Baba Budha Sahib Education and Sports Association Toronto
Leave No One Behind
Career Counseling And Education
Young people today are both excited and confused by the innumerable career choices. Never before have there been as many career options as there are today. To succeed, therefore, means changing one's mindset, and then sifting through the enormous information overload to find the right path. There are hundreds of options that can be most challenging and fulfilling, from computers, design, travel and tourism, telecommunications, biotechnology, environmental science, and many others. Each offers a diverse spectrum of options that will hold good well into the next millennium.
Much of this phenomenon can be attributed to a lack of awareness about the future of options within the arts, science and commerce streams. Baba Budha Sahib Educational and Sports Associations attempt to address these problems.
Thus it is clear that there are a diverse range of options that the sciences, arts and commerce offer. It is important therefore to examine the multi-fold opportunities available with any subject choice.
To enable students to make that all-important decision with regard to subject choice and careers, well armed with all the required information, our association provides all the data regarding the areas of work, the requirements for entry, both academic and personal, the training courses and institutions, the job prospects and future scope for a range of careers in the area of sciences, arts, commerce and the new technologies that will be the focus of the next decade.
Baba Budha Sahib Educational and Sports Association provides the latest figures on the growth of each career field, with exhaustive country-wide listings of courses of study, and the colleges and institutions where they are available. The book on the subject is also under preparation where all the information relating to all type of courses, institutions and future prospects of these courses have been mentioned. This book will be given to the students free of cost by the association.
In India today there are 210 universities, 10011 colleges, and 950 polytechnics providing education to about million of students every year. So, is the training adequate to enable them to find jobs? Are the students suitable for the jobs available?
A brief look at the job market scenario indicates that the maximum number of jobs in the past few years has gone to the technically trained specialists. Therefore an important point to consider is that to succeed in today's job market one needs to have the requisite aptitude, the necessary training and skills, not merely a general degree, and information on job trends and the prospects for the future. The aim of the Baba Budha Sahib Educational and Sports Association has been to assist young people in this task. A career decision is one that sets the direction for life. Planning and strategy is of vital importance. We hope that Baba Budha Sahib Educational and Sports Association will enable students, alongwith their parents and teaches to identify their choice of careers according to their interests and abilities and to work towards attaining their goals. Each individual's career and the output from that work contribute to the growth of society and the country. India is one the rise, and will be a significant global economic and social power in the coming century. The country therefore needs all the talent of its educated youth to work towards this goal.
What is Drug addiction?
Drug addiction is a complex brain disease. It is characterized by compulsive, at times uncontrollable, drug craving, seeking, and use that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences.
Drug seeking becomes compulsive, in large part as a result of the effects of prolonged drug use on brain functioning and, thus, on behavior. For many people, drug addiction becomes chronic, with relapses possible even after long periods of abstinence
Punjabwhich is known to be one of the state with highest per capital consumption of drgus if preventive measures/steps are not taken.
SCHEDULED DRUGS can be bought without prescription throughout Punjab but the problem seems more acute in the border districts where such drugs can be bought at roadside, dhabas and make-shift chemist shops in villages. It used to be that mention of addictive drugs brought to mind smack, poppy husk, opium and heroine. Many are hooked to these narcotics but today even more get their 'high' from prescription drugs. Less cost and less danger from the law make these drugs preferred by both the affluent as well as not-so-affluent people.
A recent study conducted by GuruNanakDevUniversity, Amritsar, revealed that drug use pattern has changed in Punjab. Synthetic drugs are now more common. The study found that one-fifth of the respondents(drug abusers) took prescription drugs, which include painkillers, cough suppressants and sedative injections. These range from pills like Ibufrin, Proxyvon, Diazepam, Combiflam, Calmpose, cough syrups like Corex, Rexcof and Phensydyl to a cocktail of intravenous injections like Norphine. As many as 68 per cent of respondents said that they were taking only prescription drugs. Another survey conducted by the Department of Social Security, Women and Children found that 67 per cent of the rural households in Punjab have one drug addict. The report was based on a study in eight districts - Jalandhar, Amritsar, Muktsar, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ferozepore and Ludhiana.
Talk to any counselor at one of the de-addiction centers spread out in the state you will find that the age group of drug abusers hooked on cough syrups and pills ranges from 12-year-olds to 85-year-olds. Drug abuse among the affluent people is seen in Doaba, with most of the youngsters at the centre having relatives abroad.
Counselors say sale of scheduled drugs without prescription is rampant and easy availability makes relapse very likely. "Relapse rate is often as high as 70 per cent and the majority of the cases pertain to those who take injections and pills like proxyvon.
While the doctor attributes the addiction to peer pressure, curiosity, depression due to unemployment and conversely, easy availability of cash, courtesy relatives abroad, the youth themselves say that friends introduce them to the pleasures of prescription drugs.
A similar situation prevails in Amritsar district where a survey done by us and found that most of the drug abusers are between the age of 20 and 30 years.
"Rural areas of Punjab are worst affected. Survey in few villages found that even the de-addiction centers run by private organizations are not really up to the mark with a few exceptions. The survey has found that over the past three years drug use has seen a steep rise. Although unemployment is a major factor among addicts there are enough examples of persons with more than 10 acres getting hooked on drugs. One survey has also found that Corex cough syrup, Iodex ointment, Norphin, Subimol, Parvon, Lomotil, Spasmo Proxyvon and Nitrazepam are some of the most common prescription drugs used by addicts. In villages, the chemist shops, which are meant to be the lifeline for the villagers, are a major source of illegal drugs. There is a major need to control the illegal sale of medicines. The addicts tell us that chemists do not ask for a prescription and even sell the medicine in bulk to individuals, without prescription.
It is clear that easy access to prescription drugs in the state must be curbed immediately. There has been unabated growth of chemist shops in urban and rural areas of the state and the unscrupulous persons running some of them have been making illegal sales in connivance with the authorities. Inadequate monitoring of chemists by government agencies explains why abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise. The state, which is already one of the highest per capita consumers of alcohol, may add another dubious distinction of being one of the largest consumers of prescription drugs if the government does not take preventive steps in time.
Name your poison ... opium, bhukki, smack, charas, phensydril, corex, glycodene, proxyone and lomotil or potentially lethal prescription drugs? It's all easily available. If one considers alcohol and all forms of' tobacco as drugs, then not less than 60 per cent of the male population of the Malwa region are regular users.
Aside from physical and mental damage that drugs do to the individual, the high cost of a daily dose weighs heavily on family resources. Addicts may spend as much as Rs 1,000 a day. Often they steal to get the money for their habit. Identifying a drug addict is not difficult and one sees them every wherein the villages of interior Malwa as well as in town like Faridkot, Taran Taran and Abohar and of course the cities. Particularly in the case of those who take drugs by injection, the tell-tale signs are readily apparent - 'dead' veins, multiple infections, swollen feet and hands.
Unscrupulous chemists have no qualms about selling intoxicating drugs even to school students. It is perfectly safe as police have no powers to check the sale of such drugs. Drug inspectors of the State Health Department are empowered to raid and take action but with thousands of chemist shops and few drug inspectors, implementation of drug sale laws is spotty and sporadic. Considering the profit, a chemist would certainly not hesitate to pay a drug inspector handsomely to look the other way. In many villages today, one can see fully stocked and flourishing shops that were mere shanties five years ago.
NGOs including our association want the government to probe the business of these chemists to discover how they have got rich so quickly. It is worth mentioning that a bottle of cough syrup that used to cost only Rs.13 or so a few years ago today sells for more than Rs.60. There are chemists who have been caught repeatedly for selling banned drugs, yet have always got off, thanks to the intervention of high-level contacts.
What do you need to get a bottle of codeine-based cough syrup? The price of the bottle and nothing else. Our association is also found that tablets and cough syrups used by drug addicts are easily available across the counter, no questions asked, at nearly all chemist shops. If a man is caught with a bottle of phensydril or glycodeine, he is not booked under the NDPS Act with its stringent provisions and long prison sentences. No wonder, 'nasha-inducing' medicines are the drug of choice today.
Many of the slum and village addicts are labourers who take drugs to overcome hunger, pain and fatigue. These are the farm labourers, truck drivers and mazdoors who have to keep going for the sake of their daily wage.
There are also addicts one would never suspect - for instance, girls studying at elite institution. Usually they are introduced to drugs by boyfriends. Many college and school drop-outs become part of the chain involved in selling smack. Drug pushing is a big source of employment in Malwa. You can buy even from karyana store.
Why BBS VISION?
Education is a backbone of the society; it improves, not only financially but mental and social structure also. When we talk about good education, it means if the student is good in one profession or education of English language, if a school gives good English education or good regular studies that means education is good otherwise not. Proper education of English or any other language is very good idea but as well as mind developments must be compulsory part of education system. Education should start from real life and must be end at real life.
Unfortunately our education system is not at appropriate level especially in the rural areas schools. People with Ph.D. degrees are unable to survive without support of parents. Our system prepare students only for government jobs, it is stuck in mind if once got government job then nothing to worry about. This system should break and is required to be changed with realty. Student ought to know what he/she should do to become productive member of society.
Other aspect in our current study structure which is not positive, either government's agencies or private organizations all start there projects from intelligent students. All most all the doors are closed for students who are not very good in ritual studies, younger generation don't have any goal or path to flow, then any direction like drug, alcohol, misuse of medicine etc. they follow quickly.
Let us come together and think about what we can do for betterment of India and other parts of this world.