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IIT-B alumni donate Rs2.5 crore for better on-campus counselling

The institute’s alumni members of IIT-B, have made a Rs2.5 crore donation to facilitate a tailor-made counselling programme on campus.

The plan was revealed during the IIT-B Alumni Day celebrations on Sunday, when the academic batch of ‘86, against the backdrop of their silver jubilee reunion, ceremonially handed over a cheque to the institute director Prof Devang Khakkar.

The Counselling Services Programme (CSP) is expected to address the academic, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of students.

Sandeep Pandya, a student from the class of ‘86, said, “A comparative evaluation between IIT-B and renowned Western universities will be conducted to finalise the correct approach for students at the campus.”

“The kind of students coming to the IITs has changed. A growing number are coming from tier two and tier three cities, as well as villages. Tough competition, coupled with the burden of expectations back home, can cause some to crack under pressure,” added Pandya.

Recently, a survey was conducted by current hostel general secretaries to understand students’ points-of-view. The programme, on which work began in March this year, is expected to be ready within the next six months and will be implemented in the next academic year. 

 

 

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