- The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) secretary Professor Rajnish Jain has written a letter on May 21 to all the universities in India.
- The UGC has suggested to carry out an anti-spitting awareness campaign in all universities and the colleges affiliated to it.
Spitting in a public place is one of the most sickening sights which we all witness almost every day. Spitting is not only a social problem, but it also possesses the potential to spread various diseases like TB. The Union government has initiated this campaign aiming to increase the awareness about the spitting problem in India. The objective of this campaign is to induce people to raise their voice against and enhance the administrative measures to stop people from spitting.
In order to curb this social menace, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has written a letter to all the universities in India.
The UGC’s letter stated,
‘The youth can actively participate in raising awareness about spitting problem among the people.
Various activities such as rallies, public education events on the subject, sponsoring anti-spitting campaigns that prohibit spitting, littering, vandalism, damaging greenery, smoking in public places, may be conducted
The NSS wing of a college can take up an initiative in this regard.
Posters and stickers, linking spitting to health problems, especially those related to tobacco consumption may also be hoarded in the campuses.’
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Mumbai’s TB control programme head, Dr Daksha Shah, said, “We welcome the UGC’s initiative. Prevalence of MDR-TB amongst children is very high. TB bacteria can spread very quickly through the air. Hence, people should take necessary precautions.”
Prashant Redij, President, Mumbai Principal Association, while speaking to My Medical Mantra, said, “The number of TB patients is increasing rapidly in the country. Everyone should keep their areas clean so that they do not get the infection. The initiative taken by the UGC is a positive move. This move will encourage the youths to spread awareness about the anti-spitting campaign in the society.”