Delhi: Students from Jamia University will examine brain imaging, brain activity, biochemical and neuro-physiological parameters that may predispose to stress, anxiety or depression. They will also provide treatment to deal with these complications. The interesting thing is that this research will be done through yoga. University students and staff will be enrolled to participate in the study over the course of three years of study. Yoga and other psychological treatments will be done at both Jamia and MDNIY.
Jamia Millia Islamia has received funding from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to investigate the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation. The research, conducted in collaboration with the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), will investigate the brain health benefits of yoga using molecular tools and neuronal activity recording.
The Principal Investigator of Jamia is Dr. Tanveer Ahmed from MCARS who will work closely with Dr. Sushma Suri, Dr. Meena Usmani, Department of Psychology and Dr. S. Lakshmi Kandan from MDNIY. Dr. Ahmed said, “This research work is relevant following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in a spurt in mental health issues around the world. It is scientifically clear that the new work-culture in colleges and universities Students go through stress, anxiety, and sometimes even depression when exposed to exposure to alcohol. Notably, a large number of studies from the past year on PTA show an increased risk of neurological complications in people who themselves or their family members. Apart from this, the data received also clearly highlights the concerns about the mental health of students who are on the receiving end. Now as colleges and universities open up, stress among students, Anxiety and depression levels have gone up significantly.”
Director of MCARS Prof. Mohammad Zulfekar said that this research work will benefit the students in a big way, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on their mental health. Hence, the timely assistance provided by DST will help in identifying the students who may be in urgent need of intervention. Dr SN Kazim, Deputy Director, MCARS, said that this research work will lead to the development of a comprehensive mental health data base and JMI’s initiative will serve as a model for other universities and colleges across India as they will soon start offline classes. are preparing to do.
Dr. Ahmed, Dr. Suri and Dr. Usmani thanked the Vice Chancellor, Professor Najma Akhtar for his support in carrying out research in socially relevant areas. The team invited Dean Faculty Natural Sciences, Professor Seema Farhat Basir for their guidance and Prof. Kiya Sirkar for helping in getting Human Ethical Clearance from Jamia.
first published:Feb. 11, 2022, 7:27 pm