University Grants Commission has reminded all Higher Educational Institutes (HEIs) to set up a “Students Counselling System” to address problems and challenges faced by students.
“Setting up of counselling centres is part of the guidelines issued by UGC regarding safety of students on and off campuses of higher education institutions and has already been communicated to all institutions concerned. One of the most important components of the guidelines was that all higher education institutions should mandatorily place a students counselling system for effective redressal of problems and challenges faced by a student,” says the letter.
The system is supposed to act as a bridge to fill communicative and formal gap between the students and the institutions. In one of its letters issued last week, the commission asked universities as well as all the colleges to set up “Students Counselling System” for students to avail the services of trained psychologist as per the need.
The Counselling System would also include faculty member as the counsellors who would remain in constant and close be allotted a number of students and in close touch with the students allotted to them. The teacher counsellors will act as a guide to students helping them move up in their careers by understanding their emotional and intellectual needs.
According to letter, “It should be a unique, interactive and target-oriented system, involving students, teachers and parents to address common student concerns ranging from anxiety, stress, fear of change and failure to homesickness and a slew of other academic worries. lt should bridge formal as well as communicative gaps between the students and the institution at large.”