SMVDU organizes youth festival on ‘Drug Abuse’

SMVDU Vice-Chancellor & others during youth festival on Tuesday.
SMVDU Vice-Chancellor & others during youth festival on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Jan 31: In collaboration with the Excise and Taxation Deptt J&K, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra today organized a one day youth festival on the theme of `Drug Abuse: Awareness Amongst the Youths’.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chancellor, Prof R K Sinha said that such events go a long way to aware the common masses about the drug abuse which has emerged as a menace to the young generation. He hailed the initiative of Excise Deptt in collaborating with University on drug abuse. He stressed the need for a healthy lifestyle and promotion of cultural values.
RC Kotwal, Comdt 1st Battalion IRP, Reasi, gave a detailed presentation on various aspects of drug abuse. He called for greater youth engagement through sports and adventurous activities.
Speaking on the occasion, Sukriti Sharma, Dy Excise Commissioner Accounts, said that drug abuse was corroding the foundations of society. Further, she stated that drug abuse has become a major social issue in UT of J&K. “The incidence of drug abuse among adolescents and youth are increasing at a higher rate. Adding to it the increasing economic stress and changing cultural values are some other reasons leading to initiation into drug abuse.” She added.
Nagendra Singh Jamwal, Registrar SMVDU, said that drug abuse has societal, security and geo strategic aspects. “We need to inculcate a sense of discipline and healthy lifestyle among youth “he said.
On the occasion video clips, reels created by students were displayed. Students performed dance items, skits, music, folk songs and dances reflecting the culture & traditions of the UT.
ETO, Rupali Vaid, Udhampur- Reasi Excise Range, spoke on the occasion and said that menace of drug abuse is the challenge where Government alone cannot succeed unless there is community help, parental assistance and proactive role shown by all sections of society.
Finance Officer Neeraj Gupta, Deans, faculty, staff members and large numbers of students were present during the programme. A cultural troupe provided by Jammu and Kashmir Academy for Art Culture and Languages JKAACL also enthralled the audience. Dr Kamni Pathania, vice-president, Board of Cultural Activities presented formal vote of thanks. Students participated in the awareness rally, which was taken out on the campus.