The UGC put together an Expert Committee with many ideas for making campuses healthier. The Committee said that every college and university should have a Students Services Center whose job is to deal with and manage stress and emotional adjustment problems.
Even though higher education institutions have enough people, physical activity is not required. Colleges shouldn’t use punishments but instead should do things like hire professional psychologists and promote wellness through yoga and meditation. Proposals also say that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC and NIRF) might think about giving student service centers a certain number of points or grades.
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- The UGC formed an Expert Committee to make campuses healthy.
- The Committee identified a range of initiatives on which the UGC sought public opinion before finalizing the standards.
- Ironically, each student admitted to a college or university pays a sports fee, but only 1% or 2% of them use the facilities.
- Faculty members of HEIs should take refresher courses in counseling, mental health, well-being, and mentoring.
- 5) College varsity rankings: The suggested standards recommend that NAAC and NIRF may issue points or grades for college and university student service centers.
Five ways that the UGC wants to make college and university campuses healthier in India is keeping its operational readiness at a high level and building new infrastructure along the LAC: Govt sources Farmers can change the government if they want to: Telangana CM KCR Arjun Singh meets senior TMC leaders in Kolkata amid switchover buzz NEW DELHI: The UGC, which is in charge of regulating the higher education sector, wants to come up with comprehensive rules to reduce psychological stress among university and college students and encourage them to play sports and do other physical activities.
The UGC also set up an Expert Committee that came up with different ways to make campuses healthier. The Committee has suggested several rules, and the UGC has asked the public for feedback on them to make the rules official.
Here are some of the things the UGC is thinking about doing to make campuses better:
1) Students Services Centre (SSC): Every university and college should have a Students Services Centre (SSC) that is in charge of dealing with and managing problems related to stress and emotional adjustment. The SSC must have the tools to inform, evaluate, and guide students, such as qualified physical and mental health counselors, experts on physical and mental health, and physio-psychological assessment tools.
2) Physical Fitness: Physical activity is not required in higher education, even though there are enough people and places for physical and sports activities. There’s a lot of ironies that every student who goes to a higher education institution has to pay a sports fee, but only 1% or 2% of the students use the sports facilities or take part in sports activities. Students’ inactivity on campus makes them more likely to have developmental and physical illnesses.
Colleges should create an environment where students are encouraged to be physically active.
3) Chance to change: When students start college, they start a new part of their lives. Many are taken out of their comfort zone and away from the safety of their homes so they can face the challenges of living on their own. At times, these new challenges can be scary and make young adults feel worried, making them act in bad ways. Higher education institutions usually take punitive actions, like suspending a student for a set amount of time or indefinitely, when they see students acting in a way that is not acceptable.
These kinds of punishments may make young people feel sad and angry. Students’ bad behavior has several educational effects. The HEIs should avoid taking such punitive actions as much as possible and instead focus on programs like hiring professional psychologists and promoting wellness through yoga and meditation.
4) Pacts: Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with leading institutions like NIMHANS, HBAS, RINPAS, AIIMS, and other places where psychiatry departments are fully operational in case special pharmacological or other medical interventions are needed. Faculty members at HEIs should be encouraged to take refresher courses on counseling, mental health, well-being, and mentoring skills and competencies.
5) Measures that will affect college and university rankings: The proposed guidelines also suggest that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) might think about giving student service centers in colleges and universities certain points or grades. The SSC needs to keep good records of all its activities and make them available to NAAC, NIRF, etc. Students should be encouraged to think positively through motivational talks and other activities.