College freshers in Bhopal will now have to stop being upbeat about parties thrown to welcome them as the Madhya Pradesh higher education department has recently released guidelines barring freshers’ parties at hotels or anywhere outside premises of the college campus.
The guidelines have been framed keeping in mind increasing instances of senior students luring juniors with alcohol and other drugs at such parties. MP minister of state for education Deepak Joshi said, “ Two years ago, a murder took place at a fresher’s party and we can see how students’ addiction is increasing crime rate in the state. Thus, we have said that if at all there is a fresher’s party, then the principal or a head faculty will have to give an undertaking to the administration.”
Students termed the government’s move a setback to the purpose of interaction among students for which colleges organise freshers’ parties.
“Freshers’ party is actually an ice-breaking session with juniors and we need a change from the campus also. Students won’t open up in the presence of faculty or directors. The new guidelines are dampening our excitement,” said Shatakshi Srivas, an engineering student.
Another student named Yash Sahu said, “The very purpose of fresher’s party is to welcome newcomers in a friendly atmosphere. We do not use alcohol and drugs to befriend our juniors.”
Terming the guideline as baseless, Congress spokesperson Deepti Singh said, “If the government has to curtail addiction and alcohol consumption amongst college students, then why aren’t they banning liquor in the state? If addictive substances are available, how can the ruling party ensure that students won’t consume it either before or after the party or on any other occasion?”