Awareness rally, lecture held under ‘Nasha Mukt Abhiyaan’

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 27: Maulana Azad Memorial (MAM) College organized an awareness rally and a guest lecture in context with the ‘Nasha Mukt Jammu and Kashmir Abhiyaan’, here today.
The rally was flagged off from the Science block of the College by Dr Sanjay Karlupia, Head of the Department of Geology, wherein more than 110 cadets of NCC and faculty members participated.
Prof Sanjay Karlupia lauded the efforts and initiatives of the NCC units of the College and interacted with the cadets.
The key speaker for the guest lecture was Dr Suraj Mohani Jamwal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, PSPS GCW Gandhi Nagar. Dr SM Jamwal is an active researcher in the area of drug use among the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. She shared first hand experience of her dealings with the addicts and the consequences of drug use.
She presented the data of drug addicts in Jammu and Kashmir. Surprisingly, 35 percent are the female addicts among the drug addicts of the age group 17-33, she said. J&K being a border region is prone to the drug supply from the neighbouring countries and as a result the incessant supply of drugs through borders is nothing less than the narco-terrorism.
Major Dr Karan Singh (Associate NCC Officer) in his address said that the youth are idealistic and want their lives to have greater meaning than just collecting money.
Dr Anil Singh (CTO) Naval Wing said that according to the WHO report there are about 27 crore people between the age group of 15-64 who had used drugs in the previous year and it is estimated that worldwide almost 1.1 crore people inject drugs, of whom 14 lakhs live with HIV and 56 lakhs with Hepatitis C.
Other faculty members who graced the occasion were Dr Koushal Kiran, Dr Banpreet Kour, Prof Rajesh Kotwal, Prof Sanjay Sambyal, Dr Ranjodh Singh Jamwal and others.