Guidance and Counselling play a vital role in a college-going student’s life. In today’s fast-paced world, students often have to cope with several personal and psychological problems that range from adjustment to a new environment, to academic and learning difficulties, to career issues and even to mental illness that need clinical assistance. In higher education, personal and psychological counselling contribute to student development, adjustment and learning, and helps preventing self-defeating behaviour among students that may even be dangerous. It is through guidance and counselling that a student attains the confidence to thrive and sustain within the college community.
A comprehensive view of counseling in higher education in India today aims to be all-encompassing, taking into account both academic and psychological dimensions of a student’s life. Hooghly Mohsin College has also adopted such a holistic view of counselling in order to reach and assist a vast majority of its students.
The Counselling Corner is one such attempt to contribute to an environment of guidance, encouragement and support for students of the College.
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A Report on Online Psychological Counselling Sessions Organised by Hooghly Mohsin College
By Shreyoshi Ghosh
Student, English Honours (Semester-VI)
Hooghly Mohsin College organized two E-Counselling sessions on 3.6.2021 and 7.6.2021 to address the stress-related issues that the students are experiencing during long periods of lockdown due to the pandemic situation. The sessions started with the welcome address by Dr. Purushottam Pramanik, Principal of Hooghly Mohsin College. The two sessions were conducted by Dr. Nilanjana Bagchi, Head of the Psychology Department, Bethune College. The sessions were open to all the students of our college. All the Departmental Heads were also there.
Approximately, more than 500 students joined the sessions.
Beginning with the basic prospect of health and the factors it is based on, Dr.Bagchi covered several important topics like anxiety, depression and some commonly spread myths, in detail.
Expressing the main concern towards the students of the age-group varying from 18-23 years of age, she discussed the symptoms, causes, consequences and prevention of psychological disorders. The sessions were interactive. Dr. Bagchi addressed students’ queries with adequate information. She concluded the sessions by emphasizing that people should be more attentive to mental health fitness.
Sanjukta Thakur, a student of Political Science of the college said, “It was an enthralling experience to learn how to find optimistic solutions to every problem in every phase of life.” While giving feedback , Anannya Mukherjee, a student of English Honours said, “This really helped me deal with some of my issues.” Chandraye Sur from the Economics Department said, “Sessions of this kind should be conducted more often.”
All the students who attended the sessions gave positive feedback. The information imparted during the sessions served to be an eye-opener for the young students. The learning from the sessions would go a long way in dealing with mental and emotional issues during this pandemic situation.