By Aditi Sharma
Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) has thrown out a clear message demanding a complete ban on smoking in campus from mid February. DU Beat brings to you a comprehensive review of this no smoking initiative.

• DUSU president Amrita Bahri said: “We have given people 15 days to voluntarily give up smoking and the drive against smoking would be launched from February 15.”

• February 1, the students’ group in association with the varsity police and Delhi government officials would start implementing smoking ban in educational institutions.

• The crackdown will begin with raiding teams swooping down on vendors selling tobacco products near colleges, which is illegal. “We have formed raiding teams with DUSU activists, Delhi government and Delhi Police”

• DUSU president Amrita Bahri has warned of surprise checks against tobacco consumers in the varsity premises and the cops too have decided to challan smokers without warning.

• A memorandum has been submitted to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the Central government urging them to pass a notification declaring Delhi University campus roads as a ‘No Smoking Zone’

• Banners and posters have been put up at various places to create awareness among students about the ill-effects of smoking, A recent three-day signature campaign was started in support of the drive which got mass support.

• Bahri said the Delhi University Student’s Parliament will discuss the issue when it will meet on February 11.

• University Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental extended support to the drive and asked the student leaders to also arrange counselling for smokers on the campus.

• Smokers on the other way are ready to openly defy the joint campaign executed by DP and DUSU against smoking.

We are frankly appalled to report that a number of rather healthy-looking rats have been spotted at many a college canteen, making merry in the kitchens, rolling in flour bags, casually helping themselves to large chunks of our food and generally, having a ball.

After the felicitation of Gordon Brown with an honorary degree from Delhi University, members of the Democratic Teachers’ Front (DTF) and the Left-wing Students’ Federation of India demonstrated with placards and slogans. They resented the convocation as Brown broke his promise of recalling British troops from Iraq after he became the Prime Minister.