In fond memory of Late. Dr. B. Ashoka, Former Head of the Department of Criminology (1978-2016), Centre for Extension Services (CES), Forensis Forum, Under the banner, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Post Graduate Department of Criminology and Forensic Science, School of Social Work, Mangaluru in Collaboration with Trinity Forensic Investigation and Analysis, Mangaluru organized a National Level Digital Poster Presentation Competition on the theme ‘Students Responsibility towards Making the Educational Institution Tobacco/Substance Free’ on 29th July 2021 at 10.30am Via Google meet platform.

Dr. Mahabalesh Shetty, Professor and Head, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, K .S. Hegde Medical Academy, NITTE University, Mangaluru was the Chief Guest. He shared his professional association with Late. Dr. B. Ashoka and cherished the moment spent with him for almost two decades. Being the active member in the Drug and Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Dakshina Kannada District he spoke about the legal and illegal drugs, medical reasons behind the youngsters getting into the substance abuse, role of parents, siblings, peer group and teachers in prevention of tobacco/substance abuses. Identification of victims of substance abuse in the educational institutions and providing proper counselling is the best way to help the students rather than making them inmates of prison throughout their life, he said.









Dr. Juliet C.J. Principal, School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya presided over the event and appreciated the interest taken by the students to actively participate in the digital poster presentation. This event was one of the means to spread awareness among various college students in and around the state. Declaring the educational institution as tobacco/substance free has to be encouraged inorder to prevent such instances happening in the college campus. It is the collective responsibility of all to educate about the preventive measures and impact of tobacco/substance on the health of youngsters. Providing counselling facilities in the college campus would be of great help to guide the students in the right direction, she said. She expressed her gratitude to Late. Dr. B. Ashoka for all his selfless services to the department as an expert in the field of Criminology and Forensic Science.

Dr. Saritha D’Souza, Director, CES and Head of the Post Graduate Department of Criminology and Forensic Science, School of Social Work, Mangaluru gave an introductory note stating the purpose of organizing the event is to to bring awareness about the implications of Tobacco/Substance abuse to all the youngsters and their responsibility towards making the educational institution Tobacco/Substance free. This event was held in continuation with the State Tobacco Control Cell where the hosting institution declared itself as ‘A Tobacco/Substance free on 26th June 2021. Hence, gave an opportunity for the youngsters to put forth their thoughts towards making the higher educational institution tobacco/substance free she said.

In this regard, Online Quiz Competition was held on 26th July 2021 at 4pm on the theme ‘Tobacco/Substance Free Educational Institutions. Altogether 97 participants took part in the Online quiz competition from various colleges in India of which Vinukonda Madurai Reddy from Raja Bahadur Venkata Rama Reddy Women’s College, Hyderabad won the first prize and Mugdha Bhattacharya from Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru won the second prize.

Twenty-Five Digital Posters on the theme ‘Students Responsibility towards making the Educational Institutions Tobacco/Substance Free’ were received and the selected 10 posters were presented on 29th July 2021 at 10.30am Via Google meet.The winners of the Digital poster presentation were Riya Raj C. A from Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru and Christy John from Delhi University, New Delhi who won the first and Second prize respectively. Sociological perspective Dr. Vidya Vinutha, Assistant Professor of Social Work, St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru, Psychological Perspective Mrs. Priyadersini, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Clinical Psychologist, College of Allied Health Sciences, Srinivas University (Deemed to be), Mukka, Mangaluru and Criminological, Medicinal perspective Dr. Vishnu Karthik, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology and Forensic Science, Mary Matha College of Arts and Science, Tamil Nadu were the Jury members in the panel to assess the poster presentation.

Faculties and students of both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Department of various universities, Autonomous colleges across the country and Alumni of the organising institution, participants from the field and allied areas were present during the event.

Office bearers of Forensis Forum, Post Graduate Department of Criminology and Forensic Science of the college had taken the initiative to conduct this event successfully. Ms. Shravya Jogiparthy, student of the department compered the event and Ms. Varsha Venkatesh, Student Convener and President of Forensis forum delivered the vote of thanks.

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