Electoral Commission of India (ECI) is chalking out plans to introduce Electoral education in Schools and Colleges. Teaching these electoral practices will provide a boost in the number of voters of the nation.
The reports say that the National level committee is being formed by the ECI and this committee will chalk out the syllabus for the subject and will also work on the implementation techniques. A state committee for each of the states will also be formed. This committee will have a say by suggesting inputs on what the syllabus should include accordingly. A syllabus will be prepared by central committee, which will be included in civic and social studies subjects, both in the SSC and Intermediate level in Telangana also.
"A committee has been formed for the purpose and it will submit its report within three months. The chief electoral officer will be the chairman and the members will include principal secretary to the government, director of school education; secretary, the board of intermediate education; director, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and academics and experts selected by SCERT. The ECI has given specific directions on what the state-level committee should do. The committee, apart from reviewing the existing curriculum material in civics/social studies, will suggest a methodology to be adopted in the state to disseminate electoral literacy in educational institutions and also in the informal education sector. Suggestions will also have to be sent to the national-level committee. The introduction of 'electoral literary curriculum' is part of the ECI's programme called Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP)." a senior official told a news daily.
This step is taken in order to increase the awareness about using an electoral machine and in turn increasing the number of voters of the country.
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