“Colleges are focusing a lot on enhancing academic skills of students. However, students lack in the most important skills i.e. life skills. We are working with campuses across the country to built programmes that help in nurturing life skills among students,” says Dr Dhaval Mody, Director, RoundGlass College Wellbeing.
“Nowadays, colleges are talking about three things: Admissions, Placements, and Retention of students. When Colleges talk about admissions, they emphasise on how their curriculum is different and the infrastructure they are providing to the students,” he added.
Dr Mody suggested that the institutes are needed to focus on things that may help students to be successful in life. He stated, “Placements has been a big thing when it comes to higher education institutes. The colleges are striving hard to get their students placed in the reputed organisations. But the industry requirements are very different and colleges are required to bridge that gap. We have collaborated with various colleges in all the aforesaid domains working for the mental health and well being of the students.”
He also described about the programme offered by his organisation. According to him, “Our programme has two modules: one is on campus and the other one is online. In today’s scenario, we are into so many things that we forget to be happy. Nowadays, students don’t feel happy despite having various facilities whereas earlier students used to study under street lamps and also used to find happiness in that.”
Describing about the kind of pressure students are facing in real life, Dr Mody said, “If a student forgets his/her Wi-Fi password, he/she becomes depressed. There are a lot of things that cause stress among students.”
He also described about the efforts made by his organisation in this regard. Revealed, “We build communities on campuses that provide safe zone for students to talk about mental health and a platform to reach out for support in times of need. The online solution also provides a habit formation platform enabling students to take charge of their well-being by forming healthy habits and overcoming those they face difficulties with. The idea is to bring a cultural shift towards approach for mental health and well-being and make youth more proactive to it.”