• Stage set for MS University students’ union polls in Vadodara
     August 22nd, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    MS UniversityM S University (MSU) campus is all set to turn into a fortress of sorts with heavy deployment of police and security in place as election of MSU Students Union (MSUSU) will be held on Wednesday.Even as seven candidates are in fray for the post of general secretary (GS) and three others for the post of vice-president (VP) of MSUSU, the stage has been set for a high pitch battle between the two main student outfits – the Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) and the National Students Union of India (NSUI).

    It is a direct poll battle between Jayesh Balai supported by the ABVP and Gautam Nayak supported by NSUI for the post of GS. Similarly the contest for the post of VP is between NSUI supported candidate – Bhumika Barot and Sai Vichare of ABVP.

    A total of 73 candidates are in fray for the 18 seats of faculty representatives (FRs). The election will begin at 10 am in faculties and colleges and continue till 2 pm. Counting of votes will be done from 3 pm onwards.

    Sources suggest that around 300 cops will be deployed across the campus to ensure that election is held peacefully.

    “This time, we have also decided that every ballot will be displayed in front of the representatives of the candidates during the counting process itself. Earlier, the ballot was shown to them only when somebody raised any objection,” MSU vice-chancellor professorYogesh Singh, who held a series of meetings to give final touches to the preparations, told TOI on Tuesday.

    In all, 34,006 students are eligible to vote during the polls for which the university has put up 79 polling booths. Counting of votes will take place at 62 booths.

    MSU for the first time has planned to give an update on the counting of votes on its website at an interval of every 30 minutes while large screens have been put up at the MSUSU pavilion ground for students to know the election results.

    Apart from faculty-wise observation committees, members of the central committee formed by the university will be on election duty.

    On the eve of election, ‘netas’ were busy forming strategies to win over votes of students at last moment. Apart from MSUSU election, elections for the post of faculty general secretary in major faculties will be also held on Wednesday.