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Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 7 (July)

JIBS channel hits one million views on YouTube

The Channel has also garnered more than 30 million impressions across social media platforms and gained more than 8,500 subscribers.

The JIBS Infotainment channel broadcasts graphical video explainers by Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of JIBS, that accentuate relevant topics like Mental Health Disorders, Performance Enhancement Techniques, Increasing Behavioural Competencies and dealing with various psychological issues.

More recently, a video series by Dr. Sahni that dealt with various issues during the global pandemic was very popular among the netizens. “At JIBS, we conduct a lot of research on topics that affect us and our daily lives, for instance – our eating habits, sleeping disorders, depression, conduct disorders, anger management etc.  JIBS Infotainment is a platform where we disseminate this information in a very non-academic and lucid manner to masses through our online presence,” Dr. Sahni said.  “It is heartening to see such a huge response to our channel. Each day people communicate to us how this initiative has helped them and suggest us to make more videos on different topics and in different languages,” he added.

JIBS Infotainment also has a dedicated Instagram page with over 2,000 followers.  

So far, the channel has broadcast more than 50 snippet’esque videos – laden with motion graphics and animations- on issues primarily revolving around mental health. On popular demand, JIBS intends to make short documentaries and video explainers on more topics in the future.

2. Talk on “Ensuring Quality in Qualitative Research”

The session focused on how one can bring credibility to findings from qualitative studies. It was for a specific group of 40 participants.

Dr. Bhatnagar in her talk highlighted the ways in which quality can be achieved when conducting qualitative research. She also explained how research is informed by one’s personal circumstances, privileges, facets of identity, experiences and location.

The lecture received positive feedback and comments from the participants

3. Post-Graduate Certificate Course on “Understanding Criminal Behaviour”

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised a first of its kind online post-graduate certificate course on ‘Understanding Criminal Behaviour’ from July 1-3, that dealt with understanding and exploring criminal behaviour from social, psychological, biological and social perspectives.

About 220 national and international participants attended different sessions in the course.  Apart from India (22 states and UT), students and professionals from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Switzerland, UK and Indonesia also participated in the three-day certificate course.

“The course aimed at developing analytical and conceptual understanding of various facets of criminal behaviour ranging from white-collar crimes, serial crimes, domestic violence, intimate partner violence and cybercrimes, ” said Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS.

“All the participants had an excellent opportunity to learn from JIBS faculty members and researchers who specialize in the field of Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Science, and allied subjects,” added Dr. Sahni.

During the course of the program, JIBS faculty members and research scholars provided insights into different aspects that explored criminological explanations, evaluation of criminal justice agencies and theoretical approaches in understanding how societal and psychological factors influence the criminal mind and co-dependency.

Dr. Sahni spearheaded the course along with Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Associate Professor, JIBS & Deputy Director, Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH) at JGU. Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Lecturer, JIBS and Assistant Director for Center of Criminology and Forensic Studies at JIBS was the course coordinator for the three-day program.

The participants’ feedback was highly encouraging. The participants appreciated the teaching pedagogy, lecture delivery and the diversified topics that were covered in the course.

4. JIBS Scholar awarded PhD degree

Mr.  Omar Faruk, a scholar from Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences has been awarded PhD degree on 1st July 2020 after successful submission of his doctoral thesis and viva.

Mr. Faruk submitted his thesis titled “Criminal Justice System: Status Quo and Recommendations for Domestic Violence Victims in Bangladesh” under the able supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS & Dr. Gerd Ferdinand Kirchhoff, Senior Fellow, JIBS.

The external examiners appointed for examining thesis of the scholars have given excellent feedback for the work done. Dr. Sahni and other faculty members of the department have congratulated the scholar for the conferment of doctorate.

5. JIBS holds more than 30 Webinar sessions in July

During the global pandemic as physical learning exchanges remain restricted, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) has continued its webinar series on topics accentuating mental health, emotional well -being and stress management.

More than 30 sessions were held in July on a range of topics dealing with Behavioural Sciences and has conducted 115 webinars so far.

More than 25,000 participants- which include students, parents, teachers, and other professionals- have so far attended the online sessions aimed to raise awareness and strengthen knowledge and understanding of behavioral competencies.

As the events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to unfold, people often feel anxious and stressed as the developments change rapidly. The primary focus of the webinar series has been to encourage students and professionals from various walks of life to indulge in proper training and counselling that would eventually help them to alleviate the stress associated with the pandemic more effectively and rapidly.

Apart from Dr. Sahni, other JIBS faculty members and research scholars like Dr. Manjushree Palit, Dr. Mohamad Hadi Ghasemi Nejad, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Ms. Poulomi Bhadra, Ms. Akshaya K, Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Mr. Shankey Verma, Ms. Rukhsana Siddiqua also conducted webinars on varied topics.

6. Online Certificate Programmes on “Train the trainers – How to conduct online training” for officers from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)

Two online Certificate Programmes on “Train the Trainers- How to Conduct Online Training” was organized by Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) for the officers from the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), from July 21-24 and July 27-30.

The certificate course was intended to acquaint the participants about tools and techniques required to impart online training to subordinates and understanding the organizational interventions on the basis of the assessment results to optimize growth.

A total of 44 officers from the office of CAG participated in these sessions.

During the programme, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS delivered a special talk on “Maintaining Credibility & Rapport” and “Closing Methods and Feedback”. Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor & Director, JIBS and Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor, JIBS and Assistant Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) also conducted sessions on “Effective Communication Skills- Teaching an Engaging Lesson” and “Presentation Skills” respectively.

Apart from the above, Dr.  Tanushree Sharma, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School; Mr. Karan Kumar, Additional Director Information Technology, JGU; Mr. Arun Albert, Head Training and Professional Development, JGU also conducted sessions for the CAG officers.

7. Talk on “Happiness at Workplace” for Business Administration scholars of Sagar Group of Institutions

Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor JIBS and Deputy Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) conducted a talk on “Happiness at Workplace” for Business Administration scholars of Sagar Group of Institutions (SIRT Bhopal Campus), on July 25.

The session focused on how to be happy at the workplace and was organized for a close group of 20 participants. Dr. Bhatnagar during her talk focused on simple practices that help reduce stress, boost resilience and motivation, and foster a greater sense of connection with colleagues at work place. During the course of her talk Dr. Bhatnagar also accentuated tangible resources to explore for an employee for a practical, hands-on approach to being happier. The talk was well received and received positive feedback from the participants.

8. Webinar on “Global Family Systems and Psychological Systems”

Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor & Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences was a co-panelist in the first session of Webinar series titled “Global Family Systems and Psychological Systems” organized as a part of Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund’s Rapid Response Project, on July 19.

Along with Dr. Saeid Kianpour, Dr. Palit talked about evolving changes in family systems across the globe that have brought about a tectonic shift in cultural, societal and psychological aspects of our lives.

Dr. Palit provided deep insights into the psychological underpinnings of various family systems and conceptualizations of these systems and its classification from the perspective of developmental psychological theories.

 During the course of her talk Dr. Palit also discussed the challenges of professional training and the need for licensing of counsellors in India. She also elaborated on the issues/concerns of individuals, couples, and families during the pandemic and the therapist’s use of psychosocial resilience framework to benefit the clients during the pandemic in India.

Various international therapists/counselors and practitioners from various countries including Canada, Mexico, Sri Lanka, USA, UK, Europe, and South America participated in the session.

9. Online Talk on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ for the students of IIIT Delhi

Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor and Assistant Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences conducted an online Talk on ‘Emotional Intelligence’ for the students of IIIT Delhi on 3 July 2020.

 In a bid to understand and enhance the human potential and competencies, the webinar was designed to explore and delve into potential solutions to mental health issues by focusing on the principles of Psychology.

Dr. Khanna familiarized the students of the institute with the concept of Emotional Intelligence and simple strategies to maximize this special intelligence for better intrapersonal and interpersonal outcomes.

 10. Online talk on “Happy Project”

Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor and Assistant Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences was invited to deliver a talk on coping with mental health issues during the global pandemic as a part of ‘Happy Project’ by Uddeshya Delhi, on July 09.

Dr. Khanna provided insights into the coping mechanisms to deal with the associated uncertainty during the times of pandemic which is showing a discernible increase in affecting psychological resilience of the masses.

The talk was well received by the participants who provided a positive feedback.