Delhi private schools asked to arrange for students’ visit to election museum

Private schools of the National Capital have been issued directives by Directorate of Education (DoE), Delhi to arrange a visit for the students to the Election Musuem so as to gain electoral knowledge about the country’s electoral legacy, management and-views of Mahatma Gandhi on democracy and the election process. The school children, especially, students of secondary, senior secondary classes who are aspiring voters in near future will find it very useful.

In the letter issued to school managements, the DoE has said that schools may organise a visit to the museum on a voluntary basis. The schools are required to contact election officials to book visit for their students through the Election Commission website in advance. All the Heads of Private Unaided Recognized Schools of Delhi, who desire VOLUNTARILY to arrange visits of their students to said Election Museum, are hereby advised to contact Sandip Dutta, Election Officer (SVEEP) on phone No.23946414 or email id ceodelhi@eci.gov.in for further query/clarification.

The museum shall be open to the general public and students from 11 am to 4 pm on all working days. The museum has been developed in the office premises of the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi, Old St. Stephan’s College Building, Kashmere Gate. On October 19, 2016 a first-of-its-kind museum that chronicles the country’s historical electoral journey with artefacts, documents, photographs and film exhibits drawn from rare archives was inaugurated.

The exhibits include artefacts like the metal ballot box used in the first general elections in 1952, the one used in 1996, rare black and white images of elections period running through several decades after Independence, and samples of old election symbols.

Rare documents drawn from Delhi Archives, records of Election Commission of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Photo Division and Films Division archives, have also been displayed.

Visitors can also see a rare Films Division documentary — “The Great Experiment” — chronicling the events during the historic first general elections of India.

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