Students of Ramjas College want their Principal to lead by example. The example, however, may be a little hard for him to set right away.
Ramjas Principal Rajendra Prasad has been “requested” by his students to quit smoking.
The students have made this appeal with the hope that other teachers in North Campus will be inspired to follow suit.
A handful, in fact, even submitted a written memorandum on Friday morning (a copy of which is with Hindustan Times) that states: “We have no intention to hurt your sentiments in any mode…. We request you to please quit smoking. This is nothing but (a) request with respect.”
Delhi University’s North Campus was declared a tobacco-free zone more than two years ago. While all students have been discouraged to smoke on campus, a common complaint is that teachers haven’t yet embraced the no-smoking campaign.
“Our principal has ushered in several admirable changes in the college and he is respected for his administrative skills. His smoking habit is really old and if he can kick the butt, then we are sure that other teachers and even students will be inspired to emulate the same,” said a student of the college on conditions of anonymity.
“I have cut down on my smoking to a great extent and I hope to rid myself of this really old habit in the near future. But it will take a little time and students need to understand that,” said Prasad.
The students, who made the request, are also members of the Step India Foundation, an organisation that is currently running campaign against smoking in Delhi University called ‘Smoke Minus India’.
The memorandum submitted on Friday also asked the institution’s head to set up a “smokers’ zone” in the college. “One will obviously feel lazy to get up and go to a room every time he/she wants to smoke. This should help many cut down on the number of cigarettes consumed in a day,” said Abhishek Singh, convenor, DU unit of Step India Foundation.
Prasad informed that the college was already working on this and a smokers' zone with exhaust facilities will be established in a month's time.