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Experts to help school kids plan career

india Updated: Aug 15, 2010 08:23 IST
Gaurav Tripathi

Students sometimes flounder in their choice of a career, and parents often push them into certain fields totally against their wish.

Now, experts will ascertain the acumen, aptitude and area of interest of school students with the help of scientific methods and help identify the fields in which they can excel.

The Central Government has proposed the national school mental health programme, as part of which clinical psychologists and psychiatrists will visit schools once a week to test the Intelligent Quotient (IQ) and aptitude of students. The countrywide exercise is aimed at filtering out students according to their area of interest.

“Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni might not have done well academically but I am sure their IQ level was good. Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra is a school drop-out but with her IQ and aptitude she excelled in movies. With the use of scientific methods we will be able to accurately identify the area of interest of schoolchildren. Subsequently parents and teachers will be counselled to encourage their wards in their particular area of interest so that they can do well in life, even if they show poor academic results,” Dr (Maj) Rakesh Saxena, in-charge national mental health programme told Hindustan Times.

Highly placed officials associated with the programme told HT, “Looking at the policy of China that has produced good professionals in every field, it is the need of hour to identify and polish talent at school level.

Normally teachers fail to ascertain the aptitude of students and parents press their child to concentrate on studies, though he or she may have the potential to become an ace shuttler.

But with the help of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, we will identify accurately in which field a kid can be groomed with efficacy.”

Psychiatrists associated with the programme also said it was imperative to identify those students who had 'conduct disorder' or suffered from 'tension deficit hyperactive disorder'.

Dr (Maj) Saxena said, “In both these problems the children are hyperactive but lack interest in studies.

Our task would be to filter out the students who really want to become doctors, engineers and scientists and to identify kids who are not good at studies but have the potential to become world class players in any sport or can do well in other fields like movies.”