BHUBANESWAR: Students should not succumb to peer pressure and get into bad habits or crime. Instead, they should opt for a healthy lifestyle to chart out a successful career for themselves, said Police Commissioner RP Sharma here on Monday.
During an interaction with students of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), Sharma said the authorities of educational institutions should take steps to ensure discipline and promote student-centric activities.
Speaking at the launch of an initiative of the police to reach out to students of educational institutions in the twin city, Sharma said, “It is disturbing to see students getting involved in crimes and possessing firearms. The student phase of life can either make them an asset or a liability for society,” added Sharma.
PK Nanda, Dean (Research), Siksha O Anusandhan (SOA) University, presided over the programme, a first of its kind in recent past.
There are 126 colleges in the city with a student strength of around 1,70,000 of whom, 40,000 are from other States. Peer pressure was driving students into doing drugs and alcohol and when they do not have money to meet their needs, they resort to petty crimes. Sharma advised the educational institutions to ensure discipline and provide avenues for counselling the students. The institution should have CCTV cameras inside the campus, Sharma suggested.
The Police Commissionerate has decided to conduct similar interactive sessions at regular intervals in future in other educational institutions to create awareness among the students while counselling them to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Participating in the programme, ITER students suggested establishment of a police outpost near the college. Sharma said police outpost might not solve the problem but promised to enhance security in the area.