BY TC News Desk
Agartala, 1st December 2023: The Red Ribbon Club and NSS Unit of Maharaja Bir Bikram University on Friday organized an awareness program on the occasion of World AIDS Day. The program included a poster competition on the theme of HIV/AIDS prevention and a human chain against HIV/AIDS and drug addiction in the university campus.
The program was inaugurated by Dr. Runu Dhar, associate professor and coordinator of IQAC, who welcomed the guests and participants. Dr. Sumanta Chakraborty, the registrar of the university, spoke about the prevalence and dangers of HIV/AIDS and injecting drug use, especially among the youth and students. He urged them to participate in various awareness camps and activities. Dr. Ranjan Kumar Mishra, the principal of Government Law College, Tripura, explained the legal aspects of AIDS prevention and protection. He said that discriminating against a person with AIDS is a criminal offense and violators will be punished.
The chief guest of the program was Professor Satyadeo Poddar, the vice-chancellor of the university, who presided over the event. He advised the students and youth to focus on their studies and career development as a way to avoid the risk of HIV/AIDS. He also emphasized the importance of collective cooperation in implementing the social awareness plans of the university. Dr. Devdatta Adak, assistant professor and convener of Red Ribbon Club, delivered the vote of thanks and expressed his gratitude to all the stakeholders.
The poster competition was won by Rima Sinha, Priya Saha and Savita Mushahar, three students of the mathematics department, who secured the first, second and third positions respectively. The posters were judged by a panel of experts and displayed in the campus.
The program concluded with a human chain formed by hundreds of people, including students, teachers, officials and employees, along with the vice-chancellor and the registrar. The human chain was adorned with posters and banners made by the students, conveying the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and drug addiction prevention. The participants also raised slogans for a drug-free Tripura and a healthy society. The human chain had a positive impact on the spectators and the participants, who showed their solidarity and commitment to the cause.
The program was a successful and dedicated effort by Maharaja Bir Bikram University to spread awareness and education about HIV/AIDS and drug addiction among the youth and the public, and to contribute to the goal of building a healthy Tripura.