Concerned that college students celebrating Friendship Day, Valentine’s Day and organising alcohol and rave parties with girls also around could create social as well as law and order problems, the state government has asked all universities to stop students from indulging in such activities and report compliance.
“During their college life, students tend to celebrate Friendship day, Valentine’s day as well as organise rave and liquor parties. Women are also part of these. But a lot of social and law and order problems arise out of such parties. Hence, universities must initiate appropriate measures to prohibit students from organising these,” a recent directive from the state government says.
It also asks universities to inform colleges and institutions affiliated to them to follow the directive. “Act on the matter immediately and submit report on what steps have been taken to adhere to it,” it says.
Acting on the directive, the Mumbai University has already issued a circular to its affiliated colleges, instructing these to take steps to help check such parties.
In 2010, the state government had given an assurance in the Legislative Council that it would introduce measures to dissuade students from organising and participating in such parties.
“It is not clear what the government hopes to achieve through such a directive. What measures can colleges possibly take to ensure students do not indulge in rave parties or alcohol abuse, unless it is being organised inside the institute premises?
Also, not all students organise such parties... We can, instead, focus on creating awareness about the dangers of drug or alcohol abuse,” said a senior academician.
Meanwhile, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a circular to universities across the country, asking them to implement the national policy on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (NDPS).
“We have recently received a communication from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) with a request to ensure implementation of this policy. One of the actionable points that must be implemented by all institutions of higher learning is prevention of sale of drugs to students. We request you to put in place an effective mechanism to ensure strict adherence to this policy in all institutions of higher learning under your charge,” says the UGC circular.