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    “Most of the students comes to us not for academics but for the parents pressure during their exams. They are mostly tensed due to comparison with their own siblings or the children next door,” said Richa Singh founder of Yourdost a online support system for depressed people. She along with Dr. Flavia Agnes visited Parul University for a one day national seminar on Gender Balance and Occupational Choices.

    The one day National Seminar on “Gender Stereotyping And Occupational Choices: Women In India” held on 9th of March through joint efforts of Parul Institute of Law, in collaboration with the National Commission For Women New Delhi. As the the chief guests to this occasion, the conference host two of India’s leading and exceptional female personalities, first the founder of Yourdost Richa Singh, along with Dr FIavia Agnes, a prominent legal personality.

    Richa Singh an IIT Guwahati alumnus, was the brain child of the Yourdost.com an online emotional support system where people suffering from depression among other mental health related issues have been receiving help from experts. The success of this ever growing initiative is seen through the outstanding impact by stopping over 70 000 people from committing suicide. The support system also help the students during their exams to fight with their tension.

    “We are surprised to see students coming to us for advice not in academics but for the family pressure during exams. Some feared that they are not able to score like their siblings or the children from neighbourhood. Some thinks they will not shine the name of the family and some of them are having complicated relationships with their parents like we see specially in Gujarat. We just want to say that please give the exams in relax minds and if possible talk to your dear ones and friends about your depressions and don’t hide and fight with yourself,” said Richa Singh.

    She also added that 60% of cases are coming from metro cities like Delhi. Mumbai and Bangalore. Rest 40% from Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and Gujarat is also in the list where they get calls from students of Ahmedabad and Surat cities the most. Rather than other cities students here in Gujarat mostly discuss the complicated relationship with their parents and the pressure of what to do in future after the studies. She said they just want to convey the message that life is a gift and don’t waste it. Her organisation is also designing programmes of gambling,  maternity and addiction related pressures to reach out to the people more.

    Dr Agnes founder of MAJLIS NGO share her various contributions in the legal fraternity, towards women’s rights, in her constant fight against social ills. Ever since the foundation of her NGO in 1990, her centre has been offering legal assistance to over 50,000 women along with offering consultancy to over 150,000 women.

    The seminar motivate the female students and staff members of Parul University, during this idea sharing platform. The aim is to broaden the mindset about gender equality and also to make choices about their careers. The theme for this year Women’s Day is Balance for Better and as topics of discussion, various research papers were presented in the areas of educational enrolment, gender policies, gender stereotyped jobs and women and career stability. These topics will go a long way in shading the light on various gender related issues, as well as propagating the need for gender equality amongstthe students of Parul University.

    From the date of its inception in 2016, the Institute of Law under Parul University, has made vast contributions to the social. academic and legal field through the organising of various distinct State, National and International level events and programs. The multidisciplinary Institution, has taken various academic and social based initiatives in the areas of labour laws, child rights, Intellectual property. constitutional awareness, and in addition to these, it has now taken the initiative of organising this yet to be held National Seminar.

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