The model code of conduct for the student elections in various universities across Rajasthan has been put into effect from 22nd August 2018, two days after the timetable for the same was put up. The said code of conduct prohibits any student leader (and union) to campaign in the campus by making use of posters, banners, loudspeakers, and rallies. Door-to-door campaigning, however, has been exempted and will continue. The voting for the elections is set to take place on 31st August while September 11 has been chosen as the date for result declaration.
The student elections being deemed to be extremely important as the results invariably reflect the mindset of the voters and hence will have a telling consequence in the State Assembly elections set to take place later this year. Therefore, these have aroused a keen interest from both the parties involved - the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Both the parties have been organizing large-scale rallies in the university campus over the past few days. Sarina Kalia, dean, Student Welfare, has said that the university administration will keep a tight check on the activities of the students in the campus as they are now just allowed to talk to the students to get votes.
“If any violation be done, then strict action will be taken but some students will still try to create some ruckus. All other information regarding the election will be announced later on,” said Kalia. Presently, there are an estimated 25,000 voters belonging to the Rajasthan University (RU), who would be voting in the elections taking place on 31st August across all universities in the state save Jodhpur, where the elections will be held on 10th September.
In order to become a student leader, the student must not be more than 25 years of age. Also, he/she is required to be either a post-graduation student or a final year one. Professor V V Singh, who is the Dean of the faculty of Social Science, has been entrusted with the job of the Chief Election Commissioner for the university.