Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), JGU, presided over a meeting with prominent educators and psychologists at Lucknow on 2 April.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sahni emphasised how psychology can help in understanding the relationship between the individual and the society — with the individual being the domain of psychology and the society that of sociology and other sciences — by understanding the mindset behind social relationships and interactions.
Advances in psychology and allied sciences have led to the development of better tools, methods and interventions to measure different human behaviours — from cognitive impairments to emotional disorders.
Addressing the seminar, Dr. Sahni highlighted how psychology is engraved into our lives in diverse ways. “It is a science which can help in observing the personal, social and environmental interactions between us and the outside world. The diversity of the field can be gauged from the fact that it studies everyone from individuals, couples, families and communities to institutions like hospitals, schools, mental health organisations, businesses, and non-profit organisations,” he said.
“Rather than thinking of psychology merely as a science of cognitive treatments, it should be seen as an area of academics that improves our daily lives through Applied Psychology interventions in education, businesses criminal systems and law,” he added. Dr. Sahni also spoke about the establishment of Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC) – a research-led, future-oriented School of JGU that aims to focus on developing a new generation of thought leaders in the fields of psychology and Counselling.
Dr. Sahni also urged the budding psychologists and counsellors to learn about newer research techniques, practices and tools to keep pace with the changing approaches in the field.
2). International Scientific Conference on ‘Mental Health, Well-Being & Loneliness’
JIBS, in collaboration with the Free International Institute of Moldova, organised an International Scientific Conference on ‘Mental Health, Well-being & Loneliness’.
The two-day virtual international conference was organised during 9-10 April.
Experts during the virtual conference stressed on an urgent need to invest more in research around the topic of mental health and wellness. During the conference, it was observed that loneliness is related to an increased risk of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.
The experts also focused on the fact that as the world is currently marred by the coronavirus pandemic and in such a scenario there is an increased risk of individuals feeling lonely and thereby resulting in mental health problems. Hence it becomes more important that an immediate focus is paid towards this issue.
The conference was attended by eminent psychologists, counsellors and research scholars.
Speakers included Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, Prof (Dr) Derick Hall Lindquist, Vice Dean, JSPC, and Dr Nelly Balode, Head of Psychology and Educational Sciences Department, Free International University of Moldova, among others.
3) Webinar on ‘Measuring Human Behaviour’ for School Counsellors & Teachers of Various Institutions
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, was invited as a speaker for a webinar on ‘Measuring Human Behaviour’. The webinar was organised for school counsellors and teachers of various institutions on 16 April.
The webinar was organised keeping in mind the difficulties faced in measuring human behaviour or social phenomena as measurement in the realms of it is typically difficult. Dr. Sahni elaborated on the aspect that the researcher must have a clear notion of what is to be measured. Failing this, they would not be in a position to decide how to measure it.
Dr. Sahni highlighted that human behaviour is a complex interplay of a variety of different processes, ranging from completely unconscious modulations of emotional reactions to decision-making based on conscious thoughts and cognition. Therefore, it becomes necessary to keep researching on the aspects of measuring human behaviour and keep on looking for innovative ways to measure it.
Close to 1021 teachers and student counsellors benefitted from the webinar.
4) Virtual Meeting on ‘Liberal Arts Curriculum’ by IILM University Gurgaon
Dr Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS, and Deputy Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), was invited as a subject matter expert by IILM University Gurgaon for a discussion on their ‘liberal arts curriculum’.
The virtual meeting organised on 20 April focused on discussing the syllabus of the arts department and Dr. Bhatnagar was the expert on their psychology undergraduate programme. During the meeting she highlighted that as the field of psychology is continuously evolving it becomes necessary to upgrade the curriculum at every level to provide correct training to the students.
Dr. Bhatnagar focused on the fact that the intent of the curriculum and balancing of the content is necessary. After this it becomes necessary to focus on the teaching narrative and the delivery of the curriculum to get the maximum result out of it.