Aligarh : Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) faculty members, non-teaching staff and residential students of the Begum Sultan Jahan (BSJ) Hall advocated for a sustained campaign to end the menace of drug abuse with a solemn pledge and other awareness programmes to observe the ‘Nashe se Azadi Pakhwada’ and the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ at the BSJ Hall.
“It is the need of the hour to raise awareness about the major challenges due to use of illicit drugs in the society. We must mobilise support and inspire people to act against drug use”, said the Chief Guest, Prof Shahid A Siddiqui (Principal, J N Medical College-JNMC, AMU).
Attending the programme as the Guests of Honour; Dr Sumbul Khan (Renowned Gynaecologist), Prof Moinuddin (Former Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, JNMC) and Tahira Siddiqui encouraged students to conduct awareness activities and invite individuals and organisations for outreach events against drug abuse.
Prof Uroos Abedi (Renowned Pathologist) called for spreading the word about the anti drug abuse campaign through networks and contacts.
Dr Faisal Shan (Department of Psychiatry) spoke on various aspects of drug abuse and pressed for massive awareness.
Dr Safia Habib (Department of Biochemistry, JNMC) urged people to reaffirm their resolve and work together to eradicate drug abuse.
In the welcome address, Prof Saira Mehnaz (Provost, BSJ Hall) stressed the need for necessary interventions to eradicate drug abuse.
She added that parents and teachers must explain the detrimental effects of drug abuse to the youth.
Dr Shazia Farooq Fazli (Warden, BSJ Hall) administered the ‘Anti Drug Abuse’ pledge.
Dr Deoshree Akhouri, Dr Farheen Anjum, Dr NaziaTabssum and Dr Nikhat Rasheed with other Hall Committee members coordinated the programme.
Interns and postgraduate students from the Department of Community Medicine presented a skit on the harms of tobacco and drug use.
Shyna Saif (Warden, BSJ Hall) extended the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, faculty members and students of the Department of Amraze Niswan Wa Atfal, Faculty of Unani Medicine invoked the feeling of patriotism and promoted awareness about our National Flag with the observation of the ‘Har Ghar Jhanda Mahotsav’ and the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ at OPD block.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Suboohi Mustafa (Chairperson, Department of Amraze Niswan Wa Atfal) called for bringing the National Flag home collectively as a nation in the 75th year of Independence.
She coordinated the programme with Prof Syeda Aamena Naz, Dr Fahmeeda Zeenat and Dr Abiha Khan.
Dr Diwan Israr Khan urged people to unite and show national integrity by hoisting the Tricolour at homes, institutions and establishments.
Dr M Anas appealed to patients and their attendants to spread the message of nationalism and patriotism during the 75th year of Independence.