It is for concerned parents to create a better atmosphere that allows students to concentrate on their studies. Why are they being made to travel long distances – why not rent an apartment closer to the college or shift the child into the hostel, if there is one. Why is the child compelled to do household chores? For a student, the prime responsibility must be towards studies. Household chores can be taken up by other members of the family, especially, if they are a reason for stress. A child must be provided with an atmosphere that is conducive to studies.
Colleges concentrate only on academics. They cannot be held responsible for the stress the outside factors cause. If a parent recognises the reasons for their child's stress, then it is for the parent to take remedial measures. Don't shift the onus on someone else.
"A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak." -Michael Garrett Marino
During the studies of Intermediate, the parents should take care of their children and monitor them very carefully. They should be concentrating on the health part of their wards and see that they will get good nutritious food and sufficient sleep. We can't expect the college lecturers to take care of all the matters of the students which are humanly not possible.
Regarding challenges of student life and completing the task and participating in household tasks, I think it is part of growing up and learning how to manage things in life. We have all done this to varying degrees.
If they have yoga sessions at school/college that would certainly enable them to relax. I think as parents, we should learn to ease the pressure we apply to them too. Parents can watch out for signs of stress in their kids and seek help as and when appropriate.
Regarding reducing the time during travel and avoiding work at home, this would certainly free up time in their schedule to focus on studies and allocating some time now and then to unwind.