Kolkata, Dec 23: Calcutta University announced college union election dates on Thursday. Following a meeting with stake holders, the final dates for the much-delayed were decided. The meeting was attened by representatives of four districts – Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly and South 24 Parganas. As per reports, state higher education department, Calcutta University has instructed colleges to ensure that the union polls end by January 31.
The district has around 20 colleges, of which colleges in Howarah will hold the elections on January 19. The students’ union elections in 65 colleges in Kolkata will be held from January 27 to 31.
There are 9 Calcutta University-affiliated colleges in Hooghly district and 39 colleges in the district of South 24 Parganas. As per a Times of India report, elections to students unions of these colleges in two districts will be held on January 31. For the upcoming students’ union elections, the authorities of Calcutta University have asked respective college authorities to decide if to start online submission of nomination forms.
TOI quoted inspector of colleges (IoC), Debashis Biswas saying, “We will specify the dates for each college in Kolkata by early next week. Colleges which operate on multiple shifts will have more than one election dates. Colleges will be divided into different zones after discussing with the local administration and police.”
A Calcutta University official told TOI, “University has no central rule defining union elections. So, colleges will take a call on dates to file nominations or to whether to withdraw nominations to hold the union polls.”