The Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal is all set to launch Manodarpan—“a sustainable psychosocial support system for all students, teachers and families.” The initiative falls under Atmanirbhar Bharat and especially seeks to extend support to students who have completed school-clearing exams by looking after their mental health and overall wellbeing. Manodarpan will be launched on July 21, 2020.
“Now the results are out, and admissions have started, children would be having psychosocial issues, especially during these unprecedented times of #COVID19. To address such concerns, I am launching #MANODARPAN tomorrow,” tweeted Pokhriyal on his personal account. The portal will be launched by MHRD along with Sanjay Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD.
The move has failed to gain a favourable ground amongst college students who have called it “hypocritic.”
As part of the launch, a website named Manodarpan has been unveiled with advisory, posters, do’s and don’ts, practical tips, FAQs, videos and a window to post queries online. A toll-free helpline will also be inaugurated and made available to students, countrywide, grappling with anxieties and other issues owing to disruptions in education.
Experienced counsellors and psychologists will be interacting with the students via the helpline. “About 500 experienced counsellors have been enrolled to implement the national helpline, and 100 counsellors have been mapped to commence the first phase for students,” explained the HRD Ministry in a statement.
The inauguration programme will be streamed on social media accounts of Ramesh Pokhriyal.