The Career Guidance and Adolescent Counselling Cell under the Education Department on Thursday launched student fellowship clubs in 700 government and aided higher secondary schools.

Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb said the clubs would help students interact better with each other, share each others problems, and support themselves during times of crisis and distress.

He hoped the clubs would help instil more academic orientation in students. It would also help check substance abuse and other social evils from influencing students.

The government has allocated Rs.75 lakh for the clubs. Parents, teachers and social workers will interact with the fellowship club members. The department will establish help desks in schools to aid children who undergo various kinds of distresses, including sexual abuse.

Higher Secondary Director Muhammad Sagir presided over the function. State coordinator S. Nazeeb, Joint Director Anil Kumar and Kerala Mahila Samakhya Society director Dr. Seema Bhaskar, were among those present.