Shiv Nadar School Introduces India’s first ever ‘Electoral Literacy Club’
Noida, Uttar Pradesh, May 19, 2017: Taking another leap in its efforts towards excellence in the field of education, Shiv Nadar School, a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 education, announced the launch of the first ever Electoral Literacy Club in the country. The club will cater to students (future voters) in the age group of 15 to 17 years, and will educate them with the nuances of the electoral system in order to help them become responsible citizens. Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr. Nasim Zaidi who is also a founding member of this landmark initiative was present at the occasion to inaugurate the club. He also unveiled the “sculpture of democracy” which was created by the school as the symbol of the club.
The club is a result of CEC’s unique programme called ‘Interactive School Engagement’ under which the poll panel officials visited more than 4000 urban and rural schools, to create awareness on the institution of Democracy. The structure of the club includes junior and senior level students comprising 10 to 12 members. It will aim to educate and increase awareness amongst youngsters on constitutional responsibilities, governmental structures and electoral policies of the country.
On the occasion of inaugurating the Electoral Literacy Club at the School, Dr Nazim Zaidi expressed, “Shiv Nadar School is the first ever school with an Electoral Literacy Club. With this initiative, we want to create a complete framework and generate interest among young children of both junior and senior school who are the future voters of our country. It’s extremely important for the students to be informed about the facets of participation and make them understand how each vote counts.”
Col. (Retd) Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar School said, “In this day and age of data overload, it is extremely important to provide the right kind of information to educate the future of our country in the most responsible manner. Factual knowledge about politics and the electoral system is a critical component of citizenship and this should be of precedence at a school level. We, at Shiv Nadar School, feel delighted to be the first school to launch the Electoral Literacy Club in the country.”
Along with the launch of the club, the school also hosted its Investiture Ceremony. Leena Aparajit, Executive Director, Shiv Nadar was the chief host of the ceremony who conferred the badge of office upon the Council and Shashi Banerjee, Principal, Shiv Nadar School Noida led the Council to administer the oath. Hon’ble Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr. Nasim Zaidi also unveiled the Constitution of the Student Council which stated the democratic code of ethics which will be followed by the students of the Shiv Nadar School.
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About Shiv Nadar School
The Shiv Nadar School is a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education to deliver educational excellence and provide education for life. With three schools in the NCR, The Shiv Nadar School provides students an environment that challenges them into discovering their talent and skills, with an aim to nurture ethical, respectful, happy and purposeful citizens of society. Over 3000 students and their parents, along with a team of 450 educators, are a part of the Shiv Nadar School family.
About Shiv Nadar Foundation
The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $7 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the process of national development and social transformation by establishing institutions and undertaking new initiatives in the fields of education and culture. The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide through philanthropy based transformational education.
The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multidisciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.
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