“N othing is more precious than the well-being of our students”. That thought guides every step at MAHE. The Student Support Centre (SSC) at MAHE is a confidential service devoted to supporting the emotional well-being of students.
The SSC is located in a quiet residential area that ensures privacy and accessibility. It offers psychotherapy sessions with qualified clinical psychologists, and arranges for consultations with visiting psychiatrists from Kasturba Hospital when required, with the consent of the student. All services at the SSC are covered by student insurance (Medicare) or university funds.
The SSC has also set up a student advisory board comprising student leaders and mental health advocates to ensure a peer-referral system and a student-friendly approach. The SSC conducts awareness campaigns and outreach sessions across institutes and extends the university’s efforts towards supporting differently-abled students. Modelled on the lines of counselling and wellness centres at the best universities in the world, the SSC is among very few such services in India. Since April 2017 the centre, which seeks to establish the university campus as a student-friendly and safe space that is sensitive to physical and mental disabilities, has supported over 1,000 students from various disciplines. The SSC’s objectives are to offer practical and constructive support to students in adjusting to a new environment and social or personal challenges that are specific to their age group and circumstances; spread awareness about ways to cope with academic pressures that often lead to mental health difficulties; and assist students with academic concerns that emerge from dealing with short- or long-term health conditions.
The SSC does not treat mental and physical disabilities as merely pathological problems but as more complex conditions that require the care of specialists who offer constant support through long periods of treatment and recovery and help combat the general social taboos associated with anxieties and depression on campus.
Excellent, swanky and clean hostels cater to the various campuses. With most of the students staying in hostels, there are a plethora of food courts and messes that cater to Indian and international students.
Besides a chief warden, all the hostels have wardens from the teaching faculty who are responsible for maintaining discipline, maintenance operations and allotment of rooms.
Marena, the centrally cooled, state-of-the-art sports complex at MAHE is one of the largest and best-equipped sports centres in Asia. It has been constructed as an indoor complex, keeping in mind the long monsoon season of coastal Karnataka.
Marena has a jogging track with a rubberised surface, a state-of-the-art gym, six squash courts, basketball, tennis and badminton courts, a cricket bowling machine, a kinesis circuit system and simulation games and a swimming pool. The complex also houses the Exercises & Sports Sciences Lab, which assesses and aids in the training of athletes and sportspersons.
Students at MAHE benefit from what is arguably the best Health Sciences Library in India spread over 1.5 lakh square feet and five levels. With a capacity to accommodate 1,300 students, the library is equipped with modern facilities, including access to the Internet and Web resources like online journals and e-books. Access to e-resources subscribed to by the library has also been provided for off-campus users. The library offers “Web-Scale Discovery Service” (single window search tool), open access resources, library catalogue and MAHE digital repository using a single search box. It is enabled with RFID technology, Wi-Fi and a closed circuit television system security. It provides various research/project support services such as access to Turnitin (originality check) and Grammarly (online grammar and spelling checker), organises author workshops, literature search services, and access to bibliographical and citation tools, that is, Scopus and Web of Science.