1) Online video series by Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni on coping with anxiety during lockdown
Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) has launched an audio-visual series through its YouTube channel, JIBS Infotainment, that accentuates the ways to deal with mental health issues arising out of the prolonged lockdown currently in place to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. In this series, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS and Advisor to Vice Chancellor talks on a range of issues that are adding to the mental health woes of the masses forced to live in their homes owing to the global pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has placed restrictions on mobility and socialising amongst people, vulnerability to psychosomatic disorders has increased. “Since people have been coerced to live in their homes, they are becoming hostile even towards their family members resulting in a surge in domestic violence and misconduct on trifle matters. The series has been started keeping these factors in consideration,” said Professor (Dr.) Sahni.
The various episodes of the series also deal with issues like feasibility and productiveness of online classes for students, need for spiritual engagement and play-way methods of learning during the lockdown.
The series has received immense positive response and feedback on the YouTube channel and social media handles of the institute.
2) Two-week online activity course on ‘Practical Positive Psychology’
Amidst the coronavirus lockdown as the university continues to remain shut for all academic activities, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) conducted a special 10-part activity series on ‘Practical Positive Psychology’ which spanned two weeks.
The aim of the series titled “My Daily Dose of Practical Positive Psychology” was to help the JGU community in strengthening their psychological capital and improve resilience to fight adversities.
The daily activities revolved around the recommendations of renowned subject matter experts like Professor Michael B. Frisch and Professor Joseph M. Sirgy besides Dr. Bhatnagar’s own reflections and experiences. These exercises featured practical solutions to counter negative emotions like anxiety, worry, and fear, particularly during the current global pandemic.
The series also focused on accentuating positive traits that would help in enhancing the quality of the participants’ lives and make them less dependent on external sources of validation.
3) Online interview series on ‘Leadership Lessons in Lockdown’
With an aim to inspire emerging as well as current leaders through these trying times, Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Assistant Director, Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), JIBS launched a 5-part series titled ‘Leadership Lessons in Lockdown’.
The series shared the voices and thoughts of five stalwarts who lead large organisations and carry tremendous responsibility on their shoulders.
Apart from Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU and Professor (Dr.) Sahni, the series featured prominent names like Ms. Neetu Kapasi, Leading Public Affairs and Policy Advocacy at IKEA India; Mr. Sunil Goyal, Dy. CEO, Sopra Steria India, & CEO, Sopra Banking Software Solutions; and Ms. Gowri Sinha, Founder CEO at KRISIN.
The leaders shared their experiences about tackling challenges amid tough times, exercising flexibility in order to succeed and leading remotely during the current pandemic.