Manodarpan - The psychological mirror
Mental Health has been quite an area of discussion these days . While it has great importance for each and every individual, here we shall discuss about it's vitality for students and an interestung initiative adopted by the government of India to ease students into it.
Psychology plays an important role in what we do on a day-to-day basis, and this is especially true for students. How we learn and incorporate information is directly influenced by psychology, whether we know it or not. Educational psychology is the study of how humans learn in educational settings, the effectiveness of educational interventions, the psychology of teaching, and the social psychology of schools as organizations. It is concerned with how students learn and develop, often focusing on subgroups such as gifted children and those subject to specific disabilities. Understanding the various theories of learning as well as your personal learning style can help you better understand information and develop positive study habits.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Development believes that it is essential to provide focus on mental health of the students along with academic importance. This will help to strengthen human capital base in the country. Also, the initiative will increase overall productivity of working-age population in the country.Ministry of Human Resources and Development will launch “Manodarpan” initiative under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. The initiative is being launched to provide psychosocial support to the students for their mental well being.For India to become self-reliant, the work force should be strong and highly skilled. Through the initiative, India will strengthen its future work force, especially during COVID-19 times. Students should be kept motivated and focused towards education. They are the backbone of skills of future India. Thus, the initiative will help the country become self-reliant.
Manodarpan will comprise of the following components:
1. Advisory guidelines
2. Web page
3. National level database and directory of counsellors
4. National Toll-free helpline number
5. Interactive online chat option
Detailed features and information about Manodarpan can be found here :
In the present covid scenario , which has put everything and everyone a bit offtrack , education sector hasn't been spared by this. Students have completely been robbed off their previous schedules and routines , their mental health is also on a great risk in these tough times . Being in their productive ages , this amount of free time is sometimes unhealthy for the mind , person begins to procastinate and starts to create vrious scenarios about various non existing things, worse of all , he /she begins to live in a denial about it. And as we know , current system doesn't cut enough slice for betterment of mental health , irony is that , child psychology is a subject to be learned in bahcelors of education for upcoming teachers , but seldom follow it . So , introducing this initiative would greatly help and guide those for which this quarantine and changed stuation or the so called 'new normal ' is a bit hard.
While this initiative is pretty much in its infancy as of now , but it is a good step in right direction , if implemented and folllowed correctly.