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Students gear up for polling day, start awareness camp

With Lok Sabha elections due on April 10, students from various universities in and around Gurgaon have taken the responsibility to spread the message about the importance of voting.

punjab Updated: Apr 05, 2014 12:28 IST
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With Lok Sabha elections due on April 10, students from various universities in and around Gurgaon have taken the responsibility to spread the message about the importance of voting.

Private universities and students have joined hands to start this awareness campaign.

Institute of Technology and Management (ITM) recently conducted an election awareness campaign which went beyond their campus premises.

“This campaign was initiated after a meeting with Gurgaon’s additional deputy commissioner, Pushpender Singh Chauhan. Students and professors from other colleges around the area attended the meeting and discussed how voting awareness can be spread. We took this campus initiative to nearby areas and ran a successful signature campaign where the public pledged to vote,” said Vineet Gupta, student ambassador appointed by Institute of Technology and Management (ITM).

The maximum number of young voters between the age group of 18 and 19 years in Haryana belong to the Gurgaon constituency.

There are 3,49,452 first time voters in the state out of which 47,161 belong to Gurgaon.

Amity University holds frequent interactions with the students asking them to exercise their right to vote. Posters have been put up in the campus and hostel premises to remind students about the upcoming elections.

“Initiatives adopted by the university will help in increasing the voter turnout, considering that the response of the students was positive,” said RC Sharma, vice chancellor, Amity University.

Ansal University has appointed a faculty member, DS Parihar, as the campus ambassador who helped the students in getting their voters ID cards and ensured that their names are on the voting list.

“Students are keen to know about the background of the contesting candidates. It is important to educate the students and make them understand the power of voting,” added CS Nagpal, vice chancellor, Ansal University.

The universities have acknowledged the work done by the district administration to raise the issue about importance of voting.

“We have been working to increase the voter turnout since last year. We have requested the universities to give out voter registration forms while enrolling the students so that their voter ID cards can be generated. Tapping the urban voters has also been a challenge but the enthusiasm among the young voters can result in an increased voter turnout in the Gurgaon constituency,” added Vivek Kalia, sub-divisional magistrate, Gurgaon (South).