In order to deal with the various levels of stress, anxiety syndromes and homesickness of the students, UGC has asked all the Central universities and other Higher Education Institutes in the nation to establish a ‘counseling system’.
According to UGC, “Higher education institutions should mandatorily put in place a broad-based ‘Students Counseling System’ for the effective management of problems and challenges faced by students.” This guideline has come under the “Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions.” The guidelines have been shared with all the universities by UGC. It has also asked the universities to implement the ordinances and introduce statutory provisions so that it could ensure safety of the students and their mental as well as physical health.
The directive further said, “It should be a unique, interactive and target-oriented system, involving students, teachers and parents, resolved to address common student concerns ranging from anxiety, stress, fear of change and failure to homesickness and a slew of academic worries. It should bridge the formal as well as communicative gaps between the students and the institution at large.”
The guideline has further mentioned that a teacher should at least take 25 students under his provision of hearing their issues and be in touch with them or with their parents to inform them if anything wrong seems to happen with the students.
The guidelines further elaborating the fact mentioned that, “Teacher counselors, trained to act as the guardians of students at the college level, should remain in close touch with the students allotted to them (Batch of 25 students) throughout the year, cater to their emotional and intellectual needs and convey their growth report and feedback on attendance, examination results etc. to their parents at regular interval of time. Teacher counselors can coordinate with wardens of hostels and exchange personal details of students, academic record and behavior patterns for prompt pre-emptive or corrective action.”
For quick handing of crisis situation and preventing unwanted incidents on campus the commission has also asked to set up personal police stations in the universities.