Published: 04th July 2019
Alma mater to India's statesmen, Allahabad University's 96-year-old student union dissolved
The students have been protesting the decision for a while now but the University invoked the Lyngdoh committee to argue their decision
One of the oldest campuses to harbour student politics will no longer have a Student Union. Allahabad University has dissolved the Student Union and replaced it with a students' council which will not be directly elected. The students will now have to elect a class representative, who will then elect the members of the students' council.
Allahabad University is the place that three former prime ministers of the country and a former president found their love for politics — Guzlarilal Nanda, V P Singh and Chandrashekhar and former president Shankar Dayal Sharma.
The students have been protesting the decision for a while now but the University invoked the Lyngdoh Committee to argue their decision to disband the 96-year-old Union. According to the Lyngdoh committee recommends that student union elections get rid of money and muscle power in elections. The University said that the committee also recommends student union elections in smaller campuses with fewer students.
The students are protesting the move claiming that this is a violation of their constitutional rights.
The current general secretary of the student union told Newsclick — "Today is a black day in the history of Allahabad University. We will continue our fight. We will go to the Ministry of Human Resource Development if we have to."