1. STUDY ON COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE ON DROPOUTS AMONG CHILDREN IN LAXMANGARH BLOCK OF SIKAR DISTRICT OF RAJASTHAN
With an objective of ''To understanding the factors leading to dropout and understanding the community perspective towards dropout'' Research was conducted under the Mera Abhiyaan Meri Pehchan project at Laxmangarh, Sikar by interns from XISS, Ranchi. Total 200 samples and interviews with stakeholders including school dropout children, their parents, health service providers, teachers, community leaders, PRIs etc were conducted in the research. The main finding of the study is that youngsters do not drop out merely because they are losing interest towards education. Neither do they find education interesting nor do they think it's important for them. During the study, it has been found out that majority of the children dropped out of school before secondary education. The consequences for youngsters who drop-out before finishing secondary education is dramatic, in terms of high unemployment and low lifelong earnings.
2. STUDY ON TOBACCO TREATMENT PROTOCOL IMPLEMENTATION AT A MULTI-SPECIALITY HOSPITAL IN JAIPUR
Tobacco Treatment Protocol or TTP is a maiden attempt to be implemented in the State of Rajasthan (and probably in the country also) to improve the quit rate. It was launched in 9 January, 2013. It is being implemented in S.K. Soni Hospital, Jaipur with the collaboration of Rajasthan Cancer Foundation, Jaipur. The study shows that the problem of tobacco dependence and the diseases it causes is nothing new and it has been one of the major causes of preventable deaths all over the world. Though there are various consultations provided by various doctors but in India there are no specific programs dedicated to tobacco cessation. The tobacco treatment protocol is a unique attempt to put a check to tobacco dependence and motivate and counsel the patients to stop using tobacco products by providing treatment. This paper is a modest attempt to explore the various aspects of this program and also
understand the views of the different stakeholders associated with this program.
3. COMPLIANCE ASSESSMENT SURVEY OF SECTION 6 (A), (B) OF COTPA- 2003 AND TOBACCO FREE EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN JHUNJHUNU DISTRICT OF RAJASTHAN
With the support of the Union a compliance study was conducted in Jhunjhunu District of Rajasthan. The objective of the study was that to measure the level of compliance to the section 6 (A) of COTPA by the tobacco vendors in District Jhunjhunu and to measure the level of compliance to the section 6 (B) of COTPA in educational institutions. For section 6 (A) compliance surveys, 400 tobacco vendors (18 Temporary /movable kiosk, 76 Permanent kiosk and 306 Permanent shops) were observed for compliance. For section 6 (B) and Tobacco free educational institution survey, total 407 educational institutions (298 Government institutions and 109 Private institutions) sampled. The report indicates that there is less compliance in section 6 (A), in comparison to section 6 (B). Awareness as well as strict implementation of the COTPA Act need to be followed to ensure tobacco free district.