Drug addiction has become a major menace in many varsities across India. Numerous cases of youngsters getting addicted to substance abuse have been reported.
This problem needs to be confronted head on. The union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has already formulated a national programme for drug demand reduction. It has already been decided that a concerted plan of action bringing together narcotic bureau, NGOs and health institutions will be implemented from April 1.
In this background, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities in the country to constitute an anti-drugs body. The body, to be named as “Say No To Drugs” will ensure that there is no usage or supply of drugs on campus.
As per a letter sent by UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain to all Vice Chancellors:
- The student bodies will act as an early warning system in case any misuse or abuse of drugs is detected, by informing regulatory agencies for cutting supplies.
- These bodies will support in rehabilitation of their fellow students who are addicted to drugs, through constant communication, counselling and continued support to instill self-belief and self confidence in such students.
- The student bodies will be financially supported by the Ministry of Social Justice through capacity building so that they can play a decisive role in the war against drugs.
- The universities may organise awareness programmes through talks by health experts on ill effects of drug usage, street plays, poster making etc.
- The student bodies should promote concept of ‘Health Promoting University’ emphasising holistic health and well-being of all stakeholders.