UGC develops draft guidelines to address student mental health issues

UGC has required all institutes to set up a student service center. He asked for suggestions regarding guidelines for the promotion of physical fitness.

University Scholarship Commission

NEW DELHI: To address the challenges faced by students due to stress and peer pressure, the University Grants Commission has developed guidelines for the promotion of physical fitness, sports, student health, well-being. being, psychological and emotional well-being in Indian tertiary institutions.

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The commission also solicited suggestions from HEI students and teachers, parents and members of civil society. Comments or suggestions may be sent to UGC at [email protected] within two weeks from the date the Public Notice is uploaded to the UGC website. The review was posted on Friday, May 6, 2022.

These guidelines have been developed to provide support to all students enrolled in higher education institutions (HEIs), with particular emphasis on promoting physical fitness and sporting activities, creating safeguards against pressure academic, peer pressure, behavioral issues, stress, career issues, depression and other student mental health issues; instill positive thinking in the student community and promote positive and supportive networks for students, the UGC said in its notice.

According to the draft UGC guidelines, “every HEI should have a Student Services Center (SSC) responsible for addressing and managing issues related to stress and emotional adjustment”.

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The SSC will provide counselling, referral, physical and mental health services in online mode, in person, via a telephone helpline or in group counseling sessions depending on the circumstances, he said. .

The SSC will have access to a student’s profile database and will also keep separate records of students appearing to be more vulnerable and stress prone for additional support and resilience building exercises.

“The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) may consider assigning certain points/ratings for SSC provisions in HEIs,” according to the notice.

“Mental health course(s) may be included in the curriculum with credits to be awarded for course completion,” he said.

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