Tapasya Pratap Singh|| Candidate for General Secretary Welfare|| 2019–2020
Proposal 1:Board of Student Welfare
“I propose to have a Board of Student Welfare Constructed for the direct benefit of the students and also to bring the whole welfare related portfolios under one umbrella.”
Necessity -We don’t have a properly structured body of ex-officios working on the affairs addressing student welfare in our campus. The B.S.W. shall identify issues faced by the student community related to academics, social life, mental health and career, and address them through welfare activities.
The Board will consist of:
(ii)Dean of Student Affairs (Chairperson)
(iii)President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana
(iv)General Secretaries Students’ Welfare, Technology Students’ Gymkhana
(v)Student Welfare Group
(vi)Institute Wellness Group
(vii)Student Representatives at the Counselling Centre*
(viii)General Secretaries Students’ Welfare of various Halls of Residences.
The plan is to have a portal working under the same.
The portal would have different sections to help sort different issues ranging from academic welfare to any emotional support that the students might need. Some of the tabs that could be included in the portal are :
To have a clear understanding of your own emotions.
It is a common problem that we don’t understand the root cause of our own gloom.
“Self-knowledge is the beginning of Self-Improvement”
The decision to move towards self-improvementand personal developmentgives one’s life purpose and meaning. This, in turn, increases one’s self-confidence.Havingonline psychometric tests and evaluation results and according to their score in the test, they could be made aware of the symptoms they might be facing and how to overcome them.
What steps to take?
A list of all types of emotions a student might be going through — their symptoms and possible solutions.
➔Academic Support :
To formulate and keep the records of data collected during events like the “Placement Talk” and use the information generated from such events for adding subtabs of different non-core fields one might explore along with their study materials and different experiences of people who’ve been through the same phase ( data can be retrieved through foresight ) — as in dividing sections
E.g. Academic: A particular portfolio
2.Internship options — Companies who offer internships in that portfolio.
There are many ways to attain happiness, by training your mind to feel happy, spending money on others to promote happiness, and following the code to well-being and happiness.
Most of us think we know what happiness is, but what are the actual elements that promote happiness within each of us? Seligman’s theoretical model of happiness (PERMA) helps us understand these elements and what we can do to maximize each element to reach a life full of happiness. We can have a full description of this model under this tab.
P– Positive Emotion (feeling good) E – Engagement (finding flow)
R – Relationships (authentic connections) M– Meaning (purposeful existence)
A – Accomplishments (a sense of accomplishment)
We can have a tab for blogs by different people sharing their experiences or of their struggle in KGP life and how they overcame it. This could very well be anonymous posts collected through google forms.
A separate contact section having the names and contact details of all the student representatives involved in its working.
Apart from this the academic welfare calendar including all the events could be provided as a separate tab.
Reference from the already existing and working Board of Students’ Welfare at IIT Delhi, the current General Secretaries and the General Secretaries of IIT Delhi.
Proposal 2:Emotional Listening Support
“I propose to have an Emotional Listening Support, that people could contact without
any fear or hesitation. “
We all have stresses and challenges in our lives that we find hard to cope with. Sometimes, we don’t want to share them due to our fears of being judged, or because we are worried that people around us will begin to look at us differently, and define us by our problems. In some cases, we do not want to share extremely sensitive information with people who are closest to us. At times, we have no idea about what to do and want to speak to someone and use them as a silent listener, just speaking about possible courses of action offers us clarity. You have the freedom to speak about anything that is causing an emotional crisis, without the fear of being judged and with the assurance of confidentiality. In this helpline, the plan is to replace professional counsellors with volunteers from our student community.
●Volunteers would be trained by professional counsellors.
●Every volunteer after training would be provided with a badge number. Their available time slots throughout the week would be recorded.
●A single landline number would be provided which would divert calls to personal numbers of the volunteers as per their favourable slots or according to the badge number demanded i.e. if a particular student feels connected when talking to a particular volunteer he/she might have the option of contacting him/her through their badge number.
●We can use call forwarding for connecting calls to required numbers as per the schedule and alternatively we can have numbers of counsellors as well so that no calls go unanswered.
The required training is provided by YourDost with which our institute already has a tie-up. Moreover, there are services like iCall and Medall that specialise in telephonic counselling so we could approach them for better implementation of this. For its implementation the CEO of YourDost has also been contacted.
Proposal 3: Language Mentorship
“I propose to have a language Mentorship program for students who aren’t comfortable
IIT Kharagpur is a prestigious institution and has students coming from different regions of the country every year. Students having sharp intellects but many of them start to lag behind others because they lack proficiency in English. According to one of the surveys (2015), nearly 40% of the entire student community fails to speak and communicate in proper English. Due to the lack of common communication grounds and hesitation to approach someone, a barrier is created.
A way out for this problem is,
●A targeted delivery of personalized courses to students who are at different levels in terms of their expertise in written and spoken English.
●The students can be categorized based on an exam similar to TOEFL/ IELTS.
●Once the students are segregated based on scores — modular courses should be offered to students in stages, and the progress should be monitored.
●We can try approaching the “British Council” or many other such organisations working in this field for professional help in English Training. Also, IIT Bombay already has a tie-up with the British Council, so something can be set up on similar lines
I have approached the current General Secretaries with this idea, and they welcomed it explaining that they had similar ideas. They then explained to me the difficulties they faced, the budget constraints, and also gave a suggested list of solutions.
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