The apex regulatory body asked the institutions to take pro active steps to discourage substance abuse among students
In a recently issued circular the University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged educational institutions across the country to tackle addiction and substance abuse among the youth. In the circular dated 6 September 2016 UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu stated, "Universities should take the pro-active steps not only to make the youths live a healthy life but also stay away from the addiction of intoxicants which are spreading in the modern world."
"The youths are becoming highly dependent on drugs and substances which are not only ruining their academic career but it is a financial burden on their families. It is a moral duty of the educational institutions and the UGC to make students aware of the ill effects of drug addiction," the circular added.
UGC has further asked the universities and colleges to initiate orientation programmes for freshers and to use college events such as the cultural festivals and annual day to spread awareness of the ill effects of drug abuse.