They are democratic at heart and dynamic on the outside. They are beacons of hope for a utopian Youngistan. They can bring change and inspire others to do the same. Meet the Election Commissionís campus ambassadors in Jharkhand.
The cabinet department ó the state monitor for EC ó recently released names of 150-odd poll envoys who have been trained to generate awareness among eligible voters. This bunch of energetic boys and girls is not only pep-talking their college mates on democratic rights, but is helping other students enrol their names on the voter list in the run-up to the general elections next month.
The Telegraph speaks to a few campus ambassadors on their roles and responsibilities
I have friends who actively participate in informal debates on what is right or wrong with our society, but these very people refrain from casting their votes and having a say in how our nation must be run. From March 14, I have decided to organise sessions on the need to exercise our franchise
Abhijeet Kumar Jha,MA final year, St Xavierís College, Ranchi
Yesterday (Saturday), I held a voter awareness campaign at Jamshedpur Co-operative College, which coincided with International Womenís Day. I have prepared a schedule to meet students in person to find out whether they have enrolled themselves on the voter list
Alok Kumar,M.Com second year, Jamshedpur Workerís College
My target is to motivate every friend and student of my college to cast their precious votes. It is a pledge for change that we all need to take. Indian democracy is one of the biggest festivals. Letís celebrate it together. The right to vote is power and youth power can usher in a new India
Ankit Sharma,MBA second semester, Marwari College, Ranchi
So far, I have helped 40 students enrol their names. After my exams get over on March 14, I will get into total poll mode
Deepsikha Pandey,BA second year, Ranchi Womenís College
We are seven campus ambassadors in Bokaro and we will start our awareness drive from tomorrow (Monday). The EC has given us a big responsibility and we will do our best to ensure a heavy youth turnout
Upendra Pandey,BA Part I, Chas College, Bokaro,Compiled by Chhandosree