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Volume 5, Issue 10 | October 2021

JIBS awarded two prestigious grants, and organises e-certificate programmes and conferences

JIBS awarded grants from International Brain Research Organisation


In a significant academic development, the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) has been awarded two grants — the Global Engagement Seed Grant and the Brain Awareness Week Grant — by the prestigious International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO).


The Global Engagement Seed Grant provides monetary, logistical and human resources’ support to JIBS to further its transdisciplinary research in neurosciences and also expands the community outreach initiatives of the institute in disseminating information about Neurodevelopmental Disorders (NDDs).  The grant also covers a week-long event, Neurodevelopmental disorders and Society: A Neuroscience Engagement and Outreach Event, which would be organised by JIBS in May next year, with a primary focus on enhancing research on NDDs.


The grant — awarded by the IBRO worldwide since 2015 to encourage engagement, outreach and advocacy activities in the field of Brain Sciences —  was secured by Dr. Divya Bhatia, Assistant Professor at JIBS.


The grant would also help JIBS reach to specific societal groups such as parents and school educators particularly from rural areas to educate them about common NDDs, risk factors, prevention methods and the importance of early diagnosis as well as government support and guidelines.


The other grant secured by Dr. Neha Khetrapal, Assistant Professor at JIBS, aims to cover various academic activities during the Brain Awareness Week. The Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to foster public enthusiasm and support for brain science.


In March next year, JIBS will utilise the grant to spread awareness about how the brain changes for the ageing population. The idea is to sensitise people on how the elderly could be at risk as the odds for brain injury and neurodegeneration is higher for the aging population.


“It is very significant academic progress for JIBS and is in line with our vision of applying behavioural and social science research and evaluation towards improving people’s lives, with a special emphasis on the underprivileged,” said Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS.


“I hope it will expand and strengthen our interdisciplinary research in neurosciences,” he added.


IBRO is the global association of neuroscience societies established in 1961 that aims to promote and support neuroscience around the world through training, education, research, outreach and engagement activities. IBRO specifically aims to develop, coordinate, support and promote scientific research in all fields concerning the brain.

Four-day e-certificate programme on ‘Training Need Analysis’

JIBS, in collaboration with the Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE), organised a four-day e-certificate programme on ‘Training Need Analysis’ for the officers from the office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, from October 4-8. Twenty-five officers from CAG attended the online course.

The subject experts from JIBS and JILDEE highlighted the various aspects which can help the organisation to identify various training and development needs of its employees so that they can do their job effectively.

Special sessions on ‘Data Collection Methods, ‘ Training Need Analysis’, ‘Job Analysis and Person Analysis’ ‘Kirpatrick Model’ and ‘ADDIE model’ were conducted during the programme to help employees in enhancing their training analysis skills.


Flyer for Certificate Programme on ‘Training Need Analysis’ for officers of C&AG


Three-day e-certificate programme on ‘Building Interpersonal Skills’

JIBS, in collaboration with JILDEE, conducted a three-day certificate course on ‘Building Interpersonal Skills ‘ for the officers of NHPC, from October 11-13. Thirty officers from NHPC attended the online course.

Subject experts from JIBS and JILDEE highlighted the communication skills that individuals need to master in a bid to succeed at a workplace. They stressed that the ability to communicate effectively with other employees and staff is essential at a workplace, no matter what industry you work in.

The programme aimed at helping officers to effectively convey themselves in person as well as via virtual modes like phone, email, and other social media platforms. The officers were also taught methods to improve their body language, eye contact, hand gestures and tone whilst conveying their message.


Flyer for Certificate Programme on ‘Building Interpersonal Skills’ for officers of NHPC


10th International Conference on ‘Victim Assistance’


The Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies, under the aegis of JIBS, organised the ‘10th International Conference on ‘Victim Assistance’ online from October 21-23 with the main theme ‘Emerging Trends in Victimology & Victim Assistance’.

The conference served as an interdisciplinary platform to disseminate, exchange and generate knowledge through the engagement of various government officials, lawyers, judges, medical professionals, social workers, media personnel, policymakers, psychologists, sociologists, criminologists, victimologists, anthropologists, and students around the world.

Over 650 scholars from more than 22 countries across the globe participated in the conference. Ten panel discussions with topics ranging from victims’ rights & criminal justice systems, mental health, restorative justice and victims of crime were held during the conference.

The workshop included sessions conducted by professionals from the fields of Criminology, Victimology, Psychology, Social Work, Behavioural Sciences, and various other allied disciplines. Speakers included Professor (Dr.) K. Chockalingam, Chairperson, Executive Council, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India; Professor (Dr.) R.K. Raghavan, Professor of Criminal Justice and Policing, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), and Professor (Dr.) Beulah Shekhar, Emeritus Professor (Criminology), Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences.


Flyer for ’10th International Conference on Victim Assistance


JIBS’ Teachers Training Programme shortlisted among top 12% of innovations worldwide

On October 27, for the second time in two consecutive years, the flagship Teachers Training Programme (TTP) of JIBS has been shortlisted among the top 12 percent of innovations worldwide. JIBS now stands officially nominated for The Wharton-QS Quacquarelli Symonds Reimagine Education – Sustainability Education Award.

The Wharton-QS Quacquarelli Symonds Reimagine Education Awards & Conference is a global competition and virtual conference which encourages educators across the globe to spot problems that prevent optimal learning and/or pedagogical outcomes, and find innovative, creative solutions to these problems.

Driven by a keen sense of social responsibility, JIBS, through its TTPs, engages in extensive community outreach for school teachers who belong to the underserved backgrounds, particularly providing them with capacity-building training.

The target audience comprises educators, school leaders, and administrators not only from the diverse schools (including underserved sections) of India but also from other lower and middle income countries like Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

“This is not the first time our specialised interdisciplinary, evidence-based TTPs are getting global recognition. Our efforts have earlier been recognised by various international education boards and policy groups. This is because our TTPs are one among the world’s most unique capacity-building and skills improvement outreach initiatives that aim to build competencies among teachers in a bid to update their pedagogical capacities,” said Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of JIBS.

“We have moved from face-to-face to online delivery during this global pandemic and incorporated specialised web-based TTPs. We have reached over 58,000 participants in 2020-2021 alone. In totality and essence, JIBS’ has been able to serve close to 1,33,000 participants since 2014,” Dr. Sahni added.

JIBS organises first International Conference on Community Psychology


JIBS, in collaboration with the Community Psychology Association of India (CPAI), organised the first International Conference on Community Psychology (ICCP) at JGU during October 29-31.


The three-day conference brought together distinguished professors, experts, psychologists and academicians from various fields to explore contemporary themes in the broader domain of community psychology.


“The aim of the conference was to exemplify the scope of research in community psychology by integrating various themes of interest,” said Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of JIBS. “Community psychologists can play a significant role in the wellness of individuals and communities. So it is critical to look at the cultural, economic, social, political, and environmental factors that shape and influence the psychological aspects of individuals and communities. In this conference, we aimed to delve into the same,” Dr. Sahni added.


During the conference, 11 panel discussions and seven paper presentations highlighted both theories of relevance and applied aspects in several associated fields, such as economics, sociology, ecology, and feministic psychology.


Eminent academicians in the field of psychology, such as Dr. Ravi Gunthe, Former Professor, J.N. Vyas University, Jodhpur; Prof. A.V.S. Madnawat, Former Professor of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur; Prof. (Dr.) Ramjee Lal, General Secretary, Community Psychology Association of India, and Prof. (Dr.) N.K. Saksena, Patron, Community Psychology Association of India, gave talks on various aspects of community psychology during various sessions of the conference.


The conference was held as a part of a series of academic initiatives undertaken by JIBS to further multidisciplinary and empirical research in psychology and allied fields.


JIBS is a value-based research institute of JGU and a member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) that focuses on applied and experimental research in the areas of mental health, competency mapping, neurosciences, neural decision sciences, psychobiology, management sciences, forensic studies, social psychology and criminal behaviour.

JIBS signs Memorandum of Understanding with Shoolini University


JIBS signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences to collaborate for setting up ‘Centre for Financial Crime Studies’.  The MoU encouraged the exchange of academic information and materials in the belief that research and educational processes at both institutions will be enhanced with the mutual understanding between their respective faculty, scholars, and students.


The MoU was signed by Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, and Prof. Atul Khosla, Vice Chancellor at Shoolini University, Solan.


Both universities mutually agreed to cooperate on research and student engagement programmes based on the principles of reciprocity. The universities will work jointly to organise academic seminars, conferences, workshops and FDP’s on topics of mutual interest.


The universities will also work towards the development of IPR in Financial Crimes and allow students of BALLB, LLM and PhD on a reciprocal basis for a limited period for library consultation, guidance from faculty members and research.