IITs move to relieve students from tech-induced stress

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Kolkata, July 5 (IANS) Five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are taking proactive steps to relieve students from unnecessary and imaginary stress elements, said officials.

“Our aim is not to pick their weaknesses but to encourage their innate strengths and then sharpen them further. We need to understand that most of the brilliant students of the country get admitted into the IITs and their problems are very unique,” said Partha Pratim Chakrabarti, Director of IIT-Kharagpur.

“We need to relieve them from unnecessary and imaginary stress elements that they suffer from. And that is the reason why we are trying to get a unique solution,” he added.

A pan-IIT workshop on promotion of wellness in IIT campuses was hosted by IIT-Kharagpur on Tuesday.

The workshop had sessions wherein perspectives of the IITs were presented by IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Madras and IIT-Gandhinagar, the last one representing the newer IITs.

Experts from IIT-Kharagpur, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and several industry experts delved deep into the campus life at the IITs and tried to find a solution.

The IITs have considered programmes such as students’ helpline, induction programme, academic curriculum update, etc.

IIT-Kharagpur is introducing four programmes for its under-graduate students.

While the First Year students will have an induction programme helping them to settle with campus life, the Second Year students will have an assimilation session where they will understand the IIT system better.

The Third Year students will have reorientation session, and finally they will go through a de-induction programme in the Fourth Year to make them ready for life outside the campus.

IIT-BHU has introduced an induction programme as well while IIT-Bombay has collaborated with TISS for counselling helpline.

It has been observed that the students fight peer pressure, parental pressure and have trouble with time management. And many are suffering from stress induced by technology addiction, officials said.

“We need to increase the human connect. These days the students are more active virtually. Also, we need to understand what makes the brilliant students go through failure. And our aim is to help them build resilience and handle failure,” added Chakrabarti.

The programme has been initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to develop a set of recommendations which could promote wellness among the students across old and new IITs.

The outcome and recommendations of the workshop will be communicated to the HRD Ministry for considering execution at the IITs and similar institutions.

–IANS

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