Homo sapiens is the combination of the best and the worst elements in a confusing package comprising paradox, ambiguity, turmoil, motivation, pride etc., in a melting pot. The same ecosystem allows us to create and accomplish extraordinary feats while it also watches us fail and discouraged. With these contradictions, at times we feel confused, restless, irritated and frustrated. We tend to juggle between life and learning.
Students like any other, are a product of society. Society here includes parents and siblings as children, teachers and peer groups. The only continuity in this entire phase of the evolution of the child is a constantly changing environment in terms of awareness, exposure, technology and growing demands on the child beside the child’s own expectations from self and others. In this growth process, there is a constant conversation between the child and the outer world. This interaction throws up questions relating to ethics, propriety and the normal do’s and don’ts of life. Unanswered Questions in the early course of life create internal contradictions in the individual which later on would require professional support in the form of counselling.
Counselling of students is being undertaken in KIIT since its inception as a part of student activity. However, to provide greater focus, a counselling cell was created in July 2018 to create a favourable environment for the student community and empower them to achieve a fulfilling life with intellectual and emotional growth.
Counselling is a process of continuous engagement with the student community, parents and faculty through regular interactions, workshops/seminars and sensitization programs. The recent pandemic resulted in expanding the coverage of the counselling process to include teaching and non-teaching staff and their families as well.
1. Improving Emotional and Social state of Individuals-
A. Individual Development Counselling
B. Clinical mental health counselling
C. Family Counselling
D. Addiction Counselling
2. Participation in International Academic and Personality. Development-
A. Graduate Assistance ship
B. Internship Counseling
C. Post-Graduate Studies
D. Cultural Exchange Program
Counselling provides an opportunity for the students to understand and change feelings, behaviour and situations that are problematic. These problems result in stress and depression which reflect in their interpersonal relationships and academic output. Information about students facing such challenges is furnished to the counselling cell through the Deans/Directors of various schools and Director Hostels. First-hand information available from the Director of Student Counselling during her visits to various schools and hostels is also an input. Students also directly approach the counselling cell with their issues.