HRD Ministry Launches Helpline to Provide Psychosocial Support for Students, Teachers, Parents

In an effort to provide psycho-social support and counseling to students, teachers and parents amid the pandemic, the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has recently launched a helpline and website called Manodarpan.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Centre announced a nationwide classroom shutdown as one of the ways to limit the spread of Covid19. But, to ensure continuity of learning and avoid loss of time, schools have had to re-model and re-imagine their teaching methods. This has caused unexpected changes to children’s academic and social life, leading to the possibility of a rise in mental health issues.

This shift has also deeply affected parents, who are not only concerned about their children’s education, but are also struggling to balance working from home and the possibility of guiding children through more months of distance learning.

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