‘Lest we lose another generation’
SRINAGAR – Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof Talat Ahmad today inaugurated a week -long youth convention on Drug De-addiction on the theme Lest we lose another generation at Media House Auditorium, University of Kashmir on Thursday.
The convention is an initiative of an NGO CAUSE (concerned about universal social empowerment) and Civil Society Forum Kashmir (CSFK), in association with NSS, University of Kashmir. CAUSE has been working on the problem of drug addiction from the last 3 years and has organized a number of awareness cum councelling programmes for drug abusers.
In his inaugural address, Vice Chancellor, KU Prof Talat praised the nature and diversity of the week -long program and said that it is an important event for the varsity. We should spread the message of drug de-addiction everywhere, be it home, school or workplace and aware the people to get rid of this menace.
He said that drug addiction is a curable disease and this problem should be addressed jointly and collective efforts are needed to fight this menace.
Prof Talat said, Involvement of youth in such initiatives at college and university level is vital as they form an important part of our society.
Prof Farooq Ahmad Khan, Coordinator, NSS, University of Kashmir said couple of decades back people were unaware of this drug addiction, but today drug addicts can be seen everywhere in huge numbers.
He said, It is a matter of concern for the society when we see youth taking to drug. There is a need to introspect and awareness is the only option to tackle this problem.
Coordinator, Media Education Research Centre (MERC), Faruq Masudi said that stigma is attached to substance addicts and need is to address the problem and eradicate it.
Masudi said that social media can play a great role in spreading awareness about this menace and added that involvement of social media is important to inform the addicts about the menace and elimination of it from the society.
Prof (Dr) Nahida Tabassum, Head Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences said, We should be careful in our home and school and keep an eye on the activities of our wards.
Dr Mohd Muzaffar Khan, consultant clinic Physiologist, Drug De-addiction centre, PCR, Srinagar was expert on the occasion.
Dr Muzaffar gave a PowerPoint presentation about the Substance Abuse in Youth.
In his presentation he said, substance abuse in youth is increasing alarmingly in Kashmir and it is responsible for social, physical and legal problems.
He presented the causes of drug addiction, its risks and protective factor, recommendations for its eradication and checking the availability of drugs in Kashmir.
Dr Majid Shafi, Psychiatric, GMC, Srinagar, another expert on the occasion gave a presentation on substance use disorders.
He presented the factors which increase psychiatric problems of a drug addict. Psychological education is important for sub-abuse youth.
Tariq Abdullah, Program Officer NSS, KU briefed the audience about the role of youth in eradicating the menace of drug addiction. He also gave a brief profile of NSS Wing, Kashmir University.
General Secretary, CSFK, Mir Afroz presented the vote of thanks.
Earlier, a session on Teachers training on drug Abuse Prevention was conducted by Ashutosh in which teachers from various schools of the valley participated.
The training program was organised by Regional Resource Training Centre, North 2 and Gunjan organization for community development, Dhramshala, Himachal Pradesh in partnership with National Institute of School Defence, Ministry of Social justice and empowerment, Government of India. A signature Campaign was also undertaken by CAUSE NGO.
The week long program will include symposiums at various degree collages of the valley, walkathon, street plays. The program will conclude on 26th of this month in the Convocation complex, University of Kashmir where some young noted figures like Dr. Shah Faisel, Parvaiz Rasool, Hilal Parray and various civil service achievers will be participating.
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