CBSE’s ‘Dost for Life’: A holistic approach towards students’ psycho-social well-being

Designed for the ease, convenience and utility of students within the safe home environment, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has come up with a counselling app – ‘Dost for Life’ – for the students of 9th to 12th standard.

The purpose of the app is to cater to students from CBSE-affiliated schools in different geographies across the nation to educate students related to psychological and social wellness. The app conducts cost-free live counselling sessions thrice a week on Monday, Friday, and Wednesday by counsellors, principals and teachers, who are specifically trained to handle behavioural and emotional challenges.

These sessions will be conducted by CBSE with a total of 83 volunteers from around the globe, of which 66 are from India and 17 are from the USA, Nepal, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, and Japan. Students can choose any of the two-time slots: 9.30 am to 1.30 pm or 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm and connect through a Chatbox as per their convenience.

Salient features of ‘Dost for Life’ counselling app

Here are some of the key features that will help students in achieving their goals. The key features include:

Counselling Sessions: The dedicated counselling session provides information and training about the plethora of topics related to students

Expert Opinion: This section includes resources by experts that can aid students in improving themselves on a variety of topics like

  1. COVID-19-related protocol and audio-visual messages
  2. A suggestive course guide after 12th standard
  3. Tips on mental well-being, social, emotional and behavioural.

With over 1 lakh downloads already, the app can be downloaded from the following link

Additionally, CBSE has also issued a detailed manual in which the participation of school, family, teachers and society for the psychological health of the students has been described.

The manual can be accessed through the link:

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