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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running5
Available position1
Total ballots49
Valid votes49
Invalid votes0


Round Hetal Barai Chinmay Monga Tejo Bonthu Pratham Upadhyay RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 10.00 16.00 5.00 18.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 24.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 24.50. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 16.00 28.00 5.00 6.00 22.00
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Hetal Barai, Tejo Bonthu, and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 22.00. Candidate Pratham Upadhyay has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Pratham Upadhyay.

Number of vacancies: 1


Tejo Bonthu
The thing I’m most proud about is my religion… and how well I make chilli paneer. In all seriousness though we have one of the most beautiful and vibrant religions in the world and it should be celebrated in any way we can which is why I believe the religious officer is a very important role. The most exciting thing about it for me is the sense of community with other Hindus who share the same morals and values as one another. Making up for lost time is top of the list for me which is why I will be extremely committed and passionate for your year to go how you planned. By celebrating festivals together we can make UCL feel like a second home which is why I intend to arrange as many as possible. This includes carrying on the London wide famous events we already have such as Rangeela. We could also use the reputation we have for the best events in London and host a Holi event including surrounding universities. This gives you a chance to widen the community and as religious officer I think that’s the most important thing you can do.
Pratham Upadhyay
I’m a first-year medic and believe I am a great fit for this role. Mainly, it is due to the fact that I have so much relevant experience. I have run a Hindu Youth club for the last 3 years and also attended a religious Sunday school for the last 15 years. Through these I have developed a deep understanding and enthusiasm for our religion. I would love to be a part of such a big society and help it grow. My outgoing nature will help me get freshers and other students involved; and try and ignite an enthusiasm for Hinduism within them. I have led many sessions as part of the Hindu youth club - Through quality and character studies; debates and games, we have tried to awaken a sense of spirituality within ourselves. Even though I am one of the younger members of the club, I already have many responsibilities linked to organising and marketing events e.g., yearly street play, Geeta speech competition and dances; meaning I can also assist the other committee members with their roles. I am a huge fan of the current society events, but also have many new ideas e.g., having sessions on the Geeta with speakers coming in from mandirs. I am also well equipped for the interfaith aspect of this role. I have grown up around the influence of many cultures and also ran a Hindu-Soc at school, where we had joint events with the Islamic society. I hope to replicate the same here with with different societies; to try and make next years’ experience as enjoyable as possible.
Hetal Barai
As your Religious and Interfaith Officer, I’ll add unique contributions in three main areas: regular culture/seva days, monthly talks/debates, and organising religious events. Culture days are a great way for us to explore our diverse society and workshops with other societies can be incorporated, such as Yoga society. Having experienced different cultures when working with local schools across India, I am keen to celebrate all areas of the society. Seva is a major part of our faith and we can have a really meaningful impact by supporting local temples, where I am a regular volunteer. I have organised a variety of charity events, recently supporting Akshay Patra, and am eager to share my ideas with the committee. I also believe that regular talks and debates are an opportunity to engage with our joint beliefs and explore new ideas. I have many guest speakers in mind, such as the Urban Monk, who can provide different insights into our faith. Having helped run weekly assemblies and talks on Hinduism, I know how eye-opening these can be. I have also already organised multiple inter-uni events through my role of Collaborations Officer for Knitting Soc this year and ran monthly socials for a major consultancy firm last year so I truly understand how to work together to run a successful event. Finally, from Garba to Holi, I have lots of ideas ideas to add new religious elements to our celebrations and will to use everyone's suggestions to produce events that we love.
Chinmay Monga
Being an active member of Hindu Society during my first year so far has been a big part of my time here. Despite the pandemic restrictions, I’ve been able to meet new people at UCL and other London universities. This is something I hope to facilitate as Religious Officer next year by using religion to bring us together as a community.

As Religious Officer, I plan to put us more in touch with our culture and heritage through activities such as Seva at Mandirs and Pujas in order to give back to the community. This would be alongside Hsoc’s more social flagship events to be as inclusive as possible to everyone. Another way I would like to make us a closer community is through Hindi classes, and as a sociable person I would make all these activities more casual to keep up with Hsoc’s family vibe.