The interim constitution given below prepared by the students and faculty of GNLU Gandhinagar can be used as a guideline by colleges and universities to help set up their own Healthy Campus Cells and Clubs. We are grateful to GNLU Gandhinagar for this valuable contribution.
THE INTERIM CONSTITUTION
University ANTI-DRUGS CELL
Mission Statement- The Anti-Drugs cell (hereinafter “the cell”) of …………….University/ Institute (hereinafter “the University”) is a body to create awareness amongst students about the ill-effects of drug abuse. The mission of the cell is to create a healthy and drug free environment for students on campus.
NCB- Narcotics Control Bureau
Prohibited Substance- Any substance, the consumption and possession of which is punishable under The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
A Addressing the problem of drug abuse directly
1. To spread awareness among the students about the ill-effect of use of prohibited substance.
2. To create a check on the use of such substances in the Universities/Institute.
3. To create a self-help group for providing counselling with the help of students, faculty and administrative staff.
4. To provide rehabilitation to severely affected students and bring them back into the main stream of social life.
B Addressing the root causes of drug abuse
1. Activities and information dissemination for promoting healthy & well being.
2. Activities and information dissemination for enabling stress management.
3. Activities and information dissemination for promoting social service.
4. Activities and information dissemination for promoting soft skills.
5. Activities and information dissemination for promoting critical thinking.
6. Activities and information dissemination for building self esteem.
4) Organizational Structure: This cell will be headed by a Faculty member of the University, who shall subsequently be the Faculty Convenor of the cell. The cell will consist of a body of three other member including two other faculty members and one co-opted member from the outside alike NCB or other Agency, representatives from the students and the resident warden .The working body structure of the cell shall be revised and reconstituted after every Academic Year.
The Cell will function in close association with the NCB.
5) Functions and Responsibilities:
Awareness Programme (Events): The cell shall organize various events on regular basis such as essay writing competition, street plays, short documentary making etc. for the purpose of creating the awareness about the ill effects caused due to consumption of prohibited substances. To encourage student participation, the University shall provide recognition and rewards for outstanding student contribution.
University Mentor-Ship Programme: This program shall be utilized to provide students with proper guidance and support to keep them away from the consumption of prohibited substance.
Check & Seizure: The Convenor of the cell along with the other faculty members may check the rooms of the students as and when it is deemed necessary.
Investigation: Any student found in possession of prohibited substance shall be subject to an Inquiry by the Cell. The right to investigate the matter shall solely vest in the Cell.
Decision Making: The decision-making power shall lay with the University/Institution on the basis of the recommendations made by the Cell and an official of the NCB. While taking any decision, Counselling/ Rehabilitation and social-streamlining will be the first approach.
Celebration of 26 June as Anti-Drug Day
Orientation for newly admitted students in the first week of the commencement of the classes
Organising Quiz (Even Semester)
Organising Debate (Even Semester)
Organising Sports Activities (Odd Semester)
Creating awareness in the vicinity of the University / Institute’s Campus (Regularly)
Organising monthly meeting on a decided day of the week