Counselling is a systematic student-centred process based on a close student-advisor relationship intended to aid students in achieving educational, career, and personal goals. The nature of face-to-face mentoring might be to inform, suggest, counsel, coach and teach. Advising is concerned not only with a specific issue but also with facilitating the student’s rational processes, environmental and interpersonal skills, behaviour awareness, problem-solving, decision-making, and evaluation skills hence empowering them in their learning and personal development. The purpose of counselling is that the student can freely and confidentially express their academic, emotional and personal pressures and concerns to a professional who can help them effectively.
Counselling support has two dimensions – counselling on academic-related issues, personal issues and career-related issues. Academic counselling is done for providing educational guidance and assistance for students by determining appropriate education solutions. Personal counselling by a counsellor helps students to familiarize themselves with social etiquette, peer group interaction, attitudinal changes which can help them to overcome emotional problems besides reducing dropout rates. Career counselling assists students in understanding their values, interests, skills, passions and world outlook which influence their career decisions.
Every student upon entering the college is assigned a teacher mentor. The teacher mentor ensures that the student community has a friend faculty member. The mentor monitors the academic progress of the student as well as provides guidance. The introduction of this process has not only yielded improved student results but also engaged the students with our college effectively. Each faculty mentors 20 to 22 students from FE. Faculty guardian once allotted will continue to remain as guardian till the student completes the course. Mentoring is done at least twice a semester and may be done more so.
A mentor book is maintained with every faculty member for each student with details like
Efficacy of the Mentoring system:
- Student details
- Academic record
- Event participation
- Membership of professional bodies
- Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
- Counselling details
- Reduction in risk of failures and drop-outs.
- Cordial relationship between faculty and students.
- Improvements in academic performance.
- Huge involvement and participation received from students in co-curricular, extra-curricular and extension activities.