Jain (Deemed-to-be University)’s unit “Vishwas” organized an inter campus fest – Soukhya to propagate mental health awareness on 29 August 2019. Mental illness is a taboo even today in our society and people who seek help are often looked through colored glasses. Having understood that as the problem , Vishwas choose to be solution focused by involving students in activities connected to mental health is the best way to help them internalize the learning because most of you fall in the kinesthetic learning preference group. Hence a series of competitions were planned ranging from storytelling, skit, short film making, poster competition, book review etc. Each campus had their campus level competition over past one month and only the winners of each campus presented their talents in the finale. Soukhya, unlike any other fest is not a platform to showcase only extracurricular talents. The contests are also judged based on relevance to the psychological theme.
The Director of CMS and CMS Business School Dr. Dinesh Nilkant welcomed the guest and gathering and said 60 % of the students are facing Mental Health problem. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Ravindra Bhandary, Vice President of Jain Group of Institutions. He said, mental Health and physical health goes hand in hand. Students have to overcome the stress.
Mr. Harish Bhuvan the founder of “Compassionate Clowns” was the chief guest for the program He spoke about how mental health awareness is an essential part of campus learning. He launched the Instagram page of Vishwas - Vishwasgram. Approximately 250 students from 7 campuses attended the event.
Vishal C, alumni of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) and teaching and non-teaching staff of Jain Group of Institution were present in the event. The competitions were unique with concepts of mental health being discussed and debated by students. Winners of all the 7 events were felicitated and cash award was given to all the winners. Dr. Uma Warrier, Chief counselor of Vishwas and Chief Guest distributed the prizes among the winners. Soukhya could motivate even the not so confident ones also to participate.