The department of human development at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has recently started the service for providing psychological testing, guidance and counselling to children, adolescents and their parents.
Department head, Jatinder Kaur Gulati, said, “Psychological testing and counselling play an important role in the overall development of human beings, especially children.”
“We need to discover children right from their childhood. It is important to know their aptitude and certain weaknesses so that they can be handled accordingly. However, it is possible only if we provide them the right platform or give space to discover themselves. This is only possible through facilities, in which, both children and parents should be counselled,” expressed Gulati.
Revealing her source of inspiration behind initiative, she said, “Having attained PhD degree in child development, it was always in my mind to start the service, which is very common in most developed countries. It is also getting popular now in India and other developing countries due to its high credentials.”
Gulati said: “We also help children, who suffer from certain learning disabilities at schools.”
Deepika Vig, associate professor at the department, said, “In many cases, children are underestimated by their parents and teachers, which makes it arduous for a child to discover himself/herself, but counselling sessions can save children and help washing away tensions from their mind.”
As a message to parents, Neha Lakhanpal, psychologist at the department, said, “Parents must ensure they spend quality time with their children and keep peaceful environment at home. Secondly, if parents discover their child’s talent, they should always motivate them to follow their passion.”
Lakhanpal siad, “Most parents often believe that counselling is meant only for abnormal children, but its just a misconception. It is for all and helps discovering oneself.”
Gulati said, “The methods involve a lot of personal discussions and practical sessions including different personality tests and games. For undergraduate and post-graduate students, the department also offers short-duration courses on development and assessment of children, guidance and counselling, intervention strategies for children and families at risk and developmental assessment of children.”
District education officer (secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal lauded the effort of the PAU. Speaking to HT, she said, “I congratulate vice-chancellor BS Dhillon and the department head for starting these services. Truly, it is need of the hour to start such services. All parents and their children must go through counselling and psychological testing sessions, as they can be highly beneficial.”