1 Feb 2020

Symposium on Adolescence – A Period of Bumps and Humps

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun takes pride to be the Cultural Partner of Symposium: Adolescence – A Period of Humps and Bumps, organized by Advance Healthcare Foundation (from New Delhi) in ONGC Auditorium, Dehradun on Saturday 01 Feb 2020. Dr. Geetha Heggde, Dean of School of Business, UPES was felicitated in the presence of Chief Guest Shri Premchand Aggarwal (Speaker of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly) and Guest of Honor Shri Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’, Mayor, Dehradun and Shri Ram Singh , Senior RSS Leader and other dignitaries. Dr. Hiranmoy Roy (Head of Economics Dept.) and Dr. Sumeet Gupta (Head of General Management Dept.) from UPES along with four MBA students attended the event. Around 31 school across Dehradun with over 550 Students and accompanying Teachers participated in the event.  

Dr. Geetha Heggde presided as a panelist in the Panel Discussion and deliberations and addressed questions from students. Other Panelist consisted of Nivedita Kukreti, IPS, Doctors, and members from the fields of Education, Yoga, Psychology and Social Work. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat was unable to attend the event,  in  lieu his adviser Mr. Alok did. Mr Alok. expressed the need of such awareness and guiding workshops for children and also added how the participation and collaboration of Educational Institutions and other Organizations can bring about change. The gathering was also addressed by the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor who appreciated the Advance Healthcare Foundation’s initiative, which guides schools dealing with physical and mental issues linked to adolescence.

Adolescence is the most critical phase in a person's life, it is the age when one paves the path to become responsible future citizens. Children attending school are in an age, where they need guidance over wide range of health issues pertaining to sexuality, reproductive health, hygiene and mental issues. Keeping this in mind, the event was able to successfully help students in making them aware of the factors related to sexual and reproductive health, how to deal with depression, whom to approach for help and briefly about POCSO Act (Protection of Children Against Sexual offences). Gender equality was promoted in the speeches of speakers from Field Experts. Students freely interacted with the Panel members and got their questions answered. The event thus proved to be instrumental for the confused, anxious, and depression prone adolescents in providing them with the knowledge they needed.