By Word for Peace Correspondent
- Jamia should represent itself as a role-model for the establishment of Counseling and Guidance Centres in the universities of the country, said Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Senior Psychiatrist, Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi. Delivering a lecture, under the aegis of Vice Chancellors Distinguished Lecture Series in Jamia today, on Mental Health and Wellbeing of Youth, he appreciated Jamia for having a taken a head-start in providing counseling services for mental health and wellbeing of the youth. He felt that it was important to create a state of wellbeing for students that enabled them to realize their abilities, cope with stresses of life and work productively for the society.
- Counseling is not to be viewed as a stigma and we needed to fight ignorance, prejudices and discriminations, he said. Statistically speaking, the youth of the country is increasingly getting exposed to depression and anxiety that lead to substance abuse, Nagpal added. He argued that it was imperative to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing of youth in the educational campuses of the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia exhorted the students to come up with suggestions for improvement of counseling services and offer fresh and intelligent ideas that could be compiled and sent to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India that is engaged in formulating the New Education Policy for the country. He expressed Jamias desire to play leadership-role in some specific domains of knowledge, of which Mental Health and Wellbeing of Youth could be one.
Earlier, Prof. Tasneem Meenai, Dean Students Welfare, formally welcomed Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, guests and people in the audience. Prof. Naved Iqbal, Head, Department of Psychology, introduced the eminent and much sought-after psychiatrist to the audience. Prof. Mohammad Shafiq, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, also shared the dais.