TS trains 2500 lecturers as Student Counsellors

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Dr MCR HRD ADG Harpreet Singh is seen presenting a memento to Syed Omar Jaleel, Secretari BIE. (Inset) DG BP Acharya and Secretary Education Chitra Ramachandran.

Telangana State Emerges as a Role Model by Training over 2500 lecturers drawn from Govt and Private Junior Colleges as Student Counsellors. The training was imparted through the virtual mode beginning July 24 to August 14 by the premier training institute Dr MCR HRD Institute in Hyderabad in collaboration with the Department of Intermediate Education.

Speaking on the occasion the Director-General of Dr MCR HRD Institute BP Acharya underlined the need for replicating similar services in schools as well. “Since Intermediate is a turning point in students’ life and they spend more time with their lecturers, rather than parents, relatives, and friends, availability of a bouquet of professional counselling services will have a multiplier and beneficial effect on the nature and quality of their
performance”, stated the DG.

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Acharya stated that while the primary focus of Junior Lecturers on the students’ academic performance is important in its own right, the need of the hour is to simultaneously address the issues relating to their holistic development, in term of overall personality, management of emotions, and career growth.

Spl. Chief Secretary for Education Smt Chitra Ramachandran said that Intermediate students, who are in their teens, are required to deal with many physiological and psychological changes associated with their transition from childhood to adolescence, and also measure up to the high expectations of their parents to do exceptionally well in their academics.

“Availability of professional counselling and guidance services will empower them to put their the best foot forward and to come out with flying colours at the challenging phase of their lives”, she said and added that the Education Department has conceptualized and executed a number of innovative initiatives, including the training in counselling skills, in order to address the multiple challenges thrown up by the contemporary scenario in general and COVID 19 in particular.

Additional Director General of the Institute Harpreet Singh said that for most of the lecturers, the communication with students is mainly a one-way lane. “For counselling to be meaningful, two-way communication should become a new normal in order to listen proactively and understand the problems of students in their true and total frame of reference and to find meaningful solutions to them”, he stated and called upon the Junior Lecturers to administer psychometric tests, wherever possible, to diagnose students’ problems in a systematic and scientific fashion.

Commissioner, Intermediate Education & Secretary, Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education Syed Omer Jaleel said that the training to the Junior Lecturers is not a one-shot affair. “The Department of Intermediate Education is committed to keeping their counselling skill sets current and up-to-date by arranging lectures by eminent persons on different aspects of counselling, at frequent intervals”, he added.

The lecturers were divided into 7 batches with the duration of each batch being two days. A number of eminent Resource Persons from the University of Hyderabad, Osmania University, Indian Medical Health Association, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, etc. addressed the trainees on different aspects of Counselling Skills, including Study Habits, Examination Stress, Time Management, Management of Emotions, Parental Counselling, etc. In addition, the trainees had an added bonus of exposure to the soft skills modules, developed by the DoPT, Govt of India.