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Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 5 (May)

JIBS awards PhD degrees; conducts online sessions and certificate programme

1) Four JIBS scholars awarded PhD degrees 

Four scholars from Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) – Karishma and Vipin Viyay Nair (India), Patnaraz Mungroo (U.K.) and Chengfei Wei (China) – have been awarded PhD degrees after the successful submission of their doctoral thesis and viva.

Karishma submitted her thesis titled, ‘An effect of motivational enhancement therapy on psychosocial variables of internet addiction’ under the supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, and Professor Mohita Junarkar. 

Vipin Vijay Nair submitted his thesis titled, ‘Exploring coping mechanism of vulnerable & victims of commercial sexual exploitation: A participatory action research in rehabilitation & protective homes in India’ under the supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni and Professor (Dr.) Dick D.T. Andzenge, St. Cloud University, USA. 

Patnaraz Mungroo submitted his thesis titled, ‘Exploring the experiences of Schizophrenic Patients and their use of Cannabis’ under the supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni and Professor (Dr.) Gerd F. Kirchhoff.

Chengfei Wei submitted his thesis titled, ‘A Comparative Study on the Influence of Consumer Privacy Concerns on Behavioral Intention in E-Commerce Between China and India’  under the supervision of Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Professor (Dr.) Brajesh Kumar, Jindal Global Business School and Professor (Dr.) Anand Mishra, Jindal School of Banking & Finance.

JIBS started enrolling scholars for its PhD programme in 2016. Over the years, 30 students including 10 international scholars (including from Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania and the UK) have enrolled themselves in JIBS to pursue a career in research. Nine students (India-5; Bangladesh-1; China-1; Tanzania-1; and the UK-1) have so far been awarded their doctoral degrees.

2) JIBS conducts virtual session on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ for Students

With an aim to equip students with a host of techniques that can be used in effective stress management, JIBS organised a special virtual session on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ on 14 May.

The session was conducted by Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS.  Nearly 600 students from Class 11th and 12th attended the online event.

Speaking at the session, Dr. Sahni highlighted various relaxation techniques, time-management skills and group therapies that help in effective stress management and performance enhancement among students. He said while the complete elimination of stress is not realistic, various tools and techniques can help in its regulation and management.

“There is an immense need to maintain stability and balance of bodily functions whilst we deal with the day-to-day academic and run-of-the-mill work. There is a need to devote proper time for work, relaxation, fun and at the same time generate the endurance to hold up under pressure and deal with the challenges head on,” Dr. Sahni emphasised.

“There is a need for increased attention towards breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, meditation and proper sleep schedule so that while we prepare ourselves to face challenges in life, our mental health isn’t affected,” he added.

The online session was part of a host of programmes conducted by JIBS as a part of its community outreach initiative.

Amidst the pandemic which has restricted physical learning exchanges, JIBS has conducted more than 300 online sessions on varied behavioural science topics related to mental health, emotional well-being and stress management.

Over 1,00,000 participants which include students, parents, teachers, and other professionals have so far attended the online sessions which are aimed to raise awareness and strengthen knowledge and understanding

Flyer of virtual session on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ for Students

3) Panel Discussion on ‘Emotional Health & Well-Being’

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director JIBS, was invited as a panellist to speak on the importance of ‘Emotional Health & Well-Being’ in a session organised by Mindler, an online career assessment, guidance and counselling forum, on 21 May.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sahni explained how having good emotional health doesn’t always mean you are happy or free from negative emotions, but having the skills to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life.

Dr. Sahni outlined how daily activities can affect our emotional health and, in turn, well-being. “Sadness and anxiety are normal emotions that help alert us , protect us , and cause us to act. This is healthy! What is unhealthy is when these feelings become excessive, irrational, ongoing, distressing or interfere with daily life,” he said.

“Depression, anxiety, stress and grief can be managed using interventions and strategies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation, mindfulness and ‘talk’ therapy, which in turn will lead to our well-being,” Dr Sahni noted.

“When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence and even suicide. Untreated mental health disorders are often very costly to families, communities and the healthcare system,” he added.

4) Certificate Course on ‘Environmental Crimes and Conservation Studies’

With an objective to train students, researchers and professionals in the field of conservation and allied disciplines, JIBS organised a certificate course on ‘Environmental Crimes and Conservation Studies’ during 21-22 May.

The conference focused on various aspects of conservation criminology, wildlife trade and its impact on human well-being, environmental crimes, wildlife crimes and conservation in India, and green criminology in the context of conservation of wildlife. Over 200 scholars and researchers working in conservation, criminology, law, and other related fields participated in the two-day online event.

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, while inaugurating the course, highlighted the growing global threats to biodiversity and the need for various interventions to protect it. “Understanding the nuances of earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, and the effects of global climate change are essential in today’s world. With our ever-growing demands and dependency on environment it is necessary for more research in this field,” he said.

Dr. Sahni emphasised that the need for such courses is to focus on the practice of protecting the earth’s natural ecosystem through organisations, governments and personal actions by individuals.

“The course will help the participants to understand nature conservation through an interdisciplinary approach with other allied disciplines as resource persons with vast experience in criminology, wildlife conservation and environmental law will be holding sessions on various topics,” said Dr. Sahni, who is also Director of Centre for Criminology & Forensic Studies in JGU.

Flyer of Certificate Course on ‘Environmental Crimes and Conservation Studies’

5) Webinar on ‘Strength & Self Care during the Pandemic: When: Lessons from Positive Psychology’

Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor & Associate Dean, JIBS, was invited to speak on a session entitled ‘Strength & Self Care during the Pandemic: When: Lessons from Positive Psychology’ by the National Positive Psychology Association (NPPA) on 27 May .

During the session, Dr. Pulkit explained the small steps which can help us buffer the  trying times of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Pulkit explained how the science of positive psychology can offer lessons to help individuals and communities constructively sail through this despair and bring hope to themselves and others.

Shilpa Bandyopadhyay, Research Scholar of Psychology at Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, moderated the session.

6) Online session on ‘Introduction to Victimology’ for IAS probationers

Dr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Assistant Professor, JIBS and Assistant Director, Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies (CVPS), JGU, was invited as a speaker to deliver a guest lecture on the topic ‘Introduction to Victimology’ at National Law University, Delhi, on 31 May.

The virtual session was a part of course work for LLM (Pro) for IAS Probationers in which 25 future IAS officers attended.

During the session, Dr. Nair outlined various perspectives regarding the study of victimisation, including relationships between victims and offenders; interactions between victims and the criminal justice system, the police and courts; and the connections between victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, businesses, and social movements.

He explained how victimology is not restricted to the study of victims of crime alone but may include other forms of human rights violations, besides the physical, emotional and financial harm people suffer because of illegal activities.