Vikash Sharma

The educational institutions in Odisha will now be drug-free. Not only students, lecturers will also be required to submit anti-drug declaration. Odisha Assembly Standing Committee has made such recommendation to the state government, informed Committee Chairman, Bhupinder Singh on Tuesday.

“We have suggested the Odisha government to ensure that students will submit undertaking of anti-drug declaration before taking admissions in educational institutions. We have urged to implement the same norm for the lecturers as well in the state,” said Singh.

The Committee has recommended implementation of such provision for the lecturers of Plus 2, Plus 3 and Universities. “Our objective is to keep educational campuses free from any substance use and the rule should be applicable to students and lecturers as well,” Singh added.

It is pertinent to mention here that drug addiction is a major challenge in many Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) with numerous cases of youngsters getting addicted to substance abuse. Recently, the University Grants Commission had written to educational institutions to implement the Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA) of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSlE).

The UGC had asked the authorities to take action at the Institutional level to sensitise the campus and other possible surrounding locations through their faculty, NSS volunteers, student clubs etc. through regular interventions and activities on substance use prevention.

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