Published: 22nd June 2020
Panjab University provides counselling services to elderly, students and married couples during lockdown
The association decided to do voluntary counseling and launched 'talk to Panjab University Association' helpline
Over 250 students, elders and married couples in Chandigarh have been provided counselling by the Panjab University (PU) during the coronavirus induced lockdown, the university said. The alumni association of the university had set up a special helpline for any student query related to family, career and others.
"After the lockdown was declared, our association members came to a conclusion that more than necessities and physical support, people will be needing mental support," Deepti Arora, Dean Alumni relations PU Chandigarh said. The association decided to do voluntary counseling and launched 'talk to Panjab University Association' helpline. Students who were in a panic situation about their studies came up with queries.
Nearly 75 association members offered to counsel people over the phone. "Out of these 75, only 25-30 per cent are trained counselors but we felt the others can help people to unburden and eventually get the professional help from the trained members," Arora added.