‘Random drug screening’ tests to be introduced in university campuses

he committee decided to call Anti-narcotics Force (ANF) to hear their views on the issue.

 

Discussing the current educational situation in Pakistan, the Senate Standing Committee on Science and Technology has decided to introduce a random drug screening test in the campuses.

The aim of this initiative to make university campuses smoke and drug-free, the Committee was told by Higher Education Commission (HEC) that awareness campaigns are underway and students are encouraged to identify and turn in people who are involved in drugs.

Only the current drug addicts are being reached out for screening and rehabilitation. A policy will be needed to start and approve random screening and people and more human resources will be needed for that.

Discussing the issue of increasing drug culture in educational institutions, the committee was told that HEC has a zero-tolerance policy against drugs. The higher authority has directed the universities to ensure drug-free campuses and collaborate with law enforcement agencies to organize campaigns.

The committee also suggested to conduct random tests, drug screening and sign MoUs with NGOs. It was also suggested to make awareness and education on the subject part of the curricula. The committee decided to call Anti-narcotics Force (ANF) to hear their views on the issue.

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