Effective session held on Ways of balancing your research and married life:
Balance is a feeling derived from completeness; it is a sense of harmony. It is essential to maintain quality of life and work.
In collaboration with Khosla International House, Wellness Center, IIT Roorkee organized a seminar on “Ways of balancing your research and married life” for research scholars. Speakers for the session were Dr. Shikha Jain and Mr. Ashfaq Ahmad, respectively, who spoke about maintaining a healthy balance between married life and research. The talk focused on conscious decision-making and enhancing communication styles, emphasizing how a lack of communication between couples can lead to conflicts. The session received healthy participation from scholars. Towards the end of the seminar, a Q&A session was held to address their respective questions.
Date: 6th August 2022
Campus seminar on work-life balance and mental wellness:
Wellness Center, IIT Roorkee, organized a “Mental Health and Work-Life Balance” seminar on the Saharanpur Campus.
The speakers, Dr. Akmal Shah and Ms. Shivani Tewari, focused on how to identify the factors and warning signs of work-life imbalance. They also provided insight into stress management and the challenges associated with an unhealthy work-life balance. Participants’ queries were addressed in the Q&A session at the end of the seminar.
Date: 3rd August 2022
Orientation Session for all-new Masters and PhD students:
Wellness Center, IIT Roorkee successfully conducted an orientation session for all-new Masters and Ph.D. students to introduce them to the R-Land culture. The orientation program also familiarised students with the cultural and technical groups withinside the campus and the opportunities available for students of IIT Roorkee.
Date:- 28th July 2022
Discussion on Mental Health and Work-Life Balance for PhD scholars:
All stress, anxiety, and depression are caused when we ignore our identity and start living to please others.”
In collaboration with Azad Bhawan, Wellness center IIT Roorkee organized a “Mental Health & Work-Life Balance” seminar for Ph.D. scholars. Early detection can be helpful, knowing that research burnouts are common in a Ph.D. student’s life. The speaker Dr. Akmal Shah emphasized how to handle stress and other challenges brought on by a dysfunctional work-life balance. In the end, enthusiastic participants’ questions were answered by the respective panel of speakers.
Speaker Details: Dr. Akmal Shah (Clinical Psychologist cum Student Counsellor, Wellness Center-IIT-R).
Date:- 6th July 2022
Expert Talk: The Secret of Happy Relationship
Wellness Center, IIT Roorkee, organized an expert talk on “The Secret of Happy Relationship: A Balance Between Personal and Professional Life” in hybrid mode ( Online & Offline ). The offline event was witnessed at the Saharanpur.
The speaker, Dr. Lalit Kumar Singh, stressed the need for work-life balance and reminded the appreciative audience of the need for self-awareness and emotional dysregulation in daily life. He also provided the audience with tactics and ideas for improving themselves and advocated for “Mind the gap and find the gap” in a professional environment.
At the end of the talk, Dr. Akmal Shah (Clinical Psychologist), Wellness Center, IIT Roorkee, gave a vote of thanks.
Date:- 23rd June 2022
Distribution of Physical/Hearing Aids to students of People with Disabilities:
“Having the right equipment and aids can be crucial to independent living and study.”
With the consistent belief that helping others is the key to happiness, the Wellness Center, IIT Roorkee expanded its services by giving students of people with disabilities access to hearing and physical aids and “NOAH link Wireless” to Audiology and Speech therapists at IIT Roorkee.
Date: 16th June 2022
Artspire’ 2022 – Drawing and Painting Event
Wellness centre, IIT Roorkee, organised the ARTSPIRE drawing extravaganza on 19th March 2022. This event aimed to extract your thoughts and emotions over a canvas to stimulate your mind and imagination. The response was overwhelming, and the students exhibited their thoughts and skills with their astounding art pieces.
Prize Winners of the art competition:
1st – Omkar Tiwari
2nd – Sinja Sharma and Deevyansh Dewangan
3rd – Shipra Verma
In addition to these, Commendation prizes were awarded to two kids, Cherishya Sadevi (1st class student) and Parantap Singh (2nd class student).
Intro Venture: An Introductory Talk of Team Wellness
Wellness Centre conducted “Intro Venture” on 25 January, an introductory talk about the roles and initiatives and the impact it has had in recent years. Apart from introducing Team Wellness, the evening was accentuated with interactive games: “Guess the personality” and “Interpret the picture“. Over 120 students from UG, PG and PhD programmes attended the talk. Many of them expressed their views on mental health and virtually connected with the Team members. A Case Study competition was announced at the end, winners of which would be directly interviewed for recruitments.
Date: 25 January, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm -7:30 pm
Meet and Greet: A freewheeling town hall with IITR junta
Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee conducted “𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭”, an interactive meetup of the IITR Junta with Team Wellness as the first offline event after the campus return. DOSW Prof. M K Barua and ADOSW Prof. Kiran Ambatipudi, our in-house Counsellors and Wellness wardens, were onboard. To start with, Prof. M K Barua and Prof. Kiran addressed the attendees. The evening was highlighted by presentations on the journey of Team Wellness and our success in counselling services. The panel’s interaction with the students was incredible, followed by a QnA session. A prize distribution ceremony was held with Prof. M K Barua handing over the prizes to the World Mental health quiz and Express to Inspire art event winners. Over 80 students attended the exuberant meeting.
Date: 10th November 2021
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬:
Wellness Centre, IIT Roorkee organised a webinar on the “𝐌𝐲𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬”, with 𝐃𝐫. 𝐉𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐡, renowned psychiatrist as the speaker. He addressed several common misconceptions we hear every day, living in a society still learning to acknowledge the existence and consequences of mental health issues. The participants gained immense knowledge from Dr Jeetinder as he burst all those myths. Over 50 students attended the session.
Date: 27th October
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Workshop on deconstructing stressors from the mental wellbeing perspective
Wellness centre, IIT Roorkee, organized a workshop titled “A conversation deconstructing stressors from the mental wellbeing perspective.” with Mr. Babu Mathew as our speaker. Even high grades and CGPA may seem meaningless if one is not well from within and feels stressed out in life; thus, we must learn how to deconstruct the stressors that shadow our personality and lifestyle. (SEL) covers the topic of having good social relationships and empathetic peer networks that may help us realize stressors’ impact on our nature.
Mr. Babu Mathew discussed the topics deeply and engaged everyone within the conversation; he described the significance of the aspects involved and talked about the different ways adolescents and children generally try coping up with the stress and situations, the flaws they commit, and a positive social approach towards them as a part of SEL. Over 60 students attended the workshop.
Speaker: Mr. Babu Mathew
Date: 20th October 2021
Express to Inspire Art Competition
Wellness Centre, IIT Roorkee organized an Art Competition, “Express To Inspire” for the students of IITR as a part of World Mental Health day celebration. World Mental Health Day is celebrated around the globe to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of the mental health of its citizens. This day embarks upon an opportunity for everyone working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
The event received various submissions in the video, audio and written formats from many students in drawings, paintings, crafts, poems, stories, songs, dance, articles, drama and much more. Winners of the event were awarded prizes worth Rs 10,000 at “Meet and Greet” on 12th November.
Date: 19th-23rd October, 2021
Interactive session with Mr Ravi Kumar Dahiya on World Mental Health Day 2021
“What Mental health needs is more sunlight, more Candour and more unashamed conversation.”
Wellness Centre, IIT Roorkee, hosted an interactive session with Tokyo Olympics 2020 Silver medalist Ravi Kumar Dahiya to commemorate World Mental Health Day. A brief over the achievements and life history of Mr Dahiya was presented to have the students learn from his life struggles and challenges, which he overcame with a firm mental resolve.
Mr. Dahiya answered the questioning minds of students concerning how we should approach the challenges life throws at us and not get bemused from our path to achieving our goals in life, no matter how big they could be. He also shared his experience of having dealt with issues like depression and anxiety. He emphasized that we should always be able to take risks for new things in life, and nurturing our mental health can help us do that.
Speaker: Mr. Ravi Kumar Dahiya
Date: 10th October 2021
Quiz on Mental Health and Adlerian Psychology
Wellness Centre, IIT Roorkee organized a quiz competition titled “𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐏𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲” on 8th October. Around the Globe, October is celebrated as depression and mental health awareness month. These are the topics that are often not discussed in society. Yet, mental health disorders affect millions of people worldwide. As a matter of fact, the Global Burden of Disease study estimated that nearly 200 million people in India have experienced a mental disorder, nearly half of whom suffer from depressive or anxiety disorders.
About 150 students from IIT Roorkee participated in the quiz, of which 7 winners were announced in the interactive session held by the Wellness Centre on 10th October. Prizes Worth ₹𝟒,𝟎𝟎𝟎 were awarded to the top performers on 12th November. Winners were bestowed with the books and mementoes on 12th November by the Wellness team.
Date: 8th October
Time: 6:30-6:55 pm
Webinar on ‘Meaning of Life’ on World Suicide Prevention Day
Wellness Centre, IIT Roorkee organized a webinar 𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞, with 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟. 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐢 𝐁𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐫 as the guest speaker. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds. These facts are enough to discern the significance and impact of preventing suicides. World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on 10 September, with the sole aim of a worldwide commitment towards the prevention of suicides.
Prof. Bhatnagar discussed several exciting aspects related to ‘Life’, ‘Suicide’, ‘Anxiety’, ‘Depression’ using acronyms defined by herself. Without any visual presentations, she kept all the participants engaged through her warm words and interesting analogies. She also shared real-life stories of depression and how people paved their way forward in life by overcoming depression. Over 50 students attended the webinar.
Speaker – Prof. Pallavi Bhatnagar
Date – 15 September 2021.
Interactive Talk on International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking
In our modern society, youngsters often feel stressed and frustrated. Some of them consume drugs illegally, marking it as a symbol of relaxation to deal with it. Little do they know, they end up addicted to it, leading to mental and physical disorders, such as Seizures, strokes, lung diseases, brain damage, and improper decision-making. Thus, on the occasion of International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee conducted a Webinar to light up this critical topic. We all were glad that our day’s speaker, Mr Subimal Banerjee, currently the project coordinator at a De-addiction centre named Society for Promotion of Youth & Masses(SPYM), enlightened us on the subject.
Speaker – Mr Subimal Banerjee (Project Coordinator, SPYM)
Date – 26 June 2021.
Testimonials to encourage de-addiction of drugs:
Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee posted a total of four testimonials of past drug addicts on subsequent days. Briefly, the four testimonials were:
𝐇𝐎𝐏𝐄 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧 Mr Armaan described how he came out of the seemingly never-ending cycle of addiction and overcame his fears to move ahead in life.
𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 Mr Asheesh shared his dreadful experience of being addicted to alcohol and other devastating habits in his graduation days and how he redeemed.
𝐑𝐞𝐛𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐭 𝐒𝐇𝐀𝐅𝐀 Mr Piyush discussed how he recovered and brought his life on track even after being addicted to drugs and smoking at 15.
𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐟𝐮𝐧𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐬𝐭 Mr David shared his life experience of becoming a psychotherapist from being a drug addict at meagre 12.
Date: 23-26 June 2021.
Webinar on Time management and handling procrastination
Intending to help the IITR Junta gaining command over their clocks, Wellness Centre, in collaboration with 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐃𝐨𝐬𝐭, conducted a webinar on “Time management and handling procrastination”.
The speaker Ms Archita Sobti had expertise in clinical psychology and owes 8+ years of experience. She revealed to us how she contrives to get all her stuff done within time. The webinar received healthy participation from students, who asked excellent questions from her, to which she responded brilliantly.
Speaker – Ms Archita Sobti (Counselling psychologist)
Date – 13 June 2021.
Youth wellness during a pandemic: Let’s talk with Expert:
Because of difficult times put forth by the covid pandemic, it was clear that the youth were distressed and faced several issues maintaining their mental wellness. Keeping in mind the same, Wellness centre IIT Roorkee organized a talk with Dr Santosh Kumar. He addressed several mental health issues concerning youth due to the prevailing situation. He also touched upon the human brain’s functionality, how our thoughts and emotions are influenced by our surroundings, and how we can get hold of them. All in all, it was an informative and interactive session.
Speaker – Dr Santosh Kumar (Associate Professor, AIIMS Rishikesh).
Date – 18 May 2021.
Workshop on Meditation and Pranayama
Team Wellness IIT Roorkee conducted a workshop on “Meditation and Pranayama” by our in-house counsellor Dr Shikha Jain and Mrs Madhukriti Srivastava, Co-founder of ‘SalesMonday’ and renowned yoga and meditation instructor, with more than 300 hours of Yoga teacher training. Students and staff learned and practised pranayama techniques to heal, revitalize, and recharge both body and mind by attending the three-day sessions. They also learned mindful moves to relieve anxiety and decrease stress in these challenging times.
Speaker- Dr Shikha Jain (Counsellor) and Mrs Madhukriti Srivastava (Yoga and Meditation Instructor)
Slot 1: 17 May 2021, 19 May 2021, 21 May 2021 (7:00–7:45 pm)
Slot 2: 18 May 2021, 20 May 2021, 22 May 2021 (9:00–9:45 am)
Barefoot Counselling Session
Team Wellness IIT Roorkee conducted a “Barefoot Counselling Session” by Dr Jini Gopinath, the Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Psychologist at Mind Matters Clinic, Bangalore, and the Director of Psychology at YourDost.com. The session aimed to aid students in dealing with the disrupted academic and personal life due to the pandemic. He expanded upon the changes students face in their mood, such as increased irritability, feeling low or more anxious, experience difficulty in sleeping, feeling exhausted more often and more than usual, or feeling harder to relax during respite periods. It was a very relaxing session and received heavy participation from students.
Speaker- Dr Jini Gopinath (Clinical Psychologist)
Date: 22 March 2021- 23 March 2021 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Recreation activities for Freshers
In collaboration with Cultural Council & Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee, Student Mentorship Program had organized a carousel of activities for the newly admitted batch of 2024 and 2025. These activities were conducted in the second half of the orientation, roughly after 3:00 pm. All the students were excited to be a part of these events. The events were hosted by their very own seniors, thus making it interactive. It marked the delightful beginning of the journey with IIT Roorkee.
Date: 22 November 2020.
Interactive session on World Mental Health Day
As a part of our World Mental Health Day celebration, Wellness Center IIT Roorkee has organized an interactive session with renowned and respected Padma Shri Anju Bobby George hosted by Mr. Abhishek Kumar.
She is India’s first and the only World Champion in Athletics IAAF World Athletics Final. She made history when she won the bronze medal in the long jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris. With this achievement, she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics jumping 6.70 m. She was also awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2003- 2004 after her success in World Athletic Meet. She was conferred Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award in 2004.
The session started with the Welcome speech delivered by Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee, followed by Padma Shri Anju Bobby George in which she shared her journey from childhood, kind of failures she faced during this successful journey.
It ended with a simple message “Dream and dream until your dream becomes true. “
There was also a Q&A session in which students were allowed to ask any questions and queries to the speaker, which she answered perfectly.
The event received huge participation from students along with Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director IIT Roorkee, Prof. M.K Barua (Dean of Students Welfare), Prof. Kiran, (Associate Dean of Students Welfare, Student Wellness), Prof. Rachita Gulati (Faculty Advisor NSS IITR), Institute Counselors.
Speaker- Padma Shri Anju Bobby George
Date: 10th October , 2020
Live webinar on Time management:
“Time Management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you.” Wellness Centre,IIT Roorkee and NSS IIT Roorkee conducted a webinar on- ‘𝐂𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐊 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐂𝐋𝐎𝐂𝐊: 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭.’ The webiner was delivered by 𝐃𝐫. 𝐑𝐚𝐣𝐞𝐬𝐡 𝐊𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐫 who has extensive clinical, teaching, training & research experience in the field for over 20 years. The event received positive response and students were greatly benefited from this interaction.
Date: 7th October , 2020
Share Your Journey Regarding mental health:
Today’s lifestyle puts a lot of stress and pressure on our minds and in such a situation problems with mental health are something which most of us have experienced. But we are not always able to talk about it because of the social stigma.
Struggling in silence is not a solution and many researches have shown the benefits of conversation about your journeys of pain, struggle, victory, failures, and continued endeavours towards mental health. Therefore, Wellness Centre and NSS IIT Roorkee came up with a platform to Share your journey . Students were encouraged to share their experiences related to mental health and let it all flow. The stories were shared on our social media platforms for others to connect to it.
Date: 4th October – 10th October , 2020
Quiz on Mental Health Awareness:
Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee and NSS IIT Roorkee conducted another short quiz, this time on the topic “Mental Health Awareness”. Mental health awareness aims at bringing down the walls of stigma by sharing our experiences, stories, and truths.The quiz aimed at spreading more awareness on mental health so that everyone can have more joyous and better tomorrow.
Prizes:- Prizes worth 3k
Date: 3rd October, 2020
Live webinar on Stay Fit: Maintain Mental Health:
Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee,in collaboration with NSS IIT Roorkee, conducted a webinar on ‘Stay fit: Maintaining Mental Health’ delivered by Ms. Sangeeta Param, a speaker in TEDx talks who has also represented India in International conferences on Mental Health, discussed her battle against Depression, Bipolar disorder and Borderline personality disorder. The event went very successful and was really worth lending an ear to!
Date: 30th September,2020
Quiz on Suicide Prevention:
Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee, again collaborated with NSS IIT Roorkee to conduct a short 10 minute quiz on “Suicide Prevention and awareness”. Suicide is tremendously hard to talk about. The ongoing pandemic has created a world environment that is harsh and seriously detrimental for mental health, making this the most imperative time to focus on such an important topic. The quiz recieved heavy participation from the students.
Prizes:- Prizes worth 3k
Date: 26th September,2020
Live webinar on Love and Relationship:
Emotional Wellness helps us to balance emotions in our life. Love and Relationship play a significant role in maintaining overall emotional balance.Wellness Centre organised a live webinar on Love & Relationship: Nurturing Emotional Immunity with psychology expert Dr. S.P.K.Jena (Professor, Applied Psychology, University of Delhi).
Date: 23rd September,2020
Quiz on Psychological First Aid:
Wellness Centre together with NSS organised a quiz on Psychological First Aids. This event was planned to motivate and spread awareness psychological First Aids and its importance after serious and unprepared traumas in life of any individual. In this !0 minute long quiz MCQs were asked and prizes worth Rs 3000 were awarded.
Date: 19th September,2020
Webinar on Importance of Self Efficacy:
In today’s world it’s very important for an individual to learn to stand on his own feet so as to encourage and motivate students Wellness Center IIT Roorkee conduct a webinar on “Self Efficacy” by Dr S.Kadhiravan (Controller of Examination, Dean of Social Science, Professor and Head of Department of Psychology (Periyar University)
Date: 2nd September,2020
Webinar on Boosting Healthy Internet Habits
Wellness Centre IIT Roorkee planned a webinar on “Boosting Healthy Internet Habits” by Prof. Manoj Kumar Sharma(Professor of Clinical Psychology, coordinator of SHUT(Service for Healthy Use of Technology) Clinic at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences(NIMHANS)banglore.
Date: 6th August, 2020