7.2.1 Best Practice No: 1 (2022-23)
Title of the Practice Aastha: Together We Can1. Objectives of the Practice Aastha: Together We Can is a counseling cell launched to help students to address their psychological issues thereby promoting mental well-being. It follows the mission of the institute for the all-around development of the students and staff. 2. The Context The prolonged, complex, and uncertain aftermath of the COVID‐19 crisis has posed problems and challenges for a balanced state of mind. Students in higher education face stress due to study, career, peer pressure etc. In the stage of adolescence, there are cases of psychological disorders cropping out of breakups, relationships as well and lack of communication in the family. There is a dire need for counseling and psychotherapy to navigate psychological differences to promote growth in education/career leading to personality development. 3. The Practice Aastha, a special cell with an isolated cabin to maintain anonymity and privacy is made available with the availability of the counselors throughout the week. Mental well-being is promoted with individual help and outreach events. Teachers refer the students in need to the counselors. A questionnaire with basic questions and an observation form is created. Group therapy as well as one-to- one sessions are conducted as per the requirement. 4. Evidence of Success Students’ and parents’ feedback speaks a lot about the success and further need of this cell. Respect for the anonymity of the individual is the key to the success of this activity. Review shows that many have recovered and still many on the path of recovery show their prescription and behavior. 5. Problems Encountered and Resources Required Seeking consultation for mental health issues is still not a practice in society due to poor awareness, lack of help-seeking behavior (stemming from stigma), and a desire and/or expectations to be self-reliant. Also, they often have invisible symptoms that are difficult to detect.
Title of the Practice Aastha: Together We Can.
- Invitation Letter fot the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Counselling Centre
- The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Counselling Centre
- Counselors Schedule
- Brochure of Guidance Session : Dealing with Exam Stress and Preparation Tips
Notice: Parents counselling session
Parents counselling session
7.2.1 Best Practice No: 2 (2022-23)
Title of the Practice Anubhooti: A Social Bond1. Objectives of the Practice Anubhooti is a social internship project run by the institution to sensitize the students to the issues of orphan children. Students are trained to be volunteers voluntarily for children in orphanages thereby inculcating in them a sense of social responsibility. 2. The Context Ankur Pratishthan is a CSO working for the overall development of children in orphanages in Mumbai and around. One of the founder members, Mr. Pranav Bonde is an alumnus of the Department of Political Science. Commenced in 2019, halted due to Covid-19, restarted and students worked for the – period 5th January 2023 to 5th March 2023. 3. The Practice The internship program started with an orientation session conducted by volunteers from Ankur Pratishthan to make the students aware of the details of the internship. The students for the internship were shortlisted after this by conducting a short interview. After training, students were divided into groups and allocated to orphanages near their residences. The students went to the respective orphanage on five consecutive Sundays for 3 hours. They planned, designed, and conducted various activities for the overall development of the children in the orphanages. 4. Evidence of Success On the day of completion, student interns expressed that it was a life-changing and memorable experience. During the activity, students enhanced their skills. They learnt to work in groups and realized the value of family. Many shared that they overcame their weaknesses and fears and decided to continue the work. 5. Problems Encountered and Resources Required Initially students were hesitant but gradually they realized the importance and enjoyed the activity with the children
Title of the Practice: “Anubhooti: A Social Bond”
Kirti Students attending the -Convocation ceremony