Indore : State universities in Madhya Pradesh including DAVV face contempt as they despite the Supreme Court’s order did not implement the Lyngdoh committee recommendations on student union elections, thanks to the State Government that did not permit the varsities to hold the polls.

The right to permit student union elections in universities and colleges in the State lies with the State Government. Since it did not give permission to the universities, no polls were held for formation of student union councils. Now, a sudden missive from the UGC has left the DAVV stunned.

The letter, marked as urgent by the UGC, seeks DAVV’s reply on the Supreme Court’s order dated 22-9-2006 wherein the court had directed that recommendations of the Lyngdoh committee be implemented and followed in all colleges and universities.

The UGC sought to know from the DAVV action taken by it in the regard as guidelines for the elections were circulated by it through a missive on November 15, 2007. DAVV Dean Student Welfare Rajeev Dixit said that they would inform the UGC that the State Government and not the universities in MP decides on student union elections.

The Lyngdoh committee recommendations issued by the UGC in 2007 states that student union elections should be conducted in direct, indirect moves or a hybrid of both over a period of five years.

“Where the atmosphere of the university campus is adverse to conduct peaceful, free and fair elections, the university, its constituent colleges and departments must initiate a system of student representations based on nominations, especially where elections are being held at present. It would be advisable, however, not to base such nomination system on purely academic merit as is being practiced through out the country.

“In cases where elections are not being held, or where the nominations model prevails, the nomination model should be allowed to continue for a limited period of time… all institutions must, over a period of five years, convert from the nomination model to a structured election model, that may be based on a system of parliamentary (indirect) elections, or not the presidential (direct) system or a hybrid of both. It is highly desirable that all the institutions follow the mechanism of gradual conversion, especially for privately funded institutions that prefer a status quo.” Following these recommendations, the govt held election in 2011 but for past two years no polls are conducted.

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