• Gujarat University’s syndicate polls in Ahmedabad
     August 7th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    The Gujarat University’s in-charge vice chancellor (VC) was gheraoed by Congress workers on Monday. The reason – controversy over syndicate elections.

    The state’s assembly elections which are scheduled to be held later this year seems to have jived up the political ambience of GU. Now, students’ organizations headed by Congress and BJP leaders are at loggerheads over whether or not to hold syndicate elections by August end.

    Caught in the political crossfire are the educationists and administrative staff of GU. Many of the senior GU officials have threatened to quit if the troubled-campus status persists any longer. Syndicate elections are due to be held by August end. “Since the Congress members started pressing for syndicate elections to be held on time, the issue has turned into a sparring match with BJP leaders taking the opposite stance.

    Before Monday’s fracas at GU campus, on Saturday too collegians had witnessed rowdy scenes outside the VC’s office. Congress workers had laid siege at the GU VC’s office to press for their demand to hold syndicate elections early. The leaders had also threatened to organize a sit in on Monday.

    On Monday, though, BJP workers beat the Congress to the campus. Senior GU-BJP leaders Amit Thakar, Girish Chaudhary, Harshad Patel led a group of party workers to the campus, sang Ramdhun and met the VC to submit a memorandum. The BJP wing demanded that student senate elections be conducted first before syndicate elections.

    Then came the Congress leaders amidst heavy police bandobast. They barged into the VC’s office and stuck posters in his office to demand for elections. They also made snide remarks about the administration and the VC. All of them camewith tiffin boxes and spend a good two hours at the office, stalling all work, offerening snacks to the VC while demonstrating before him.

    “If the GU does not announce syndicate elections by Tuesday, Congress workers will pay another visit to the campus wearing white to mourn the death of democracy in GU,” threatened Congress leaders.

    In-charge VC Mukul Shah said, “I have received recommendations of both the parties. We will take all the view points into consideration before arriving at any decision.”

    Causalities of politicking

    Ahmedabad: The first casualty to the hardnosed politicking within GU campus was in-charge registrar Baldev Patel. Patel had resigned on Saturday owing to the aggressive politicking within the university campus.

    “Pressure was built up on him by both the parties to ensure that he issues the right notification – in connection with the syndicate elections. It is the registrar who is authorized to issue notifications in this regard,” said a GU official.

    The GU administration is now making efforts to calm down Patel. “I am trying to reason with Patel to withdraw his resignation,” said incharge VC Mukul Shah.

    However, GU sources say that even Shah is quite “exasperated” over the growing political bustle within the campus. Unhappy with these developments sources said that Shah has asked several political leaders to hasten up the process for searching a new candidate for GU VC’s post which has been vacant since the retirement of Parimal Trivedi recently.

    Shah now wants the GU’s search committee to finish its hunt for a new VC at the ea

    rliest. “He wants to wash his hands off this ongoing show of political power in the campus. Shah has told several Congress leaders to ensure that the search committee completes its job at the earliest. Chairman of the search committee is a Congress leader,” said GU sources.

    Though Shah has held several political portfolios in his career – like mayor of Ahmedabad and chairman of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s standing committee – he considers this short stint as the in-charge VC of GU as the toughest by far.