Union HRD Minister launches MANODARPAN  initiative of Ministry of HRD to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being

      WHY IN NEWS:

MANODARPAN is a step towards Prime Ministers vision of AtmaNirbhar Bharat  : Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Human Resource Development
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Human Resources


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Union HRD Minister also inaugurated a  National Toll-free Helpline , a special web page of MANODARPAN , and a Handbook as part of MANODARPAN initiative



MANODARPAN initiative is to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being .


  • National Toll-free Helpline (8448440632),
  • A special  special web page of MANODARPAN on the portal of HRD Ministry, and
  • A Handbook on MANODARPAN.


  • This Global pandemic is not only a serious medical concern, but also brings mixed emotions and psycho-social stress for all.

Children and adolescents may experience heightened level of stress, anxiety and fearfulness.

  • It is important to focus on continuing education on the academic front, the mental well-being of the students also needs to be given equal importance.


  • MANODARPAN covering a wide range of activities to provide Psychosocial Support to students for their Mental Health & Well-being during the COVID outbreak and beyond.
  • Experts from the fields of education, mental health and psycho social issues as its members, has been set up to monitor.
  • This will strengthen human capital and increasing productivity and efficient reform and initiatives for the Education sector.


Web-page named MANODARPAN- Psychosocial Support for Mental health & Well-being has been created.

  • The Web-site of the Ministry of Human Resource Development has this page.
  • The Web-page contains advisory, practical tips, posters, podcasts, videos, do’s and don’ts for psychosocial support, FAQs and online query system.


  • A National Toll-free helpline (8448440632) has also been set up.
  • This unique helpline shall be managed by a pool of experienced counselors/ Psychologists .
  • Through this helpline tele-counselling will be provided to the students to address their mental health and psychosocial issues.

Pandemic has affected children as well as adults psychologically and emotionally.

  • In such a climate, we need organised and institutionalized help.
  • MANODARPAN initiative are envisaged to facilitate a sustainable psychological support system for students, families and teachers.


  • Advisory guidelines for students, teachers and faculty of School systems and Universities along with families.
  • Web page on the MHRD website, which will carry advisory, practical tips, posters, videos, do’s and don’ts for psychosocial support, FAQs and online query system.
  • National level database and directory of counsellors at School and University level whose services can be offered voluntarily for Tele-Counselling Service on the National Helpline.
  • National Toll-free Helpline by the MHRD for a country wide outreach to students from school, universities and colleges.

Handbook on Psychosocial Support: Enriching Life skills & Wellbeing of Students to be published online.

  • The booklet will include FAQs, Facts & Myths and will also cover ways and means to manage emotional and behavioural concerns.
  • Interactive Online Chat Platform for contact, counselling and guidance by psychologists and other mental health professionals .
  • Webinars, audio-visual resources including videos, posters, flyers, comics, and short films to be uploaded as additional resource materials on the webpage.
  • Crowd sourcing from students all over the country will be encouraged as peer support.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Mental health has a reciprocal relationship with the well-being and productivity of a society and its members.
  • We should also come forward as a more cohesive and mutually interdependent society.


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