First meeting of Expert committee constituted by UGC to discuss issues related to Examinations and Academic Calender in the time of Covid 19, through video conferencing
CHANDIGARH,10/4/20-Prof Raj Kumar,Vice Chancellor, Chandigarh attended the first meeting of Expert committee constituted by UGC to discuss issues related to Examinations and Academic Calender in the time of Covid 19, through video conferencing, here today.
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The silver lining to coronavirus lockdown : people are high on hope, finds PU research survey
CHANDIGARH,10.04.20-: A majority of Indians are high on optimism and hope despite a life-altering disruption caused by the nation-wide lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic, reveals an online research survey by psychology department of Panjab University in Chandigarh., informed Prof Seema Vinayak, Chairperson.
The survey findings mapping the psycho-social impact of the Covid-19 upheaval on the homebound people and their coping strategies were released here on Friday.
“That an overwhelming majority of respondents ( 96 %) have reported a positive emotional and mental health is the silver lining to the bleak public mood since the virus outbreak” says psychologist Prof Seema Vinayak who carried out the research investigation between April 6 and 9.
The survey was responded by over 400 people of diverse age groups and social strata, having the internet access, in over dozen states across the nation that has been under an unprecedented lockdown since March 25.
“A new sense of family bonding has acted as a cushion for stress, anxiety and fear arising out of uncertainty, and also upped the happiness quotient of members” said Vinayak. Much of the positive outlook among people, according to the survey, is a prolonged period of togetherness forced upon the families by the curfew-like stay-at-home norms.
Interestingly, elderly respondents, who generally experienced loneliness in normal times due to busy lives of younger family members, reported a significant surge in their emotional well-being owing to a greater interpersonal interactions in homes. The lockdown appears to have offset the empty nest syndrome in many cases.
At least two-thirds of respondents reported that enjoying nature , yoga , meditation and physical exercise in the confines of home helped them cope with the stressors of an unabated pandemic and an open-ended lockdown.
Impact on livelihood, uncertainty on academic and professional lives, continued raging of corona virus and loss of social life emerged as the top-of- the-mind worries among respondents.
Yet, most are high on hope about the post-lockdown future. Trust in the government’s steps to deal with the virus outbreak, a likely invention of vaccine, greater focus on health care and increased awareness about hygiene were mentioned as bright spots by three-fourths of respondents.