• High drama in GU over syndicate polls in Ahmedabad
     August 6th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    The vice-chancellor’s office in Gujarat University (GU) turned into a virtual political battlefield as Congress and BJP leaders came face to face over the issue of a public notification announcing syndicate elections. Acting vice chancellor, Dr Mukul Shah, apprehending a threat protected himself with two bouncers even as he faced heat in the presence of over teams of policemen who reported for duty at the campus.

    The drama at the campus began as Congress and National Students Union of India (NSUI) leaders confronted the acting VC over why he hadn’t issue a notification announcing syndicate elections.

    When Dr Shah said the Congress should ask their member, who is heading the VC search committee to find a new VC to expedite the search, Congress leader and syndicate member Narhari Amin said that there was no need to wait for the new VC to resolve the syndicate elections issue.

    “Former VC Parimal Trivedi has issued the directives. The acting VC only needs to issue a notification,” Amin said. Congress leaders alleged that the VC’s office is deliberately dragging its feet on the elections issue as it fears that the BJP will lose its hold on GU if elections are held.

    Meanwhile, acting registrar Baldev Patel submitted his resignation, saying he is being accused of non-action.

    Over 50 policemen were called to the GU premises early on Saturday morning, fearing trouble over the issue. Two bouncers accompanying Dr Mukul Shah invited hoots and sloganeering from the leaders. The musclemen were later seen relaxing in the VC’s ante-chamber.