1. Student Elections and Student Council
The union/representative body so elected shall only comprise of regular students on the rolls of the institution. No faculty member, nor any member of the administration shall be permitted to hold any post on the executive of such representative body, nor shall be allowed to be a member of any such representative body.
2 Modes ofElections
Programme representatives shall be directly elected in each programme. These elected representatives from each programme shall form the electoral college which shall elect the office bearers of the University Student Council.
3. Disassociation of Student Elections and Student Representation from Political Parties
During the period of the elections no person, who is not a student on the rolls of the University, shall be permitted to take part in the election process in any capacity. Any person, candidate, or member of the student Organisation, violating this rule shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings, in addition to the candidature, as the case may be, being revoked.
4. Eligibility Criteria for Candidates
- Under graduate students between the ages of 17 and 22 may contest elections. This age range may be appropriately relaxed in the case of professional colleges, where courses often range between 4 to 5 years.
- For Post Graduate Students the maximum age limit to legitimately contest an election would be 24 - 25 years.
- For research Students the maximum age limit to legitimately contest an election would be 28 years.
- The candidate should have attained the minimum percentage of attendance as prescribed by the Programme / School or 75% attendance, whichever is higher.
- The candidate shall not have a previous criminal record; (s)he should not have been tried and/or convicted of any criminal offence or misdemeanor. The candidate shall also not have been subject to any disciplinary action by the University authorities.
- The candidate must be a regular, full time student of the University.
- No final year student can contest the election.
5. Election -Related Expenditure and Financial Accountability
- The maximum permitted expenditure per candidate shall be Rs. 5000/-
- Each candidate shall, within two weeks of the declaration of the result, submit complete and audited accounts to the University authorities. The University shall publish such audited accounts, within 2 days of the submission of such accounts, through a suitable medium so that any member of the student body may freely examine the same.
- The election of the candidate will be nullified in the event of any non-compliance or in the event of any excessive expenditure.
- With the view to prevent the inflow of funds from political parties into the student election process, the candidates are specially barred from utilizing funds from any other sources than voluntary contributions from the student body.
6. Code of Conduct for Candidates and Elections Administrators
- No candidate shall indulge in, nor shall abet, any activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic, or between any group(s) of students.
- Criticism of other candidates, when made, shall be confined to their policies and programs, past record and work. Candidates shall refrain from criticism of all aspects of private life, not connected with the public activities of the other candidates or supporters of such other candidates. Criticism of other candidates, or their supporters based on unverified allegations or distortion shall be avoided.
- There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Places of worship, within or without the campus shall not be used for election propaganda.
- All candidates shall be prohibited from indulging or abetting all activities which are considered to be "corrupt practices" and offences, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing or the use of propaganda within 100 metres of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 24 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.
- No candidate shall be permitted to make use of printed posters, printed pamphlets, or any other printed material for the purpose of canvassing. Candidates may only utilize hand-made posters for the purpose of canvassing, provided that such hand-made posters are procured within the expenditure limit set out herein above.
- Candidates may only utilize hand-made posters at certain places in the campus, which shall be notified in advance by the Election Committee / University authority.
- No candidate shall be permitted to carry out processions, or public meetings, or in any way canvass or distribute propaganda outside the University campus.
- No candidate shall, nor shall his/her supporters, deface or cause any destruction to any property of the University, for any purpose whatsoever, without the prior written permission of the University authorities. All candidates shall be held jointly and severally liable for any destruction / defacing of any University property.
- During the election period the candidates may hold processions and / or public meetings, provided that such processions and / or public meetings do not, in any manner, disturb the classes and other academic and co-curricular activities of the University. Further, such procession / public meeting may not be held without the prior written permission of the University authority.
- The use of loudspeakers, vehicles and animals for the purpose of canvassing is prohibited.
- On the day of polling, student organizations and candidates shall -
- co-operate with the officers on election duty to ensure peaceful and orderly polling and complete freedom to the voters to exercise their franchise without being subjected to any annoyance or obstruction;
- not serve or distribute any eatables, or other solid and liquid consumables,
- except water on polling day
- not hand out any propaganda on the polling day.
- All candidates shall be jointly responsible for ensuring the cleaning up of the polling area within 48 hours of the conclusion of polling.
- Any contravention of any of the above recommendations may make the candidate liable to be stripped of her / his candidature, or her / his elected post, as the case may be. The election committee / University authorities may also take appropriate disciplinary action against such a violator.