Vikash Sharma

Taking stern note of drug addiction which is a major challenge in many Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) with numerous cases of youngsters getting addicted to substance abuse, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday issued a letter regarding the implementation of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA).

In its letter to the vice-chancellor of Universities and College Principals, UGC has asked them to make effective use of the campaign of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment (MoSlE).

The program coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention, assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of users, dissemination of information, and public awareness.

“It is evident that the students and youth are particularly vulnerable to the menace of substance use, thus making them primary stakeholders for this Abhiyaan. HEIS can take action at the Institutional level to sensitize the campus and other possible surrounding locations through their faculty, NSS volunteers, student clubs, etc. through regular interventions and activities on substance use prevention,” UGC letter read.

UGC has also asked Universities and Colleges to create common clubs with various activities relating to ragging, non-use of substances, following safety measures, etc.