The Delhi University Women’s Association (DUWA) has an interesting history. The body was founded in 1964 by the then Vice-Chancellor CB Deshmukh, to bring together women from the varsity who would work for social causes. More importantly, they provided assistance to the soldiers who had fought in the Indo-Sino War of 1962 and the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, in ways of distributing rations, clothing supplies and the like. In present times, the Mind and Body Centre (MBC) initiated by the association in 2013, is garnering attention.

The Centre provides psychological counselling as well as naturopathic and homeopathic consultation, from Monday to Saturday between 10 am to 6 pm. According to DUWA Secretary Dr. Geeta Sahare, the institution receives roughly about 30 consultations daily from DU employees and students. She adds, “Most of our clients require counselling for psychological issues such as low self-esteem, family discords, anxiety, depression, exam-related stress, relationship problems, etc. We receive a large response particularly during the admission season, as aspirants seek guidance in their selection of college and the admission procedure.” Queries through email and telephonic conversations are also entertained by the centre. Those visiting the facility have to pay an annual registration fee of Rs 50, after which they can use the services for free.

Trained professionals provide homeopathic remedies for ailments such as cough and cold, hair loss, eye infections, migraine, etc.  In addition, free yoga classes are also provided by the centre. Those who are interested simply have to leave their contact details with the office and they’ll be notified once the classes begin. According to the DUWA website, their motive is to provide holistic care to the clients by attending to their physical, mental and emotional health needs.

The centre also houses a day-care facility for children of DU staff. Moreover, through the Durgabhai Deshmukh free school, the centre provides free education to lesser privileged children. Students from various DU colleges such as Lady Irwin College volunteer to interact with and help such children. According to Dr. Sahare, “We hope to expand the day-care centre, which is amongst the best in India.”

According to the Daily Mail, the facility received 18 cases within a month of its initiation and almost a thousand women have approached it so far. However, when asked about the MBC, most DU students are unaware of it. Even the few that know of it seem to be doubtful of the way in which they can approach the counselors. According to Shrishti Yadav, a second year student of Miranda House, “I have seen the facility as it is just across the road from my college. However, I didn’t know about the facilities provided by it. Now that I know of them, especially the yoga sessions, I’ll definitely try to attend them and also speak to my friends about it.”
The Mind and Body Centre can be reached at 1800-3000-7303 for telephonic counselling. Queries can also be sent at [email protected]

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Swareena Gurung
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