Student union polls likely in MP after 15 years

Bhopal, Aug 30 (IANS) After a gap of over 15 years, Madhya Pradesh is likely to witness student union polls in September-October. The Kamal Nath-led state government is keen to hold the polls in around 1,300 universities across the state.

The state Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari confirmed this and said that the state government was in favour of students directly electing their representatives.

"The elections might take place in September-October and the government will ensure that the polls are conducted peacefully," he said.

The student union polls were discontinued in Madhya Pradesh in 2003 by the then Bharatiya Janata Party-led government. However, it allowed indirect ways of holding the elections till 2006. The students could chose thier leaders in the class and the class representatives had to elect the leaders for the student bodies.

But this was also discontinued following the death of Professor H.S. Sabharwal during the elections in 2006.

Sabharwal (59), head of the department of Political Science at Madhav College in Ujjain, was attacked by a mob of 25-30 students on August 26, 2006 at the college premises after he cancelled the students' council elections. He died at the hospital the next day.

--IANS

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