassanpreet Kaur SFS
Nishant Kaushal[55] PUSU-NSO 2016-2017 Piyush Anand SOI-ABVP-INSO
Jasmeen Kang SOI-NSO 2015–2016 Baljinder Singh PUSU-ABVP
Divyanshu Budhiraja NSUI-NSO 2014–2015 Rachit Duggal SOPU-SOI
Chandan Rana NSUI 2013-2014 Satwant Singh PUSU-NSO-ABVP-INSO
Satinder Singh Satti SOPU-HSA-NSO 2012–2013 Abhinav Puri PUSU-NSUI
Pushpinder Sharma SOPU 2011–2012 Sumit Goklaney PUSU
Gurvindervir Singh Aulakh PUSU-INSO 2010–2011 Mohit Taneja SOPU-ABVP

Notable Student OrganisationsEdit

In 1974, Ajaib Singh founded Progressive Students’ Union (PSU) as in 1977 first elected president was Bhupinderpal Singh Khosa. PUSU was formed in 1977 and SOPU in 1985[56] while NSUI first contested at PU Campus in 1997 and ABVP won an office-bearer post in 2000.[57] Different Organisations take part in Activities and compaigning.[58]

Non political OrganisationsEdit

Political OrganisationsEdit

These student organisations participate in PUCSC elections:

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