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Awareness Program on Substance Abuse

Organized by

Department of English

Date :

Mar 27, 2024

The Department of English, Government Degree College, in collaboration with the District Nodal Officer Mental Health, District Society Kargil, organised an Awareness Program on Substance Abuse, on 28th March 2024, in the seminar hall of the college. The key speakers for the event were Dr Fatima Nissa, Nodal Officer District Mental Health Program, Dr Jalil Wani, Block Medical Kargil and Dr Murtaza Ali, Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist. The program commenced with the formal welcome of the guests with traditional khataqs, presented by Ms. Parveen Fatima, Head of Department, Department of the English.
Dr. Fatima Nissa deliberated on the hazardous causes of substance abuse that has adversely affected the youth in specific and the society at large. She further highlighted the malefic consumption of substances such as cannabis, nicotine, cocaine, opium drug and alcohol amongst others, that has resulted from multiple factors such as parental conflict, poor school climate, poor community bonding and sexual abuse. Dr Jalil Wani presented his talk on the uses and drawback of tobacco. He insisted on strong community bonding and parental assistance in order to mitigate tobacco consumption amongst youth. He also emphasized on the collective responsibility of the community to bring awareness and fight the evils of substance abuse. Dr Murtaza Ali, extensively spoke about the physical, psychological and social dependency of drugs. Some of them being peer pressure, influence of media, to relive stress, to cope with past emotional and physical trauma and familial disputes. He further highlighted the consequences of drug use in the society that results into criminal acts such as drug possession, drug trafficking, theft, robbery and murder.
The talk stint was followed by an interactive session with the students. Dr Azra Khatoon, Assistant Professor, Department of English moderated the program and the vote of thanks was presented by Ms. Taira Bano, Assistant Professor Department of English. Media Coverage of the event was done by Ms. Archo Fatima Nissa, Assistant Professor, Department of English. A total of 150 students participated in the program. Refreshment was served at the end of the program, followed by the group photo session with the speakers.

Appreciation Letter

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