Sadbhavana Samaagam at St. Xavier’s Colleges
About 400 parents and guardians attended Sadbhavana Samagam, a one-day seminar organised by St. Xavier’s College and St. Xavier’s College of Managment and Techonology, to discuss the effects of drug abuse and addiction on youth and explore ways to counter and combat it, so that youth becomes healthy and hence leads a healthy nation. Every year such an event is organized exclusively for the parents of the students so that the parents are also included in the quality education programme rendered by St Xavier’s Colleges.
Fr. Gregory Gomes, SJ, one of the members of De-addiction department of Kurji Holy Family Hospital, was the chief guest and resource person on the occasion. While addressing the gathering, Fr. Gomes said that the young generation gets attracted towards drugs as they feel it would free them from stress, tiredness and tension, which consequently make them addicted to it. Drugs are not only dangerous for one’s health but for individual’s financial conditions and society as well, as these further lead to innumerable complications in social milieu. He urged parents and guardians to become patient towards their wards and avoid any confrontation. “Drugs and alcohol give short- term gratification, but induce long-term pain”, he added.
Fr Gregory’s interactive session was followed by group discussion among the parents, facilitated by the professors of the Colleges. Expressing their concerns along the same line, the students of St. Xavier’s Colleges staged a play- JUST SAY NO!, scripted and directed by Mr. Ajay Kumar and his team. Fr. Gregory complemented the college administration and the entire team for their efforts to make space and place available for such meaningful interactions and discussions with parents.
The Principal of St. Xavier’s Colleges, Fr. Dr. T. Nishaant, SJ, addressed the gathering and requested the parents to accompany their wards closely so that they do not fall into the snare of drug addiction.
The programme concluded on a festive note with a Christmas carol followed by the national anthem.