UGC releases draft guidelines to address mental health issues amongst students in HEIs

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Updated on May 7, 2022 11:36 IST

UGC has also sought suggestions from students and faculty of HEIs, parents and members of the civil society. The comments or suggestions may be sent to UGC on policyfeedbackugc@gmail.com.

UGC releases draft guidelines to address mental health issues amongst students in HEIs

UGC releases draft guidelines to address mental health issues amongst students in HEIs

With an aim to address the mental health issues faced by students due to stress and peer pressure, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has now released the guidelines to promote physical fitness, sports, students' health, welfare, and psychological and emotional wellbeing at the higher education institutions in India. 

UGC has also sought suggestions from students and faculty of HEIs, parents and members of the civil society. The comments or suggestions may be sent to UGC on policyfeedbackugc@gmail.com. The suggestions can be sent within two weeks from the date of uploading the public notice on the official UGC website. The UGC posted the notice on May 6. The guidelines have been set with an aim to provide support to all the students who are enrolled in HEIs, with special emphasis on promoting physical fitness and sports activities, creating safeguards against academic pressure, peer-pressure, behavioural issues, stress, career concerns, depression and other issues pertaining to mental health of students; inculcating positive thinking in student community and promoting positive and supportive networks for students, the UGC said in its notice.

As per the UGC draft guidelines, “Every HEI shall have a Students Services Centre (SSC) responsible for dealing with and managing the problems related to stress and emotional adjustment.”

The SSC will also conduct counselling, guidance, physical and mental health services in the online mode, in person, through a telephone helpline, or in group counselling sessions depending upon the circumstances, it said. The SSC will have access to the database of a student’s profile and will also maintain separate records of students appearing to be more vulnerable and stress-prone for further support and resilience building exercises, the notice stated.

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