Tezpur University has set up a drug counselling centre to create awareness and educate people about the ill effects of alcoholism and substance abuse and provide counseling services.
The Social Work department of the University has launched the Centre named Counselling Centre for Preventing Unhealthy Behaviour (CC-PUB) as part of the project “Nasha Mukta Bharat Abhiyaan: A Step to Build Abstemious Society Through Community Intervention and Promoting Healthy Habits”.
Dr. Chandan Kumar Sharma, Head of the Department of Social Work of the varsity, formally inaugurated the centre on Friday.
Dr. Sharma in his speech highlighted the importance of the centre and expressed hope that those in need of necessary counselling will come forward to take the benefit of the centre.
He also emphasized the importance of an awareness drive in this regard.
The ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan’ or a ‘Drugs-Free India Campaign’ was flagged off on August 15, 2020, across 272 districts of the country found to be most vulnerable based on the data from various sources by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The focal points of the campaign are preventive, mass education and sensitization, capacity building of service providers, positive partnership with educational institutions, and augmentation of treatment, rehabilitation and counselling facilities.
“To carry forward the ‘Drugs-Free India Campaign’ of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, the Department of Social Work, Tezpur University initiated a project titled “Nasha Mukta Bharat Abhiyaan: A Step to Build Abstemious Society Through Community Intervention and Promoting Healthy Habits” under the Principal Investigator Dr. Apurba Saha, Assistant Professor of Department of Social Work,” said a statement.
As part of the other activities of the project along with the National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR), the drug counseling centre has been set up, it added.