PU Syndicate election held

Union railways minister and local Member of Parliament Pawan Kumar Bansal and Punjab State Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka came all the way to cast their votes in the Panjab University Syndicate elections, held here on Sunday.

For the first time the GK Chatrath group failed to register any victory in the Syndicate. It is learnt that Bansal came in to support G K Chatrath and Maluka backed Satya Pal Jain.

Barring the Law Faculty, member of other faculties got elected unanimously. Satya Pal Jain of BJP, after defeating GK Chatrath of Congress, won the election for the Law Faculty. Dr Tarlok Bandhu was the second member to get elected from the same faculty by defeating Mukesh Arora.

"In the first round I got 19 votes, Chatrath and Bandhu got 18 votes each and Arora got 13 votes. In the second round Chatrath got 14 votes and Bandhu managed 16 votes," said Jain.

He further added, "Chatrath is defeated after such a long time. I am surprised that Bansal came to support him despite holding a portfolio as weighty as Railways Minister".

Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, G K Chatrath said, "I have lost a battle not the war. I had been in the Syndicate for over 34 years."

From the Arts Faculty Dr R P S Josh, Dr Dinesh Talwar and Dr Satish Kumar won the elections and have been elected to PU Syndicate for one year. Similarly from the Science faculty Dr I S Sandhu, Dr Dalbir Singh Dhillon and Prof Naval Kishore won the elections.

Prof Shelley Walia, and Harpreet Singh Dua won from the Faculty of Languages. From combined faculty Ashok Goyal, R S Jhanji and Jagwant Singh secured positions in the Syndicate whereas from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof Keshav Malhotra and Dr Nandita Singh tasted victory.

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