Ravenshaw varsity polls scrapped

Cuttack: Keeping in view the disturbing trends being witnessed on the campus of Ravenshaw University of late, the authorities on Friday decided to keep this year’s students’ union poll process at abeyance.
“We have decided to stay out of the poll process this year due to frequent students’ violence. Besides, the campus atmosphere is not conducive for election,” said university vice-chancellor B C Tripathy.
The Friday decision came a week after the university witnessed tense moments when some agitating students misbehaved with some teachers on last Friday, prompting the authorities to take a call on campus electioneering.
With this the varsity has joined with two institutions which have too decided to do away with the polls this year.
While authorities of Utkal University have declared not to hold students' election for the second consecutive year citing unrest on the campus, Maharishi College of Natural Law in the state capital too has decided to cancel election this year.
Other campuses in the state capital, including BJB (Autonomous) College and RD Women's College, Rajdhani College, Kamla Nehru College and City Women's College, among others, are already agog with pre-poll activities with aspirants putting up banners and continuing their programmes with prospective voters.  
Last Saturday, the state government announced that student union elections in colleges would be held on October 8. It said, the poll process will start with formal notification on September 28.