- IIT Kanpur forms a five-member review committee, which has been tasked with addressing and promptly resolving student issues with an empathetic approach to student concerns
Keeping in mind the recent suicides at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) campus, the institute has been taking up steps to strengthen its counselling service by hiring a few more professionals, including additional counsellors and hostel managers to take care of medical needs of the students.
IIT-K re-iterated some of the services that are provided to their students under the Institute Counselling Service (ICS) that can help students overcome their mental health issues. ICS comprises six professional counsellors who are all clinical psychologists and a dedicated group of student volunteers and faculty advisors. Apart from this, the institute is affiliated with three recognised psychiatrists. There is a weekly visit by the psychiatrists to the campus, where students requiring medication are referred to them. The institute started additional welfare initiatives for the students which include –
- Strengthening the Post Graduate (PG) core counselling team to respond faster and also provide individualised mental health support to students.
- Regular discussions at the department levels to identify issues of academic stress, isolation and other difficulties faced by the students.
- Senior PG students would be hand-holding new students to ease the transition and reduce any feeling of alienation.
- A faculty guide to keep informal channels of communication open for non-academic matters and help to foster a supportive environment outside academia.
- Interactive hostel-level events to keep students engaged in a positive and interactive environment.
Mental health awareness programmes would be conducted for every semester.