City col­leges shift fo­cus to phys­i­cal and men­tal health of their stu­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

Chil­dren these days don’t look af­ter their health. This made us think about our role in chang­ing their lives. ASHOK WADIA, prin­ci­pal, Jai Hind Col­lege, Church­gate

MUM­BAI: Tak­ing ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties be­yond cul­tural pro­grammes and so­cial ini­tia­tives, sev­eral city col­leges are fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing of their stu­dents.

“We hear so many sto­ries of young chil­dren suf­fer­ing from se­ri­ous health con­di­tions, which we be­lieve can be avoided. No one has the time to think about their phys­i­cal and men­tal health, so we de­cided to take matters into our hands,” said Di­nesh Pan­jwani, prin­ci­pal of RD Na­tional Col­lege, Ban­dra, one of the 14 in­sti­tutes that is part of Hy­der­abad (Sind) Na­tional Col­le­giate Board (HSNCB).

Af­ter con­clud­ing a ba­sic course in yoga for around 200 stu­dents be­tween June and July 2017, more than 4,000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in an event dur­ing which the stu­dents trained in yoga dis­played their knowl­edge.

“Each of these [200] stu­dents can now teach ba­sic yoga. This way, we can reach out to more people,” said Pan­jwani, adding the cam­paign was un­der­taken by stu­dents of all 14 col­leges un­der HSNCB si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

On Sun­day, stu­dents of the Anil Suren­dra Modi School of Com­merce (NMIMS Uni­ver­sity) or­gan­ised a five-km walkathon. The event was part of the in­sti­tute’s so­cial out­reach pro­gramme, which fo­cused on child sex­ual abuse.

The pur­pose, said one of the stu­dents, was to give ev­ery­one a rea­son to fight for oth­ers and at the same time, do some­thing for them­selves by run­ning or walk­ing for five km.

“Around 2,000 people par­tic­i­pated. The money gen­er­ated through regis­tra­tion will be given to Ar­pan, an NGO,” said one of the or­gan­is­ers.

Jai Hind Col­lege at Church­gate has set up a ‘Well­ness Cen­tre’ that reaches out to any and ev­ery stu­dent or staff mem­bers on cam­pus. It fo­cuses on their men­tal and phys­i­cal well­ness.

“Chil­dren these days don’t look af­ter their health. This made us think about our role in bring­ing a change in their lives,” said Ashok Wadia, prin­ci­pal of Jai Hind Col­lege. He said the col­lege had re­cently or­gan­ised a workshop for stu­dents, high­light­ing the need to eat right and ex­er­cise reg­u­larly.

What ini­tia­tives can col­leges take to pro­mote the well-be­ing of their stu­dents?

HT PHOTO

Stu­dents of RD Na­tional Col­lege, Ban­dra, par­tic­i­pate in a yoga workshop or­gan­ised on the col­lege premises re­cently.

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