Polling time is result day for students’ bid to increase turnout

Educational institutes in the city are going all out to spread awareness about the importance of voting.

Written by Samarpita Banerjee | Pune | Published:February 16, 2012 4:20 am

Educational institutes in the city are going all out to spread awareness about the importance of voting. Many college students are spreading the word through street plays and songs which talk about the importance of voting. Others are taking out rallies and helping students get their voter I-cards to ensure that more and more youth cast their vote.

The department of National Service Scheme (NSS) organised a rally which saw the participation of close to 2,000 students. “Since the campaigning is over now,we thought today was the best day to go out for our rally. We started from Shaniwar Wada and covered places like Jungli Maharaj Road and Alka Chowk. Our basic aim was to spread the message about importance of elections. We carried posters with us. Around 100 blind students also took part in the rally,” said NSS programme co-ordinator Shakera Inamdar.

A group of 18 students from Nowrosjee Wadia College have been performing on a song written by Professor Jayant Salve from their college. “We did almost 25 shows in 10 days where we performed on the song in areas such as Mandai,Gokhale Nagar,Viman Nagar and Pune station. We also acted in a street play where we were accompanied by two instrumentalists playing a harmonium and dhol,” said student Piyush Telang.

Madhavi Gavande,student of SNDT College,was also part of a group that organised street plays in slums near Tadiwala Road,Parvati and BT Kawade Road. “Street plays are one of the most effective mediums for spreading the message because they are interactive. It becomes easier for everyone to understand. The plays have been a grand success,” said Gavande.

Also,colleges like Fergusson College and Marathwada Mitra Mandal’s Commerce College ensured that more and more students cast their vote by getting them their voter i-cards. “We got some 30 students to register for their voter cards. We are trying to inspire as many students as we can to cast their vote,” said MD Lawrence,principal,MMCC.

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