EARLY TIMES REPORT
JAMMU, July 31: Higher Education Department (HED) in collaboration with Government College for Women (GCW) Parade Ground, Jammu organized a webinar on the theme, “Holistic Mental and Emotional Well Being” at the launch of Psychological-cum- Career Counseling Cells in Colleges of Jammu and Kashmir. The chief patron of the Cell, Talat Parvez Rohella, Commissioner/ Secretary, Department of Higher Education, UT of Jammu and Kashmir presided over the webinar as the chairperson. Director Colleges Dr Yaseen Ahmed Shah; Dr S P Sarswat, Principal, GCW Parade Ground, Jammu and Patron-Psychological, Career Counseling & Placement Cell, Jammu; Dr Sheikh Ajaz Bashir, Principal, Islamia College, Srinagar, and Patron-Psychological, Career Counseling & Placement Cell, Kashmir; Vikas Dhar Bhagati, Deputy Secretary Higher Education Department; Dr Kumar Sourabh, Member, Coordination Cell, Higher Education Department, Principals and faculty of Degree Colleges from across the UT, attended the webinar. Dr Jitendra Nagpal, Sr. Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health and Life Skill Promotion Moolchand Medicity, New Delhi shared the screen as the resource person. He spoke on the constituents of holistic mental and emotional well being amidst the crisis faced by the youth in the current scenario and ways to overcome it. He also spoke about the roles that schools, colleges and the youth must undertake to ensure mental and emotional well being in such times. He also appreciated the fact that the UT of J & K is the first in the country to initiate this programme at such a large scale. The chairperson, Talat Parvez Rohella in his address, talked about the mental health scenario in the UT of J&K. The webinar received an overwhelming response as over 500 participants joined the event and was streamed live in Youtube.