New UGC Guidelines Promote Overall Student Growth

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Ensuring vibrant campus life and student participation in sports in addition to developing a Student Services Center (SSC) are just a few provisions among new guidelines framed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to promote better physical and mental health of students on the campuses of higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country.

The country’s higher education regulator has shared the draft guidelines on its official website – www.ugc.ac.in – and with universities and invited comments from all stakeholders, including students and faculty members of higher education institutions, parents and members. of civil society.

“These guidelines have been designed to provide support to all enrolled students with particular emphasis on promoting physical fitness and sporting activities, creating safeguards against academic and peer pressure, behavioral issues, stress, career issues, depression and other mental health issues. students, instilling positive thinking in the student community and promoting a positive and supportive network for students,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in the letter sent to universities inviting comments.

According to the “Guidelines for Promoting Physical Fitness, Sports, Student Health, Wellbeing, Psychological and Emotional Wellbeing in Indian Tertiary Institutions”, the activity Physics is currently not compulsory despite higher education institutions having sufficient human resources and infrastructure. for such activities.

“It is ironic that sports fees are charged to every student admitted to the institution, but participation in sports activity or use of sports facilities only affects one or two percent of the total student body. students of an institution of higher learning,” states the UGC guidelines, a copy of which is with HT.

“Keeping in mind that sufficient physical activity is essential to develop a healthy body, participation in physical activity or sports should be ensured for every student of the institution,” he adds. The guidelines require each HEI to have a student service center to deal with and manage issues related to stress and emotional adjustment.

“It shall have the standardized and systematic arrangements within the relevant provisions of the ordinances to provide the necessary support to students, especially from rural backgrounds, female students, students from divergent cultural backgrounds and students with special needs” , indicate the guidelines.

He also notes that a vibrant campus life for students is also an essential part of a good teaching and learning environment, sound assessment systems, and fair and equitable treatment for all. “The various spaces for cultural activities should also be created for community services and building the national spirit with a broader humanist perspective,” he adds.

“All HEIs in India may adopt or amend their ordinances, regulations and other rules accordingly to ensure that the guidance given in these guidelines is implemented in the best interests of students,” the commission said.

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