Ban on alcohol: Major decision of Assam Government to ensure safety of students
In a groundbreaking decision, the Assam Government has taken a commendable stride towards ensuring the safety and well-being of students. Following the tragic incident of drunk driving that claimed precious lives, the government has implemented a ban on alcohol in all hostels of engineering colleges across Assam. This decisive action aims to address the root causes of such devastating incidents and prevent their recurrence in the future.
The public consciousness has been deeply stirred by the unfortunate accident that occurred on May 29, 2023. Recognizing the urgent need for change, concerned teachers and institutions have rallied together to launch a widespread campaign within their respective engineering colleges, emphasizing the importance of abstaining from alcohol and eradicating its sale on campus. Understanding the significance of curbing the availability of alcohol, the Assam Government has taken an unprecedented step by imposing a ban in all engineering college hostels. This decisive move is driven by the desire to create a safer environment for students, promoting their academic progress, personal growth, and overall well-being.
The ban on alcohol in engineering college hostels aims to foster an atmosphere of responsibility and sobriety. By removing the influence of alcohol, students will be better equipped to focus on their studies, form meaningful relationships, and engage in extracurricular activities that promote personal development. This step will also help in preventing future incidents caused by impaired judgment due to alcohol consumption.
Alongside the government’s prohibition, the active involvement of teachers and faculty members is essential in spreading awareness among students about the consequences of alcohol abuse. By engaging students in educational campaigns, workshops, and seminars, the importance of making responsible choices and embracing a healthy lifestyle can be instilled.
All of these measures comes after late on Sunday night, a horrific road accident claimed the lives of at least seven people, with many others sustaining injuries. The Joint Commissioner of Police in Guwahati, Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar, shared that preliminary investigations have revealed the victims were students. The devastating incident occurred in the Jalukbari area, leaving the community in shock and grief.
According to the police, the fatal road accident occurred on the Jalukbari flyover. Reports indicate that the victims were students from Assam Engineering College (AEC) who were traveling in a Scorpio car. Tragically, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to collide with a parked Bolero DI pickup van on the Jalukbari flyover road, and subsequently crashing into a divider. The impact of the collision was severe, resulting in the loss of precious lives.
The young students of Assam who lost their lives in this accident have been identified as Arindam Bhawal and Neoer Deka from Guwahati, Kaushik Mohan from Sivasagar, Upangshu Sarmah from Nagaon, Raj Kiran Bhuiyan from Majuli, Emon Baruah from Dibrugarh, and Kaushik Baruah from Mangaldoi. Initial reports suggests there were ten occupants in the Scorpio car at the time of the accident.
Seven of them succumbed to their injuries at the scene, while the remaining three were rushed to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in critical condition. The Jalukbari flyover road accident has left a deep impact on the community, particularly the families and friends of the victims.
Moreover, the stakeholders of Assam Engineering College (AEC), including alumni, current students, and faculty, came together to raise funds for the treatment of the victims involved in the recent tragic accident at Jalukbari. In just one day, they collected approximately Rs. 3.54 lakh through crowdfunding, which was to be provided to the nearest kin of the injured driver, handyman, and helper.