Until a few days ago, 17-year-old Kritika R (name changed) was oozing with confidence about doing well in the II PUC examination, commencing on March 15. But with the D-Day round the corner, her anxiety levels shot up and she found that she could not retain most of what she studied. Anxious and frustrated, Kritika had to reach out to Sahayavani, the helpline launched on February 27 by PU department to help students like her. With just two days to go for the crucial examinations to commence, students are reaching out big time to the helpline. On certain days, we receive as many as 200 calls from students. These are mostly from those who are crumbling under the exam pressure.
We counsel them on issues like method of preparation, study skills, memory power improvement, time management, doubts about future career, peer pressure and behavioural change during the examination, to mention a few, said Shreena EA, clinical psychologist, Nimhans, who is at the helpline. The helpline that operates for seven hours in a day has tilled now received around 1,000 calls from fretful students. The facility has as many as 16 Ph.D scholars from Nimhans who have been deployed to help students deal with anxiety and exam pressure. We are surprised looking at the number of calls we have received till date.
This clearly reflects on the stress level prevailing among these students, said Shreena. The helpline also has department officers to advise students on issues like loss of examination ticket, mistakes on admission ticket and general information about CET. The helpline is open between 10 am and 5.30 pm. The morning hours are handled by PU department officials, while the session from 3pm to 5.30 pm is managed by experts from Nimhans. We have maintained an average number on daily basis, which are 80-100 calls. Although the facility will be shut from March 14, we will resume it a week before the results. We will continue for 45 days, till the process of revaluation is over, said Rashmi V, director of Department of PU Education.
Help at Hand:
Helpline works seven hours every day, has as received 1,000 calls till date. Experts advise on issues ranging from improving memory power to time management.
5.96 L TO Take Exams:
The II PU examinations will be held from March 15th to 30th. The department of pre university education has released details of the number of students appearing this year and subject-wise break-up. This year, 5,96,097 students will sit for the exam at 923 centres across the state. Of them, 4,28,378 students fall in the fresher’s category. The number of boys appearing is 3,20,445, while girls is 2,75,652.
Courtesy: Times of India