DSEJ conducts webinar on academic and career related issues of students

JAMMU: Under the aegis of CBSE and NCERT, a group of trained counsellors titled as ‘Lockdown Dairy’ has taken an initiative to render guidance and counselling services to the students, teachers and parents across the country. Lockdown Dairy, a brainchild of Rajesh Vashisth, a telecounsellor with CBSE and NCERT conducted a webinar on behavioural and mental health, academic and career related issues of students alongwith the livelihood problems being faced by the parents and teachers in their teaching pedagogies due to lockdown in the country.
Anuradha Gupta, Director School Education Jammu was the Chief Guest in the webinar. She has been instrumental in initiating guidance and counselling services in Jammu.
Based in Toronto Canada, Dietitian Gauri and Rashi Sethi guided students on healthy and balanced diet and food habits as food habits trigger mood swings leading to behavioural and learning issues amongst the students. Talking on the issue, Gauri told that students will learn to control their mental health alongwith physical health with a proper diet plan. Sham Chawla, a Principal with Kendriya Vidyalaya High Grounds, Chandigarh dealt with life skills. Michelle Motha from Qatar and Nishtha Khunger discussed career guidance issues. Time management skills were taught by Maneesha from Ahmedabad and Sulekha Yadav from Hydrabad, together. Sonam Chhatwani from Bhopal addressed the issue of substance abuse; George A Thomas and Tina Sharma on Mental Health; Monika Jha on Behaviour Management skills; Dr Benny from Oman took up Inclusive Education whereas Hemlata Shukla Suri dealt with family counselling issues. Renowned psychologist and author Dr Geetanjali Kumar spoke on physical, mental and emotional well being while Neeru Attri enlightened on POCSO Act, sexual health and abuse intervention during COVID 19 pandemic. Dr Kumud Shrivastav guided the students about time management and how to prepare for the exams. Moderator counsellor Rajesh Vashisth guided students on how to choose a career.

Coordinator Puneet Dutta said that a nationwide survey is being conducted by Sham Chawla, Jaspreet Kaur and Rajesh Vashisth to explore the various problems and issues being faced by the students, teachers and parents during the lockdown. A series of webinars for all State Education Boards will be conducted by Lockdown Diary thereafter to provide guidance and counselling under CBSE and NCERT.
Present on the occasion were Parveen Akhter, Principal GGHSS Shastri Nagar, who presented vote of thanks; Romesh Sharma, Head Guidance and Counselling Cell DSEJ, Jammu; teacher counsellor KVS, Jaspreet Kaur and Puneet Dutta, a lecturer from Directorate of School Education, Jammu co-ordinated the whole programme.