STUDENT COUNSELING AND MENTORING CELL

STUDENT COUNSELING AND MENTORING CELL

Maharaja Institute of Technology Mysore has been at the forefront of the engineering education from the day of its inception. The institute hosts nearly 3000 students from various places and walks of life. Maintaining a healthy and conducive environment for transforming the minds and hence gifting knowledgeable professional to the society is the vision. It is therefore the responsibility of the institute to uphold and uplift the quality of education in all aspects.

In this view, a committee is proposed to be formed by the name of “Student Counseling and Mentoring Cell” through which, The Institute is emphasizing towards enhancing the institutional ambience to better serve the needs of an ever-changing and dynamic learning community. Effective mentoring begins with the faculty and depends on the healthy relationship between faculty and students. Some of the components that is encompassed in this cell are as follows; General Discipline, Communicative skills, General Grooming, Behavior with Peers, Behavior with Faculty, Co-curricular Activities, Extra Curricular activities, Behavior in the Hostel, etc

Counseling is a helping process which aims to facilitate the process of growth and positive well being. Counseling emphasizes awareness and prevention along with early identification and intervention of mental health issues. It allows students to effectively deal with problems and issues before they become unmanageable. Counseling empowers students with enhanced ability to solve problems, make decisions and deal more effectively with their personal situations. It helps students to alleviate distress, enhance wellness, utilizing their best potentials and facilitate the achievements.

Some of the common concerns of the students may be Academic pressures (Lack of concentration and motivation for studies, underachievement, backlogs, exam stress, unhealthy competition), Loneliness and homesickness, Adjustment to difficulties of any kind, Peer pressure, Relationship issues, Family Problems, Procrastination, Cyber bullying, Behavioral problems (anger outbursts, disobedience, lying etc), Low confidence and self esteem, Suicidal thoughts, Depression ,anxiety and other mental health problems), Substance abuse, etc.

S/L NAME DESIGNATION DEPARTMENT POSITION IN SCMC
1 Dr. Raju H K Professor and Head MBA Convener
2 Prof. M N Thejaswini Assistant Professor MCA Member
3 Prof. Nandan Giri K Associate Professor MBA Member
4 Prof. Suhas G Assistant Professor CSE Member
5 Prof. Yashwanth M K Associate Professor CE Member
6 Prof. Adanna I W Assistant Professor ME Member
7 Prof. Rajesh N Assistant Professor ECE Member
8 Dr. Nirmala P G Associate Professor CHEMISTRY Member
9 Prof. Natraj K Assistant Professor MATH Member
10 Prof. Chandan K Assistant Professor PHYSICS Member
11 Mr. Shivsagar S D Assistant TPO TPO Member
12 Mr. Srinivas Gowda M P Superintendant EXAMINATION SECTION Member
13 Prof. Hemavathi M N Assistant Professor ISE Member
14 Prof. Aniruddha A M Assistant Professor CIVIL Member Secretary
  • To monitor the students regularity & discipline
  • To enable the parents to know about the performance & regularity of their wards.
  • To Improve of teacher-student relationship
  • To Counsel students for solving their problems and provide confidence to improve their quality of life.
  • To Guide students to choose right career path for job, higher studies, Entrepreneurship, etc.

The role of this Cell is to offer support to the students to deal with a wide range of concerns; be it academic, personal, emotional, family or peer related through counseling. Cell shall facilitate for appointed counselor to meet students and their parents as and when needed. Parents and teachers for students’ concerns can also approach cell.

The Cell shall device mechanism to oversee all the concerns of the students and faculty alike. Establish policy, device mechanisms for enhancing the quality of student performance, establish platform for undertaking counseling, etc.

The Cell may classify types of Mentoring to be carried out as follows.

  • Professional Guidance – regarding professional goals, selection of career, higher education
  • Career advancement – regarding self-employment opportunities, entrepreneurship development, morale, honesty and integrity required for career growth.
  • Course work specific – regarding attendance and performance in present semester and overall performance in the previous semester.
  • Lab specific – regarding Do’s and Don’ts in the lab.

A mentor can always do more for the benefit of the students.

  • Meet the group of students at least twice a month.
  • Continuously monitor, counsel, guide and motivate the students in all academic matters.
  • Advise students regarding choice of electives, project, summer training etc.
  • Contact parents/guardians if situation demands e.g. academic irregularities, negative behavioral changes and interpersonal relations, detrimental activities etc.
  • Advise students in their career development/professional guidance.
  • Keep contact with the students even after their graduation.
  • Intimate HOD and suggest if any administrative action is called for.
  • Maintain a detail progressive record of the student (format attached).
  • Maintain a brief but clear record of all discussions with students.

The outcomes of effective Mentoring facilitated by the SCMC could be many more than the following

  • The attendance percentage of the students has increased to a greater extent.
  • The number of detainment of students has decreased consistently.
  • In course of direct communication between mentor and the student there was a good improvement in the teacher-student relationship.
  • The above effected in attaining a better academic performance.