Ashoka's residential setting offers a unique opportunity for students to intimately be part of a strong, opinionated and active community. In this context, students may become vulnerable to stress and anxiety that comes with achieving perfect grades and coping with the social demands of campus life.
The physical and emotional separation from hometowns and families adds to the aforemntioned adjustment issues. Consequently, students have been found to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. In 2016, the ACWB was established as a safe space that offers free and confidential individual and group counselling support for students, staff and faculty at Ashoka. Dr. Arvinder J. Singh (Director, ACWB) is focused on early intervention and capacity building. “Members of a community are best suited to support each other. Our team of counselors, professionals and volunteers offers a range of services to help Ashoka’s stakeholders in building emotional resources and developing better coping strategies.