Arul Anandar College (AAC) (Autonomous) goes beyond the walls of the classroom – beyond the traditional teaching-learning - to foster “unity of Heart, Mind and Soul: Developing the whole person and integrating all aspects of our lives.” With this integral formation in mind, and in line with the values and traditions of the Society of Jesus, AAC is committed to offering Counselling Services.
Counselling and Mentoring programmes at AAC are geared towards the development of holistic persons – personal and professional development along with acquiring knowledge and skills, and positivity and optimism in life. Their prime objective is to enable all the students to overcome the hurdles in the process of learning, emotional imbalance and social disabilities. Since a considerable number of students at AAC are from rural backgrounds, AAC takes extra care in mentoring the students who are academically, socially and economically underprivileged.
Counselling Services are offered by professional counsellors and competent faculty members who focus on the Jesuit value of ‘Cura Personalis’, which means “Care for the individual person”. Each student is ‘respected as a child of God’. The counsellors take genuine efforts in motivating and guiding the students to develop ‘critical thinking and commitment to responsible action‘.
Mentor Care forms an integral part of the Counselling Services at AAC. Faculty members who take the role of mentors exemplify the ‘Magis’, the Jesuit value of striving for excellence. They cater to the felt needs of mentees of their respective departments by holding periodic meetings. They motivate the mentees by monitoring their academic progress and suggesting ways to perform better. If, in case, the students require mental men support, the mentor takes the initiative to refer the wards to the Counsellors. In all, the mentors form a firm base and offer genuine support to students who seek guidance for a right career, higher education or a successful living.
AAC wants to transform students into persons, robust in character, ‘Men and Women for others’ who will reach out to the poor and the marginalized. The Counselling Services Team at AAC gears all its activities to facilitate the students and the staff to share their gifts and sharpen their sense of justice to create a New Aspirational India.
Awareness programmes and training sessions are regularly organized for the benefit of the students and faculty members, respectively. Some of the programmes that have been conducted during the past years:
●Problem Solving Skills
●Memory Techniques and Developing Positive Attitude (The Slow Learners)
●Memory Techniques and Learning Skills
●Enhancing the Self and Learning Skills
●men Risks of Alcohol
●Mental men Issues
●Facing Challenges & Family Life
●Commitment of Students Towards Social Issues
●men Issues and Nutrition
●First Aid in Mental men
●Emotional and Mental men Issues on Campus
●Blue Whale Suicide Game: A Threat to Life of the Students
●Ethically bootstrapping career while at college
Conducting such need-based programmes is one of the best practices of the college. As the purpose of the Counselling Services is to improve student’s emotional balance and social intelligence, it undertakes remedial measures towards student empowerment. The indicators of the success of the Counselling Services are: it has created positive vibes among the stakeholders, highly influenced the personal and professional lives of students and induced a strong optimistic approach in the young minds.
Rev.Dr. John Pragasam SJ
Rev.Dr.U. Godwin Rufus SJ
Team of Counsellors & Mentor Care
Rev. R. Jesu Michael Das SJ
Dr. G. Ramkumar
Coordinator (Shift I)
Mr. P. Ramachandran
Coordinator (Shift II)
Rev. Dr. A. Antonysamy SJ
Dr. C. Mabel Joshaline
Dr. S. Arockia Sarvia
Dr. M. Easuraja
Ms. K. Mangayakarasi
Dr. P. Arockia Juliet
Rev. Fr. Raja SJ
Rev.Dr.Emmanuel Arockiam SJ
Karumathur - 625514