Students of classes VIII-XII, i.e. the adolescents, from premier 25 schools of Delhi NCR, along with their teachers and some parents participated in a symposium on ‘Adolescence- A Period of Bumps and Humps’ organised by Advance Healthcare Foundation, supported by Aakash Educational Services Ltd. (AESL) and Hindustan Petroleum at India International Centre from 9am to 1pm.
Advance Healthcare Foundation is a Kolkata-based organization that works on many verticals including Critical Care, Disaster Management, CPR, Problems faced by Adolescents to name a few.
The one of its kind symposium saw a galaxy of senior medical practitioners speaking and interacting with an audience comprising of parents and teachers of adolescent children and of course, the young adults themselves.
Honorable Health Minister of India, Dr Harshvardhan was invited to inaugurate the event. However, he could not attend due to his official trip abroad but he conveyed best wishes to the organisers for the success of the symposium.
The distinguished guests for the symposium included Dr. Kiran Sharma, Technical Officer at World Health Organization, country office, Ms. Suman Doonga, the Director Media of SPIC MACAY. The creative communication team represented the theme of the event very beautifully through their dance, powered by Karam.
The students, teachers and parents were able to hear about ‘Knowing About Sexual Abuse- Being Your Own Guardian Angel’ from Dr Eish Singhal, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi.He informed the adolescents the important helpline numbers they could reach out to whenever needed and also the ways to prevent oneself from falling prey to being sexually abused and the POCSO act.
He stressed on the importance of knowing about self-defence and also focused on sexual abuse of men. The discussions proceeded further through the means of questions, each of which were answered by Dr. Singhal.
The symposium witnessed presentations and healthy discussions on several other topics like ‘Adolescence- An Age when your Hormones go on a Roller Coaster Ride’ by Dr. S.K Wangnoo, senior consultant, Endocrinology, at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital; ‘Adolescent’s Addiction to Technology for DOs and DON’Ts on Social Media’ by Dr. Imran Noorani, Child & Adolescent Psychologist, a senior consultant at Sir Gangaram Hospital; ‘Battling Depression- the Dark Demon that engulfs many Adolescents’ by Dr. Smita Deshpande, renowned Psychiatrist from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital; ‘Stop Drug Abuse, Alcohol Consumption and Smoking: the evils of today’s world’ by Dr. Rajesh Gupta, senior consultant pulmonogist and Associate Director at Max Super speciality hospital, Vaishali.
There was a panel discussion on the topic ‘Lifestyle and Thought Processes of Adolescents- Building IR (RESPONSIBLE) Future Citizens’ with a galaxy of senior medical practitioners like Dr. Rakesh Tandon, Retd. Head of the Dept., Gastroenterology, AIIMS, Dr. Siddharth Waghulkar, Nutrition Officer, WFP- India, Dr. Abhilasha Jain, Endocrinologist at Aakash Healthcare, Mr. Satish Kaushik, Consultant Psychologist and Certified Hapiness Coach. The adolescents had all their doubts and questions satiated by the experts who answered all the questions raised patiently.
The event ended with an oath taken by all the adolescents present in the auditorium where they pledged to uphold the values of global citizenship and to put in efforts to make the earth an abode of fraternity, equality, liberty and humanity.
Every student who participated in the event had a certificate to acknowledge their participation, a large amount of information delivered to them not by texts, but by presentations and discussions, an enriching experience of hearing and interacting with the experts who’d taken out time from their busy schedules to contribute in building responsible future citizens, a realisation that if they were determined to achieve the goal of creating a better place for themselves and a better world in whole, they could start paving the path towards it right now, at this very age!