MESSAGE FROM DEAN - Student Affairs
Dr. M S Ganesha Prasad
Dean - Students Affairs & Head of Department - ME
To help the students transform all life challenges into opportunities for maximum academic achievement and optimal personal growth so that in due course of time, they become valuable assets to the society.
To create the optimal therapeutic environment with the use of appropriate counselling techniques for the purpose of :-
- Promoting the student’s development in all aspects of personal (mental, emotional, social, physical) well-being and academic growth.
- Enabling the students to gain the maximum benefit from the facilities provided at NHCE.
- Helping students from various social, economic, lingual backgrounds adapt to the requirements of college life in a cosmopolitan city.
- Ascertaining that the students make continuous progress on the path of self-awareness and discover new ways to develop their potential and talents to the fullest.
The Counselling Centre is grounded on the simple philosophy of respect and honor; respecting individuality and honoring diversity. As Counselors we believe in the strength and resourcefulness of our students that the resolution to their life difficulties emerges from within them. We believe and are dedicated in creating a safe space to deal with their pains and to hear their struggles, touching them with compassion and understanding to bring about healing and renewed strength.
NHCE Student Counselling Centre
The Student CounsellingCentre is where professional, confidential counselling service isavailable to all registered students of NHCE.
Counselling provides the opportunity for any student to discuss in private any concerns which may be impacting on academic performance or personal health and well-being.
In the course of the counselling process, student’s strengths are highlighted and maximized with a focus on client’s self-growth, self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Counselling may provide a chance to find a new perspective on the problem and often to become more accepting of oneself in the process
Counselling is generally offered on a one to one basis, is short-term in nature, is strictly confidential and is provided free of charge.
Self-referral to the Service is welcomed and encouraged.
What is counselling?
Counselling is the process of enabling a person so that s/he can make the right choices and decisions in life. Only in some conditions does counselling bring about quick, dramatic change. Usually, it takes some time. The counselling process works by forming of a unique, therapeutic relationship between the counselor and the client. A personal space of mutual trust is created where the client can share his or her concerns, in an accepting, non-judgmental, confidential environment. In such a space, the client feels genuinely listened to and thus is empowered to find solutions by getting in touch with his/her internal and external resources. Advice giving is not a part of counselling because solutions imposed from outside usually do not work as every person is unique and is a product of his/her unique circumstances.
Who is Eligible for Counselling?
Counselling can help anyone who needs a safe space to vent psychological pain. Counselling can help those who need to change their beliefs, value systems, behavior patterns when these are unfavorably impacting their goals or quality of life. In the college environment, the enhancement of academic performance and well-being on the campus are the ultimate counselling goals. These can be impacted by any issues in the student's family, social or college environment. Help in dealing with these issues will result in student performing better. Any student exhibiting unusual or undesirable behavior or a significant change in behavior should be referred to the counselor.
Why is Counselling Required in Educational Institutions?
Life, these days, is becoming increasingly fast paced and complex. The social structure is changing rapidly. As more and more families are becoming nuclear with both parents working, the growing child/adolescent finds him/herself increasingly isolated. With rapid proliferation of technology, addictions like social media, gaming, and texting are becoming increasingly common. In these conditions, many students lack a sense of direction or purpose which makes them prone to distraction and leads them to indulge in undesirable activities. They are deflected from the primary goal of acquiring academic excellence and skills essential for their upcoming professional life. Transitioning from school to the college environment necessitates adjustment on many counts ex. adjusting to the fast paced semester system, the hostel environment, homesickness, lack of language proficiency etc. The student also needs to adapt to the pressures of the academic workload. Techniques like time management, stress management are of significant help in this regard. Many students also face personal/ family related problems which impact motivation level. All these factors indicate the need and importance of college counselling services. Adequate counselling facility is the answer to help and guide the youth to worthwhile channels and help them to realize the goals of optimum academic, personal and career development.
Who is a counselor?
A Counselor is impartial and non-judgmental, helps to explore issues which are causing you concern or distress and help you find coping strategies or resolve your issue.They aim to empower you to make the right decisions to improve or change your current situation.
We are here for you and we will do what we can to support you.
When to approach a Counselor?
There are many reasons why someone might choose to access counselling services including:
- Body image
- Eating disorders
- Coming out
- Family conflict
- Emotional or social concerns
- Exam anxiety
BRIEF THERAPY OR SHORT TERM THERAPY
Brief therapy or short term therapy is defined as psychotherapy lasting in duration from one session to twelve sessions.
This mode of therapy makes psychotherapy available to more people who are unable to access it for money or time constraints.
Short term therapy employs some special techniques that can speed up the process and the results are many times as good if not better than long term therapy.
The key elements include:
- Focus on a specific problem and not reshaping personality. This involves rapid identification of and attending to the primary area of current concern. (ex. Conflict with spouse/employer)
- Active involvement of both therapist and client. In this mode of therapy, the therapist speaks more than what is usual in long term therapy (more questions, answers, feedback, active problem solving). The client is given between session homework (keeping a personal journal, check lists, trying out new behaviors in life situations).
- The client is equipped with interpersonal coping and stress reduction skills like visualization, progressive relaxation.
Brief therapy is not a quick, magical cure-all but it can be a tremendously useful resource in painful times. It can be the foundation for successfully handling tough times that might come later.
It is not the appropriate course of action for people who have undergone extremely difficult times and have deep emotional wounds. Brief therapy can be the starting point but longer therapy will be required. Sometimes it can open emotional wounds in them and not provide the resolution. It will be harmful in such cases.
Brief therapy is also contraindicated in severe, chronic mental disorders like bipolar or manic depressive illness, schizophrenia which require long term support and psychiatric treatment.
FACTORS LEADING TO DROPOUTS IN ENGINEERING COURSES
|1||Students are told “Engineering is the ticket to a good life. Failure will reduce the chances of getting a good placement.” This frightens students and their goal becomes rote learning and passing rather than trying to understand concepts which take more time and effort. They do not experience the joy of learning.||Emphasis on learning. Explaining to students that in a professional course knowledge of subject is very important as they will need it in their working life.|
|2||Our education system encourages exam oriented rote learning. Students coming from some of the colleges lose the habit of studying from the text books, understanding concepts.||Emphasis on learning. Explaining to students that in a professional course knowledge of subject is very important as they will need it in their working life.|
|3||For students coming from different states who have studied till PU in their vernacular medium, communicating in English becomes a problem, especially in the first year. Apart from the difficulty in academics (they do not know the English terms for many things) they also have difficulty in communicating with classmates, forming friendships. They feel inferior, less confident and left out. It is very important for adolescents to belong to peer groups and feel accepted.||Conducting English classes to bring up proficiency in the language. Creating awareness that English is a language which can be easily learnt over some time. English is not superior or inferior to Indian languages.|
|4||Some students, especially in first year, find it difficult to adjust to seven hours of classes, particularly in post lunch hours. One core subject after another makes it difficult for them to concentrate and they feel drowsy.||Conducting group activities in classroom based on critical thinking to make learning easier and generate interest|
|5||Many times students lose interest because they cannot connect the subject matter to real life situations. The study becomes “pointless”.||Connecting subject matter to real life applications in class.|
|6||Students in first year do not know much about their chosen branch. They cannot appreciate the fact that whatever they are learning in first year will be put to use in later semesters.||First year students can assist senior students in projects. Senior students can conduct seminars on their projects for first year students|
Our philosophy is about empowering the students to make the most of their time at NHCE by giving them the skills they need to take problems in their stride, and build upon their strengths. We encourage the students to explore the many free and confidential services to help guide them through the challenges of college life.
Counselors work alongside students to ensure that they are running at their peak performance.
Individual counseling with one of our trained psychologists is available if you need support or are looking for strategies to improve your performance. All sessions are confidential.
Working in groups offers an opportunity to explore yourself, how you relate to others and vice versa.Sharing the similar problems in the groups can provide valuable insights into your ways of thinking, behaving and relating by hearing their experiences.
Stay ahead of the game by attending one of our workshops on topics such as:
- Managing stress
- Time management
- Self Image
- Decision making
- Adjustment to College Life
- Anger Management
- Communication Skills
- Culture Shock
- Depression and Suicide
- Diversity Awareness
- Work-Life Balance and Self-Care
Mindfulness is about being present and in the moment. This free, drop-in class fosters an accepting, non-judgmental environment to learn and practice different forms of mindful meditation
Developmentally, College represents an important transition between childhood and adulthood with young people expected, and expecting, to take far more responsibility for all aspects of their lives. Some embrace this challenge, others find it hard. The most important ways in which you can support your child is to encourage them to make use of the help available to them here. But be careful not to push too hard. Counseling (or other help) will be more effective if the student has chosen it for themselves .The CounselingCentre may be contacted by parents who are aware that their child is struggling at college and are unsure how best to help them. It can be especially worrying when your child is not very communicative about their difficulties and / or appears resistant to getting help. Some signs you should watch out for:
- Noticeable decline in class attendance and grades
- Extreme mood swings
- Marked changes in sleep pattern
- Severe changes in eating and/or drinking habits
- Evident emotional signs: fearful, sad, depressed or anxious
- Irritability, physical restlessness
- Substance abuse
- Experiencing serious stress in personal life
Counseling Centre staff is professionally trained and widely experienced female counselors, psychotherapists, clinical and counseling psychologists, all of whom are accustomed to helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and with a wide range of issues. The team has expertise in fields including psychodynamic counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The Service offer a mentoring scheme, staffed by psychologists and counselors, that provide regular support for students with severe and enduring mental health problems so that they can function well at college and achieve their full academic potential.Case Study- A student with Bipolarity –
(Given name for the student - AVP)
AVP and his parents were referred by the Class teacher to meet the counselor as he had attendance shortage in certain subjects and he was deemed not eligible for the tests.
The parents were seated comfortably and with empathy and understanding were
Given the space to share their issue- AVP had been diagnosed as having bipolarity by the psychiatrist, basis his behavior. His parents understandably were very concerned especially the mother who was emotionally overcome as was the father. The medication he has been prescribed has the side effect of making him feel dazed and sleepy especially in the morning. Hence he has not been able to attend the morning classes of certain subjects. There was tension, anxiety and worry in their demeanor.
With compassion was able to calm them and allow them to vent their innermost fear –
How can he hope to finish a professional course if he is unable to attend all classes; and more importantly can the management understand the child’s situation and allow him to attend his exams?
AVP joined us and he too shared his anxiety, shame and guilt for causing the problem – with gentle confronting and encouragement he was able to understand and gain clarity on how much of the burden he should place on himself – did REBT and had him look at the issue from a more rational perspective which gave him and his parents a measure of comfort and hope.
With the CT’s guidance was able to point them towards the right process to enable him to progress as per the norms of the college and still be able to do the exams.
He and parents were reassured that he need not discontinue the medication for the bipolarity unless so advised by the psychiatrist- and that he can always access the various levels of support available in the college –from- the CT, HOD, and DOSA to the Counselor.
He has been performing to potential till date in his academics and his adjustment has been encouraging.
COUNSELING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
|S.No||Name & Designation||Designation||Committee Members|
|2||Ms. Harini Govindan||Student Counselor||Member|
|3||Ms. Sunitha Prabhakar||Student Counselor||Member|
|4||Ms. Rakhi N Gopan||Student Counselor||Member|
|5||Ms. Cynthia M War||Student Counselor||Member|
|6||Dr. Sudha Thomas||Student Counselor||Member|
|7||Ms. Revathi Srinivasan||Student Counselor||Member|
|8||Dr. M S Ganesha Prasad||Dean Student Affairs & HoD – Mechanical||Member Secretary|
Date: 5th & 6th March, 2018
Venue: Shahid Bhagat Singh Block, Nirvana.
Lenskart, the popular eyewear store, offered to conduct a free eye check up camp for the students and staff of New Horizon College of Engineering. The same was then conducted on the 5th and 6th of March, 2018.
A total of 5 professionals arrived at the college campus with up to date technology to conduct the eye test. There were 2 stations at which the students and staff could get their eye sight checked and 1 display section where the latest fashionable eyewear was shown and sold at a massive discount. Once the check up was done, a prescription card was handed to the student/staff who were then free to try and purchase their desired frames. The eye checkup camp was successful as there were a total of 200 students and staff who attended both days.
The eye check up was very thorough and each person was given a one-to-one consultation with the professional. Even though there were many people waiting for their turn, the professional made sure that each person was given enough time during the check up. This was extremely beneficial to students (especially those in hostel) who cannot find the time to physically go to an Optometrist and pay the high fees for a simple check up. Similarly, for the hardworking staff members the eye check up proved to be needed as many have not had a thorough check up in a long time.
The eyewear that was displayed was of outstanding quality bearing the brand names Vincent Chase and John Jacobs. Once the frame was chosen, a few details were taken and an assured home delivery was given by Lenskart. The experience as a whole was worthwhile and very convenient for the busy students and staff.