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Saturday , April 5 , 2014
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Students rock the vote
- NSS volunteers use posters, skits to spread the word

College students have stepped in enthusiastically to spread the good word about the importance of voting, an issue that the local administration has been rooting for.

National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers of various Jamshedpur colleges organised several programmes and held innovative campaigns to kick-off a voter awareness drive on Friday under the aegis of the election commission’s SVEEP (Systematic Voter's Education and Electoral Participation).

Students of Jamshedpur Women’s College, Karim City College, LBSM College organised human chains outside their campuses holding posters and raising slogans on the right to franchise and the importance of voting.

“The campaign will continue till April 16. NSS members of various colleges are acting on the request made through letters sent by the district administration,” said Vinod Kumar, a teacher at LBSM College.

“On the first day on Friday, we formed a human chain outside the campus to let the people of Karandih and passersby know about what we were doing. We are also planning to visit nearby areas and spread        the message,” he added.

Students of Karim City College at Sakchi and Jamshedpur Women’s College at Bistupur also carried posters with slogans like, “Mera vote, mera adhikar”, “Meri shakti, mera Bharat”, “Loktantra humse, vote karein garv se” and “Yuva shakti hum hain, hamara vote banayega hamara bhavishya”.

Yahiya Ibrahim, a faculty member of Karim City College, said they were also planning to stage street plays in neighbourhoods.

“Intermediate evaluations are on, but we will manage somehow,” he said, adding that students would decide on skits and present them at street corners.

“We also held a short meeting in college to plan the awareness campaign. Since we have so many voters in college, the awareness campaign will also sensitise them and their families,” Ibrahim said.