THE results of the IIT-JEE exams, considered the toughest to clear, have been declared and admissions have begun.
To help students overcome their nervousness, IIT Delhi has started entry-level counselling sessions for reserved category students to begin with. The counselling sessions will be conducted by an NGO, CREST (Centre for Research Education Services & Training for Family Promotion).
“This is a new initiative that has been started by IIT-D with the help of CREST, and students will be counselled in various ways. We have begun with the reserved category students to help them tackle their apprehensions. If the programme helps students, we shall include the entire batch of students from the next academic year,” says Shashi Mathur, students’ dean at IIT-D.
This counselling programme is not compulsory and is different from regular sessions, which the institute has been conducting for years. Sessions of this counselling programme includes leadership qualities, stress management, time management, confidence building, and managing interpersonal and intra-personal relationships, among others.
“These sessions have been specifically designed for undergraduate students as many of them lead protected lives till they come to the campus, and then they have to adjust and live in harmony with others,” he adds.
Soon after students get accustomed to the new environment they get introduced to a revamped mentorship system where seniors mentor the freshers.
“This system is basically an interaction between seniors and juniors and it prevents ragging, also it helps freshers get acquainted with IIT. The newcomers also discuss their individual problems,” says Rachit Gupta, a third year student at IIT-D.