Saathi club
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Welcome to

Saathi club


IIT Guwahati Saathi Club

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
In the current climate of ever increasing stress, cut throat competition, and increasing consumerism, it is only natural for any of us to encounter social, personal, or academic problems. The constant pressure and expectation from oneself and significant others often leads to emotional or psychological turmoil, thus disturbing the peace of mind.

When one is away from his/her comfort zone, a mentor, a counsellor, a saathi emerges as ‘a shelter in the storm’. Saathi, the counselling service of IIT Guwahati, has experienced counsellors and a dedicated team who are ready to take the responsibility of guiding and supporting the students in their path towards success and self-fulfillment. This includes handling personal, family and peer problems as well as managing academics more responsibly.

The counsellors provide a comfortable and confidential environment where the students feel at ease to discuss anything that may be bothering them, and help find solution to their problems.

You can write to the counsellors directly here :

Why is counselling required?

Institutions such as IIT serve as a great place for higher learning and maximum life exposure to all, but at the same time it brings along some inevitable pressures from unexpected areas. Many thrive on the challenges of this stimulating environment, but at times people become tired, overwhelmed, irritable, anxious or depressed. In such matters, typically people struggle with their issues internally, mulling them over in their mind trying to sort out possible solutions to their dilemmas. They may speak with family members and friends, but they may feel it is not enough. At this stage, it is reasonable as well as crucial to speak with a counsellor.

What is counselling?

Counselling is an interactive process characterized by a unique relationship between counsellor and client that leads to change in the client in one or more of the following areas:

  • Behaviour (overt changes in the ways clients’ act, their coping skills, decision making skills, and/or relationship skills)
  • Beliefs and values (ways of thinking about self, others, and the world) or emotional concerns relating to these perceptions
  • Level of emotional distress (uncomfortable feelings or reactivity to environmental stress).

The counselling process is conducted with an accurate empathetic understanding, unconditional positive regard and genuineness towards the clients’ condition in a non-judgemental, confidential and mutually respectful manner.

Services offered

The cell provides a safe and friendly space for students to share their feelings, concerns and issues with the Counsellors without the fear of being belittled or ignored.
Some of the areas explored in the cell are:

  • Homesickness or adjustment problems
  • Lack of motivation
  • Unresolved conflicts
  • Low Self-esteem / Personality issues
  • Family , relationship conflicts
  • Anger / Aggression
  • Sleep problems
  • Intimacy, commitment or relationship issues
  • Family relationship/ conflicts
  • Worried about future/career
  • Increased dependency on substances/ internet usage/ social media and the like
  • Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour
  • Depression
  • Thoughts and feelings of suicide

Some common misconception about counselling

Many people have pre – conceived ideas or no idea of what counselling is about. Usually these ideas include some myths or misconceptions which may induce doubts in people’s mind and proves to be a hindrance in getting the help they need and deserve. Three of the most common myth prevailing in the campus is as follows:

  • MYTH: If I go for counselling people will think I am crazy or mentally ill.
    REALITY: The vast majorities of people who undergo counselling are usually the ones experiencing some difficulties and problems in their day to day life which makes their stress overwhelming and make them unable to cope with the pressures of life. Clients come from all walks of life and from variety of occupations.

  • MYTH: To seek counselling is a sign of my weakness.
    REALITY: This mentality has originated from a subtle subconscious message prevalent in the society that men are supposed to be strong, both physically as well as emotionally. This usually results into men trying to keep their feelings hidden and internalize their pain even at the cost of their emotional health. In such a situation if the person is attempting to address his problem by seeking counselling it is certainly a sign of emotional strength and courage rather than weakness.

  • MYTH: People (teachers/ friends/ parents) will know that I went for counselling.
    REALITY: Counselling is a confidential arrangement between the client and the counsellor. A counsellor will not release information to anybody without taking prior permission from the client. Only those people will come to know whom the client themselves decides to tell.