HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal took to Twitter to announce the launch of a new helpline number which will help students in Odisha cope with the stress and anxiety of the nationwide lockdown. This helpline has been launched by the HRD minister today, in collaboration with the University Grants Council (UGC). The minister expressed his delight on the launch of this helpline via a short video uploaded on Twitter.

Inaugurating the helpline “Bharosa” through a video conference, Pokhriyal lauded the initiative as it aims at providing mental and psychological assistance to the students of the institute.

In his tweet, he said,” Addressing the mental health concern of students is of great importance and the helpline, 08046801010, introduced by the university, is a good initiative.” In this short video, he also urged all other universities and higher education institutes to take similar steps for the betterment of students’ mental health.

400 call received in the pilot phase

The helpline has been launched and nearly 400 calls have been received by the team in the pilot phase, according to the vice-chancellor of the Central University of Odisha. He also said that the key feature of the helpline is to help students deal with the mental stress of this lockdown, according to PTI reports.

Because of the nationwide lockdown, all educational institutes have been shut down till further notice. The repeated extension of the lockdown has led to a lot of uncertainty for students with regard to the upcoming academic session 2020-21.

Educational institutes are holding online classes and courses to keep the students motivated and engaged during this lockdown. UGC and HRD ministry has also taken several measures where students can utilize their time and learn new skills during the nationwide lockdown.

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