Port Blair, Feb 21: The Department of Home Science, JNRM, in association with the National Institute of Social Defense (NISD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India organizing a Two days Capacity Building Workshop on Drug Abuse Prevention for School Teachers and Counselors from 21st to 22nd February 2023.
During the inauguration the Chief Guest Mr.Kalaivanan.R, IPS, Superintendent of Police, South Andaman District informed the gathering about the ill effects of drugs in the productive age group especially among adolescents and youth. Under the peer pressure they indulge in drug abuse that lead to physiological and psychological complications, he said. Apart from routine curricular activities the teachers should engage the students in extra co-curricular activities to mitigate the drug abuse, he said. Mr.Kalaivanan.R, said the law enforcement agencies are playing an important role in preventing drug abuse. The approaches of teachers towards students are important in shaping the country, especially when it comes to substance use prevention, he opined.
Dr.H.K.Sharma, Principal, JNRM, spoke about the vision of zero tolerance towards drug abuse in educational institutions. Dr.Ratan Mazumdar, Associate Professor & DDO spoke on the importance of this programme and urged the teachers to be the ambassador for drug free society.
Dr. K.Venkatesan, HOD, Homescience and Convener of this programme said that globally drug abuse problem is a serious public health concern that affects not only health, safety and well-being of communities, social and economic development. It particularly affects children, young people and their families, he said. Earlier Mrs.Nidhi Shekhawat Assistant Professor of Home Science welcomed the gathering and Dr.Rekha Kumari, Resource Person, Department of Home Science proposed vote of thanks. Mrs.Poonam Singh, Resource Person, Department of Home Science moderated the programme.