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Nearly 65 boys and girls of Government Arts College attend

  • It is part of a pilot study relating to proposed sex education curriculum in colleges
  • Students did not feel uncomfortable, says official

    Udhagamandalam: The level of awareness of the dreaded malady HIV/AIDS among a number of a students of the Government Arts College here rose several notches on Friday thanks to a programme conducted by resource persons of the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society.

    The interactive session, according to the Regional Manager of the society (West Zone), Ardhra Ashokan, was part of a pilot study relating to the proposed sex education curriculum in all the colleges.

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    She said that among the topics dealt with were culture, gender and media. Around 65 boys and girls benefited from the programme, which was conducted in batches.

    Pointing out that the students had been selected by the NSS Programme Officer, Azhagar Ramanujam, she said that unlike some of their counterparts in the plains, they extended full cooperation to the facilitators.

    Though the topics were of a highly sensitive nature, the students were not uncomfortable.

    Among those who helped conduct the session was a student of the University of California Megha Meharothra who is doing an internship with the society.

    The society District Programme Manager, S. Pradeepan, said that the objective of such sessions is prevention of HIV.

    Since it is an established fact that wrong and unsafe sexual practices are the main reasons for HIV spreading, sex education at the college level is expected to enhance awareness and bring down the number of cases.

    He lauded the students of the Government Arts College for asking only serious and genuine questions. Their maturity level is high, he added.

    At the conclusion of the session feedback forms were given to the students.

    Many of them said that they had benefited to a significant extent.

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