centre for counselling and support.

Times of India has an article on Study blues? Campuses come to your aid, featuring the Centre for Counselling and Support (CCS) of IISc (amongst other centers from other institutions). The following paragraph triggerd this post.

So in order to help students beat the stress, IISc has come up with peer counselling apart from the professional counsellors, where two students from every department will be chosen. They in turn will speak to students who are in need of help. They meet the counsellor frequently and take aid from her.

I am the student representative from the Department of Computer Science and Automation for CCS since my name was nominated by the department in early 2009 (since the department found nobody else). Till date, I have received no communication from CCS about what needs to be done as a student representative. I have met not a single person from CCS yet and have visited CCS zero number of times.

Every year since I joined, I have been hearing about at least one student death. In such a scenario, the role of CCS is very important (of course, CCS should not be blamed for a student death or a suicide attempt). The idea of peer counselling (heard it first time in the above ToI report) is great, but should it be done only to show the administration that CCS is doing something? With respect to the actual work done as part of the peer counselling, I am unsure how CCS has performed.

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One Response to “centre for counselling and support.”

  1. Prof.Nalini Dwarakanath Says:

    Thanks for this. Could you spare some time to visit the center to see the efforts that have been going on in this direction, all efforts to start the Peer Group is in the right direction, very soon it will start off. I agree there has been a delay in the start of this service, which was actually should have been in place in March, 2014, but will soon be active , hopefully by August, 2014
    Apart from this Peer Support Group there are many more efforts initiated. One by one all will be in function.

    To talk of death of students, from late 2007 till recently, in 2014, not one casualty has happened, this is for your information. We will continue giving our best,

    Counseling Psychologist, CCS, IISc

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