The Delhi School of Economics has now achieved a first it would not like to be too proud of: the institution has been identified as the worst offender in a list of smoking dens in Delhi University.
The list has been prepared by the World Lung Foundation-South Asia,which spearheads the Delhi University Smoke Free Initiative. The list of 14 smoking dens in DU was released on Monday along with an announcement that the initiative would now be extended to all 83 colleges in the university.
Delhi School of Economics is at least 10 per cent worse than the next den,which is the Law Faculty canteen, project coordinator Goutam Biswakarma said. Also in the list are Faculty of Management Studies canteen,postgraduate mens hostel,and the rear wall of the Miranda House hostel. Volunteers of Lung Foundation have been surveying spots frequented by students they have been collecting cigarette stubs and cigarette packets before 5.30 am on two consecutive days every two months for the past four months.
Calling for intensified vigil around these smoking dens,Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental said,Deputy Commissioners of Police of all districts must ensure strict implementation of the law banning sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of college campuses. We are also exploring the possibility of appointing nodal officers of the project as enforcement officers for their respective college or department.