Worried, Students Dial Panjab University Helpline
Chandigarh, India, June 16, 2020 -- "The company that hired me two months ago has withdrawn the offer letter and there is a placement freeze in market. What should I do?"
"I was planning to go to abroad for further studies, but Covid-19 has axed my plans due to which I have lost hope of a bright future."
"I am clueless about the examination and it seems my entire year will be wasted due to delay in result. What should I do?" These are some of the queries that have been flooding the helpline set up by the department of psychology, Panjab University, ever since the nationwide lockdown has been lifted.
Since May, calls from final-year students of postgraduate, undergraduate and Class XII have increased and till date 200 have approached the PU helpline from across Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. To share the stress and anxiety, the students are calling in groups to discuss their career and education issues.
Department chairman Professor Seema Vinayak, who is also heading the helpline team, said most of the callers had shown signs of stress and anxiety regarding their future. She added that many were hopeful that after the lockdown was lifted, things would streamline. "However, with the passage of time they have realised that their future plans to go aboard, appear in competitive examination and placement have been affected due to which they are feeling low. It is matter of concern as few callers especially, who are bright students, are under lot of stress about their career."
From the last one week, even parents have also started making calls on the helpline to take guidance on how to handle their children, who are in stress due to Covid-19 lockdown that had affected their studies. Prof Vinayak said dealing with stress and anxiety at the initial stages was a must as it could later on turn into depression.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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