The Telegraph
Saturday , April 12 , 2014
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NSS drive on campus
- From student rally to reel prod, residents urged to exercise their franchise & send right candidate to Parliament

They may be democratic at heart, but often shy away from the biggest exercise of democracy. However, students of St Xavier’s College, Ranchi, may embrace change after Friday.

The NSS wing of the cradle organised an awareness programme to make students, many of whom will exercise their adult franchise for the first time, aware of the power of every single vote. Teachers spoke at length on why one should vote and how the youth could change the system.

The awareness programme was hosted at a time when Ranchi is gearing up for its voting day. The parliamentary hot seat goes to polls on April 17. As many as 28 candidates are in the fray.

Vyavastha badalne ke liye vote ki chot mein badi takat hai. Isliye pehle matdan phir jalpan. (There is enormous strength in a single vote. So, first cast your vote, then eat your breakfast),” said NSS in-charge and Hindi professor Kamal Kumar Bose.

Principal Nicholas Tete supported him, adding that participating in the election was a must. “We should vote without any bias. Exercising your franchise gives a feeling of belonging,” he added.

Besides Bose and principal Tete, vice-principal Father Nabor Lakra, dean (students welfare) Jayant Sinha and others attended the programme. Later, a rally was taken out from the campus. Around 250 NSS volunteers participated.

The programme left its impact on many. “I must vote this time. It is indeed very important to bring a positive change in the country,” said Saroj Singh, a Hindi postgraduate student.

IT student Mrityunjay Kumar was enthusiastic too. “I will not just cast my own vote, but will also ensure that all my family members and friends do so,” he said.

A similar programme was also held at Nirmala College on Friday.