Students in Haryana worried about their careers amidst Covid curbs
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CHANDIGARH: Students in Haryana between the ages of 18 and 29 are concerned about their exams, careers and Employment opportunities amid lockdown and restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They were equally concerned about families running out of rations due to lack of jobs. They also struggled to adapt to online courses.

These facts were brought to light in an evaluation of a Bengaluru-based startup ‘YourDOST’ in collaboration with the state university ministry. The results were published on Wednesday.

The online counseling and emotional wellness services platform provides free assistance to more than 1,00,000 college students in Haryana.

Richa Singh, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ‘YourDOST’, said: “We started this initiative in April in partnership with the State Department of Higher Education. To date, we have held more than 1,000 sessions with students to motivate them by offering expert guidance . ”

“During the conduct of these sessions, we identified three main issues that were particularly bothering students during the lockdown. They are concerned about their families running out of rations, worry about their exams, job opportunities and career choices, and ultimately have trouble getting themselves adapt online lessons, a new trend that emerged during the lockdown, “she added.

After the Covid-19 pandemic, students have become one of the most vulnerable parts of society that have come under tremendous pressure.

Adding to this emotional turmoil was the isolation of physical distancing to be safe.

The ‘YourDOST’ hotline 1800 313 2023 enables students to talk to experts about their personal challenges.

The experts help them navigate through their feelings and emotions and thereby better deal with the situation.

Beneficiary Prabhan Hisar shared his experience: “It is very useful in these times and for anyone who needs support. I would like to thank ‘YourDOST’ from the bottom of my heart.”

“I was particularly concerned about my studies and my career. The expert I spoke to guided me so well. I feel a lot better now,” added Ankit Makkar from Rohtak.

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