Students' Welfare

Students' Welfare Deterioration of social control and support systems owing to changes in family structure and value systems; the negative influence of media and the social media in particular; the ever increasing academic pressures; change in attitudes; peer pressure etc. have all contributed to the evolution of an adolescent and young adult group in our society, highly vulnerable to stress and clueless on where to seek help.
In tune with the Rajagiri vision of holistic excellence of our students, the psychological well being of the students as well as the students’ grievances are taken care of, by the Student Welfare Office. This office renders timely help to those in need, irrespective of the nature of their issues- academic, personal, interpersonal or familial.
A student who needs help may either directly approach the Student Welfare Officer (SWO) or may be referred to the SWO by any member of the faculty, concerned parents, friends, guardians or hostel wardens.
The Student Welfare Officer, Dr. Silvy Mathew, completed her master’s in Social Work with specialization in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work from the Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery.
After a short stint as a Family Counselor in the Family Counseling Centre at Edakkunnu, Karukutty, she did the prestigious 2 year M.Phil program in Psychiatric Social Work at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS Deemed University), Bangalore. She has been trained in Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Family Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Neuro- Psychiatric Rehabilitation, De-addiction and various Psychotherapies.
Since her completion of M.Phil in 1996, she has been practicing as a counselor and has been actively involved in training post-graduate students of social work in the Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kalamassery. She simultaneously worked as a de-addiction counselor at the center for Treatment & Rehabilitation of the Alcoholics & Drug Addicts (TRADA), on a part time basis.
In 2000, she enrolled for PhD under the UGC-JRF scheme. In 2005 she was awarded PhD in Psychiatric Social Work by the Mahatma Gandhi University for her study on the high risk behaviours of the Medical, Engineering and Non-Professional undergraduate students in Bangalore. She joined RSET in August 2008 and has been functioning in the capacity of the Student Welfare Officer, except for a one year hiatus in 2017, for clinical practice in the Child Guidance Clinic associated with the Peejays Policlinic, Panampilly Nagar, Ernakulam.
She is also the convener of the Students’ Welfare Committee (SWC), which suggests and conducts various welfare activities for the students from time to time, incorporating suggestions from students as well as staff members.

Contact Details:
E Mail: silvy@rajagiritech.edu.in
Ph: 9961614500