AICTE encouraged institutions to participate in Drug Free India movement to help youth to overcome drug abuse and to work towards holistic development of students. In this regard, Department of IT & CSE in association with The Art of Living organized a Drug Free India Campaign for all the students on 19.02.2019 at RM Hall. Mr.Saravana Prabhu Subramanian, State Youth Coordinators, Drug Free India Campaign, TamilNadu was the Chief Guest for this campaign.
The session started with Prayer Song. The launch of the Drug Free India commenced with the lighting of Kuthuvilakku at RM Hall by a group of dignitaries.
Dr. N. Suresh Kumar, Principal, SNS College of Engineering initiated the instance by welcoming the gathering and added that it is the campaign required for the students in the recent scenario. He also thanked the Chief Guest for initiated the work for Drug Free India.
Dr.N.Suresh Kumar, Principal honored the Chief Guest, Mr.Saravana Prabhu Subramanian with Santhanamalai, Mr.D.Jebakumar Immanuel, Assistant Professor/CSE honored Mr.Sengottaiyan, CTS, Coimbatore and Dr.I.Kala honored Ms. Divya Bharathi, CTS, Coimbatore.
Dr. B. Anuradha, Head of the IT Department, divulged the Chief Guest Profile. The session was handed to the Chief Guest. He gave a vivid picture about several reasons why drug usage soon gets changed to drug abuse. He quoted at a very basic level this happens because the person concerned feels a desperate need to deal with stress, to get a momentary high or to just ‘fit in’ with his or her peers, as happens in the case of youngsters. It soon reaches a stage where this need becomes much more than other needs in life and the person begins to believe their survival depends on those drugs.
He spoke about the major reasons for drug abuse and this is specially applicable for youngsters doing drugs – is its presence, and at times glorification, in popular media such as television series and films. Quite often it so happens that doing drugs is romanticized and some fictional positive aspects of the same are shown. Thus it becomes a thrilling and seductive affair for youngsters who can be misguided easily because of their relative lack of experience in life. At times, the knowledge of risk factors related to drug abuse can also lure people into using these harmful substances. In certain instances people gain this knowledge from their own families or immediate surroundings and are obviously driven – due to some reason or the other – to give it a try and before they know it, it becomes an addiction.
He also conveyed that the major impact of drug abuse is on the brain, which consequentially affects every other aspect of life of the person addicted to drugs. This disruption leads to a message that is highly amplified and this in turn disrupts the normal ways in which the brain communicates.
Few students interacted with the Chief Guest. They asked many questions related to how to handle the drug addicted person and the ways to make the addicted to non-addicted person. The Chief Guest shared his personal experience among the gathering.
Live Webinar through https://tiny.cc/DFILive was telecasted for the students at RM Hall.
The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Dr.I.Kala, Head, Computer Science and Engineering. At last the session successfully ended with National Anthem.
We are proud and happy to be part of Big Fight Against Drugs via #DrugFreeIndia campaign initiated by Spiritual Leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and promoted by AICTE and supported various Institutions.
Event video represented by 12000+ Colleges/Institutions across India with lakhs of students can be viewed @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=badx0iHeK78. The Art of Living website for Drug Free India is https://www.artofliving.org/drugfreeindia.
Total Number of Beneficiaries: 288