Project Bandhu was initiated by alumni of the Class of 1992, as a part of their Silver Jubilee Reunion in 2017. They pledged to support IIT Bombay, and help students to enhance their emotional well-being. Based on a study of the practices at other leading international universities, there are a number of initiatives under this project which aim to improve help seeking behaviour, identify those in need of care, build resilience and life skills in students.
As a first step in this direction, they have already launched a self-help website for students (iitb-bandhu.com) which has been painstakingly designed with curated content for our students. Bandhu has been designed in conjunction with the counsellors at IIT Bombay along with external experts with support from the Dean Student Affairs and Dean Alumni and Corporate Relations. It addresses challenges ranging from adjustment to college life, academic stress, and mental health. Bandhu has curated reads, motivational alumni journeys, expert podcasts and tools for self exploration. The website was launched in the presence of the Minister of State, Sanjay Dhotre (https://youtu.be/Pust9sjCBxc)
They have also developed a web application to strengthen the mentorship programs which already exist on campus. They have created a team of two people, a project manager and a psychologist who are dedicated to this project. They plan to make this a large campus wide initiative with various activities such as events/ workshops for students, gatekeeper training for faculty and campus staff and are looking into ways of providing 24x7 support to students.
Take a look at the backstory and get a glimpse of the website