STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Chief Electoral Officer, (CEO) Union Territories of J&K, and Ladakh Shailendra Kumar on Friday launched the campaign to rope in the private educational institutions in electoral awareness by encouraging the management to establish Electoral Literacy Clubs on the pattern of government schools-comprising students of secondary and higher secondary classes-termed as the future voters. The first ELC was established in the Lawrence Public School Panjthirthi at its Annual Day function, where the CEO was the Chief Guest and Mission Director, NHM, J&K, Bhupinder Singh was the Guest of Honour. In his address, Shailendra Kumar highlighted the aim of ELC and said that the establishment of these electoral literacy clubs has already been started in government schools across UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as per the Election Commission of India (ECI) guidelines. He said henceforth the private schools will also be involved in the campaign. “There are 4,300 High and Higher Secondary Schools, including 1,779 in private sector in the UTs of J&K and Ladakh. So far, we have established 654 ELCs in government institutions, while in private educational institution we are establishing the ELC for the first time, he added. Earlier, the programme started with the lighting of the traditional lamp by the Chief Guest Shailendra Kumar, Guest of Honour, Bhupinder Kumar, S.P Verma, in the presence of Chairman Lawrence Public School Wg Cdr M. M Joshi. Pushpa Devi, mother of Advisor to Lt. Governor K.K Sharma was honoured by the Chairman Lawrence Public School, Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour. A scintillating and educative programme was presented by the students of the school. A special tribute was paid to the Founder Principal Shakuntla Joshi and a documentary on her life time achievements was showcased in a beautiful manner. Shakuntla Joshi, student of the year award and Shakuntla Joshi Teacher of the year award, were also announced on the occasion. The vote of thanks was presented by Manish Joshi, Managing Director Lawrence Public School.
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