Syndicate polls: Chatrath-Jain-DAV group wins 8 seats

Elections to the Panjab University Syndicate on Monday witnessed a close fight between the Chatrath-Jain-DAV group and Ashok Goyal group with the former steering ahead with one seat. While the Chatrath group had joined hands with the Jain and DAV group, the Goyal camp fought the elections on its own.

Voting took place in the faculty of arts, sciences and combined courses while the members were unanimously elected in the faculty of languages and medical sciences, where no voting took place.

Dr Dalip Kumar, Dr Dinesh Talwar and Dr Puneet Bedi were elected from the Faculty of Sciences while Dr B C Josan, Jagpal Singh and Dr Preeti Mahajan won as members of the Faculty of Arts. From the Faculty of Law, G K Chatrath and Sandeep Kumar emerged victorious along with Dr Gurdeep Kumar Sharma, Professor Karamjeet and Dr Preet Mohinder Pal Singh from the combined faculty.

Ashok Goyal, Dr Hardiljit Singh Gosal and Professor Bhupinder Singh Bhoop and Professor S K Sharma were elected unopposed in the Faculty of Languages and Faculty of Medical Sciences respectively.

After clinching eight seats along with Jain and DAV group, PU fellow Chatrath, who is also among the senior-most members of the Senate, said, "The results indicate the will of the members that they wanted a change. We have managed to bring the score from zero in the last elections to five seats this year."

"We will be polite and co-operate with all the fellows, and take decisions in the best interest of the varsity," he added.

Professor Karamjeet Singh from the University Business School won by the highest margin of 15 votes in the combined faculty while the closest fight was also witnessed in the combined faculty between Dr Preet Mohinder Pal Singh and Naresh Gaur.

However, the members of the Goyal group held that numbers were insignificant as the elected members of their side had the ability to articulate issues in the House. "Three groups had to come together to beat one group, which has always fared far better in elections, " said Goyal.

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