09-APR-2019: Workshop on counselling skills held
ALIGARH April 9: The Zakir Husain College of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University organized a workshop on "Counselling skills for teachers", which was attended by 40 faculty members from various departments of study.
Highlighting the importance and relevance of "Ilm-al-Nafs", Prof Akbar Husain, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, emphasised on the medical and philosophical aspects of human psyche that need exploration from the Islamic perspective and urged the participants to address the counselling issues in students from the viewpoints of psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Prof Husain also suggested some simple exercises to alleviate stress in an Islamic way.
Dr Naveen Grover, Institute of Allied Sciences and Human Behavior said that parents and teachers should be the role models for students in every walk of life. He said that the changing lifestyle is affecting children and youngsters in cities that pave the way for different stress and mental health problems.
Prof Shah Alam, Department of Psychology, highlighted the problems faced by students between age group of 18-22. He said such problems may be linked with emotional, physical or sexual issues and proper counselling at this stage is crucial to save children from different types of distress. He stressed that a proper counsellor and a clinical psychologist should be contacted in case of serious cases.
Prof Abu Tariq said there is an urgent need to sensitize faculty members towards the counselling of weaker and NRI students who need help and support from their teachers in everyday life.
Earlier, Prof Mohammad Kamil, Coordinator, welcomed the guests and highlighted the objectives of the workshop.
Prof B H Khan, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Prof M M Sufyan Beg, Principal, ZHCET, underlined the need for such workshops adding that in a competitive environment with growing pressure on young minds, students have become more susceptible to stress, anxiety, peer pressure and depression. Hence, they need help, advice and counselling to remain physically and mentally fit. Prof Ekram Khan proposed a vote of thanks.
Mohammad Zaid was the Workshop Co-coordinator.
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