Drug Awareness Walk
Keeping with the spirit of the ‘Swacchata hi Seva’ initiative started by the government, a Drug Awareness Walk was organized in Manipal on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti. Contingents from various student bodies including Rotaract, RedX, VSO, and the Student Council of MIT, came together to raise awareness against substance abuse.
The event started out at the Recreation Centre, where Dr. GK Prabhu, the Director of MIT, addressed the crowd. He spoke about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in the campus and how MIT has one of the cleanest campuses among engineering colleges in the country. He also spoke of the evils of drug abuse and how addiction weighs heavy on the lives of young students.
Around 200 students from the various constituent institutions of Manipal University turned up for the walk. The students, holding placards with eye-catching anti-drug slogans, started from the Recreation Centre. Their route took them past the Venugopala Temple, Kasturba Medical College, the Edu building, Country Inn and Suites, and the main gate of the MIT campus, to culminate at the Innovation Centre.
Refreshments were distributed to the participants at the Innovation Centre. After being treated to a beautifully sung classical hymn, candles were lit by one representative from each contingent. The event ended with the students taking a pledge to maintain cleanliness. The pledge was lead by Nitesh Nayak, the cultural committee head, and included dedicating at least a hundred hours in a year to cleanliness. Even though a hundred seems like a large number, it amounts to just two hours per week, which is reasonable for something as crucial as cleanliness.