One of the most significant principles constituting the political system in the doctrine of the
totalitarian country functioning in Poland after 1944 was the principle of a managerial role of the
communist party. It claimed that the working class could effectively lead a battle for power and
only by means of the communist party it can combine with other non-proletarian groups of work
people and attracted them.
The role of the party understood in such a way was to constitute its managerial character in a
social and thus academic life. This is the way the influence of the functionaries of the communist
party on the creation of the university should be explained. Its role was not limited to the act of
creation. According to the binding doctrine, each public institution should function in accordance
with the structure of the managerial power o f the country.
The very role was most visible when shaping the personal politics. As early as at the stage of
the plans of creating the university, the decisions were made by the suitable party authorities: It is required not to choose the new authorities of the university in WSP, leaving the existing authorities
till the elections in October 1968 in the University of Silesia. The president was also appointed
by the Executive of KW PZPR: The citizen Kazimierz Popiołek is to be exempted from the position
of a head of The Silesian Science Institute in Katowice and appointed to the position of the
president of the University of Silesia in Katowice.
The status quo at the level of the university was broken only after the creation of the NSZZ
Solidarność and the development of these principles which guaranteed a gradual introduction of
mechanisms of the autonomy of a higher school to the practice of the functioning of the University