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Center for Holistic Wellness
Center for Holistic Wellness
On 25th October 2018, the Centre for Holistic Wellness (CHW) was inaugurated in Mithibai College, Vile Parle (West) at the hands of Chief Guest and famous actress, Dr. Nishigandha Wad. This Center is an outcome of the Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) guidelines. The Centre seeks to provide a holistic enrichment to students’ welfare through its focus on physical, psychological and spiritual (non-religious) wellbeing etc.
A panel of experts from different fields enlightened students about various facets of well-being. Dr. Manali Londhe, Principal of S.K Somaiya College, Vidyavihar spoke about Emotional Intelligence and Stress Management. She identified the major stressors for the present generation and suggested the technique of stress management through rational response. Mr. Chintan Naik, an alumnus of Mithibai College and a well-known Clinical Psychologist, spoke about Mental Health and different therapies. Ms. Sonali Chatterjee, former Head of the Department, Business Economics at Mithibai College, addressed the issue of Social Wellness through a secure and supportive social space, necessary for healing. Mr. Dileep Dauneria, from Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, while speaking about the role of Yoga in Wellness, highlighted the importance of Yoga in improving concentration, discipline and introspection. The last panellist, Mr. Harish Shetty, tried to a show a way from ‘Illness’ to 'Wellness' through ‘Aaharveda’.
A Music Therapy Session by Sarod maestro Pt. Vivek Joshi was organized under CHW on Monday, 1st April 2019 mainly for the first-year students to help them de-stress through soulful music and focus on examinations.
Mithibai is currently engaged in formalizing well-being of the students through programs such as 'HOPE' – peer counseling and providing a 'Home Away from Home' to outstation students. The inauguration of ‘Home Away from Home’ on 6th July 2019 received participation of approximately 200 students from 18 different states of India, who have joined the First Year Courses of Mithibai College. ‘Home Away from Home’ creates support system for out-station students, acclimatizing them to Mumbai and helping them to overcome routine problems. Both, faculty and students assist these students and provide guidance to them and also organize events and activities for them throughout the year. Dr. Rajpal Shripat Hande, Principal, Mithibai College appealed to these out-station students that though they were away from their homes and near and dear ones, they are not alone. They should consider Mithibai College as a ‘Home away from Home and the Principal and faculty as guardians. If they face any issues or problems, the faculty and the Students’ Council are always there to help and ensure a sound academic environment for all.
On 10th August 2019, the Centre for Holistic Wellness organized a talk on “Digital Detox” by the renowned Psychiatrist, Dr. Harish Shetty. The program was intended to enable students to understand the detrimental impact of excessive use of digital devices on their lives and strategies they could adopt to the same. Dr. Shetty spoke about the addiction to mobile and excessive use of digital devices that could lead to physical and mental health issues. Dr. Shetty stressed the need to detach from mainly mobile phones, using the technique of out of sight, out of mind. He provided certain strategies that students could use to detox from their digital bonds - namely, exposure and response prevention, tracking digital device usage, taking the support of family members, and engaging in activities like going to the gym, reading books to replace digital device usage, to name a few. Dr. Shetty thus advised that on an average only 4 to 5% of one’s day should be spent using such devices.
On Saturday, 31th August 2019 Ms. Swati Deepak, a Psychotherapist delivered a talk on ‘Dil Chahta Hai – a Psychological Perspective’ for mainly psychology students of Mithibai College. The speaker delved into various facets of human relationships and gave insight into how one can grow through improved understanding of relationships through screening of snippets of the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Students actively participated in the interaction with the guest speaker.
The CHW, Mithibai college has further activities lined up for academic year 2019-20 such as ‘Enliven the Classroom through Theatre exercises’ for the teaching faculty.   The centre plans to continue it synergetic approach to the well being of all stake holders through its   continuous series of activities.