Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 7 (July)

JIBS conducts online programmes, sessions and certificate programmes

1. 17th Asian Postgraduate Programme on Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) in association with World Society of Victimology organised the 17th Asian Postgraduate course on Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice.

The course was organised over nine days from July 2 to 30 on Fridays and Saturdays with an aim to provide a comprehensive overview of emerging trends in victim assistance, criminology, victimology and promote research in programmes for victim support. Victimologists, criminologists, psychologists and legal practitioners from more than 30 countries were invited as resource faculty for this programme.

The course also aimed at critically examining the laws, policies and programmes from the standpoint of victim protection, rehabilitation, participation and justice.

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, highlighted the various aspects behind criminal behaviour and the need for proper rehabilitation of victims.

During the inaugural session the participants were also addressed by Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU, Ms. Sangita Vardhan, Founder & Chairperson, Vatsal Chaya Trust, and Prof. (Dr.) K. Chockalingam, Chairperson, Executive Council, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Government of India.

Prof. (Dr.) Sahni said: “The criminal justice system should not only consider providing justice to the victim, but also work on a victim-oriented approach which is holistic and goes beyond the criminal justice system. There has definitely been improvement in how Police, Judiciary and Victim assistance groups are working if we compare to earlier times, but the conditions are far from ideal. There is a need to bring more awareness to victims about the judicial and policing procedures,” Dr. Sahni added.

The speakers during the programme included world renowned names in the field of victimology like Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Professor (Dr.) John Dussich, Professor (Dr.) Gerd F Kirchhoff and Professor (Dr.) Marc Groenhuijsen.

Prof (Dr.) Robert Peacock, President, World Society of Criminology, and Mr Michael O’Connell, Secretary General and Chair, UN Liaison Committee, World Society of Victimology, who were also course co-directors, delivered special sessions during the programme. They called for a need to promote research and scientific rigour on victim advocacy, legal clinics and outreach programmes for victim support services.

Participants from 15 different countries attended the course. The course is part of the JIBS initiative to expand and strengthen interdisciplinary and collaborative research initiatives in the field of behaviourial sciences.

2. Webinar on ‘Psychological Effects and Stress Management in The Pandemic’

JIBS conducted an online session on “Psychological Effects and Stress Management in The Pandemic” for officers and staff of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on July 2.

The webinar was organised keeping in mind the enormous challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has posed to the mental health of employees.

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, highlighted how fear and anxiety during the pandemic can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. “If we are unable to cope with these emotions, it can lead to mental disorders and subsequently clinical depression. So it is necessary to devise tools techniques and methods at workplace that can help in alleviating stress,” Dr. Sahni said.

“The first step is the acknowledgement of the problem. It is very important that we recognise we are caught in a mental health issue and then take steps to build our resilience and ask for help,” he added.

The webinar was attended by 400 employees of IRDAI.

3.Inaugural address at B.A. Honours Prestige Psychology Programme 2021

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, was invited to deliver the Inaugural Address at ‘B.A. Honours Prestige Psychology Programme 2021’ on July 9. The programme provided pre-semester information to aspiring students of Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC).

The online programme aimed to instil the necessary knowledge and skills for each student’s personal and academic growth, nurturing the next generation of professional leaders in psychology, counselling and allied behavioural science fields.

Delivering the inaugural address, Dr. Sahni said that JSPC’s bachelors course is envisioned to train the next generation of psychologists with theoretical rigor, cutting-edge methodologies and the interdisciplinary dimension of the study of psychology within the larger context of social sciences.

The academic partnership with JIBS, an already established behaviourial research institute of eminence, augments the ecosystem of contemporary knowledge JSPC aims to offer.  Research by JIBS in social-psychological, bio-psychological, and legal-psychological spheres is widely recognised, documented and put to use by professionals in the field. JIBS has to its credit scores of book publications, book chapters and research articles in prestigious journals. It also offers students opportunities to work alongside renowned academicians and practitioners and contribute towards such publications.

4. Interactive session on ‘Careers in Counselling Psychology and the Future Prospects’

Babita, Academic Tutor & TRIP Fellow at JIBS, conducted an interactive session on “Careers in Counselling Psychology and the Future Prospects” on July 13. The session was attended by more than 200 students.

During the online session, Ms. Babita shared the future prospects of studying psychology with the Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC) aspirants.

JSPC, which will commence with the first batch of students in August 2021, offers a three-year B.A. Honours degree in Psychology, taught by a diverse group of research-oriented faculty from different corners of the globe.

Ms. Babita explained how JSPC aims at exploring psychological connections through a multidisciplinary curriculum that opens an aspiring psychologists’ eyes to a host of perspectives and blurs the boundaries across various spectrums.

5. Certificate Course on ‘Balancing Work and Life’

JIBS, in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE), conducted a three-day certificate course on ‘Balancing Work and Life’ for officers of Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI) during July 13- 15. The online course was attended by 33 officers from PGCI.

Subject experts from JIBS explained simple ways in which individuals can stay connected to their personal lives even while they are working. They suggested ways in which one can prioritise the time and energy to commit to official work and personal life, in a bid to find a fine balance between both.

Special sessions on ‘Maximising human potential’, ‘Emotional Intelligence’, ‘Time and Anxiety Management’, ‘Mindfulness for Balanced Mind’ and ‘Use of Effective Communication to Balance Work and Life’ were held during the course.

6. Interactive webinar on ‘Studying Psychology for Emerging Careers in Caring’

JIBS, in collaboration with School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, RV University, held an interactive webinar on “Studying Psychology for Emerging Careers in Caring” on July 15 for faculty, parents and students.

The webinar was organised with an aim to focus on the importance of studying psychology and the exciting career opportunities it provides.

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, said during the webinar: “As Psychology deals with the connections between the mind and behaviour, it provides answers to the questions which have intrigued humans for generations. The field also provides very rewarding career opportunities.”

“Psychology is a very interdisciplinary field as it forms the core basis in counselling courses, physiotherapy therapeutic and other medical courses,” he added.

7. Interactive session on ‘An overview about Psychology Internships and Trainings’

Ms Rakhi Gupta, JIBS Academic Tutor & Teaching and Research for Intellectual Pursuit (TRIP) Fellow, conducted an interaction webinar on “An overview about Psychology Internships and Trainings” for students of higher secondary classes across India on July 17. More than 170 participants attended the interactive session.

During the session, Ms Gupta explained how psychology as a discipline has slowly evolved over the years in India. She highlighted that the field has started grabbing more attention among young students and researchers as it presents many exciting professional opportunities.  The session outlined the difference between trainings and internships in different fields of psychology like clinical, counselling, forensic/criminal, organisational, special education and media psychology.

Ms Gupta discussed eligibility criteria, career and research opportunities for psychology students. She explained how Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC) intends to provide best research facilities and exposure to the aspiring psychology students.

8. Certificate course on ‘Balancing Work and Life’

JIBS, in collaboration with JILDEE, conducted a three-day certificate course on ‘Balancing Work and Life’ for officers of Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCI) in the third week of July. The online course was attended by 30 officers from the PGCI.

The certificate course aimed at imparting tools techniques and methods that can help balance professional and personal life of the employees. During the programme, JIBS faculty and resource persons explained methods to maximise human potential and emotional intelligence and create a harmonious work-life balance.

Special sessions on ‘Time and Anxiety Management’, ‘Mindfulness for Balanced Mind’ and ‘Use of Effective Communication to Balance Work and Life’ were held by subject experts.

9. Valedictory address at JGU International Literary Conference

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, was invited to deliver the valedictory address in JGU International Literary Conference on “Postmodernism Time for Reappraisal” on July 25.

Dr. Sahni mentioned that while the position of a scientific psychology in a postmodern culture remains rather open, there are trends in practical psychology which are close to postmodern conceptions of knowledge. Professional psychology has obtained a strong hold on Western societies and psychology is expanding as a profession.    He underlined that postmodern thought appears as a relevant context for the theoretical explication and development of practical knowledge in the psychological profession.

Dr. Sahni hailed the efforts of English Literary Society of JGU in organising various international conferences that have benefitted scholars and faculty alike. 

10. JIBS faculty member granted scholarship by prestigious Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Dr. Neha Khetrapal, Assistant Professor at JIBS, has been selected by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) for training along with an international group of professionals on ‘land, security and climate change’. The institute has granted Dr. Khetrapal a scholarship that will cover her online training fees.

The course, which ran during July 26-30 and co-designed by the GCSP, Initiatives of Change and Triple Capital, took place within the framework of the ‘Caux Dialogue on Environment and Security’.

The GCSP has its roots in the Geneva Summit of 1985, which was the first meeting between US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss international diplomatic relations and the arms race in the midst of the Cold War. It is now a global community of 184 nations that exchanges ideas to develop sustainable solutions for a more peaceful future.

The main objective of the course was to prepare participants to face challenges that are at the nexus between land restoration, climate change mitigation and adaptation, human security, migration and conflict. Consequently, participants will be well-placed to contribute towards building community resilience by integrating land restoration with significant issues in climate change and governance.   

11. Session on ‘Health and Wellbeing for the School Community: Supporting Mental Health Initiatives’

Dr. Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, delivered a session on “Health and Wellbeing for the School Community: Supporting Mental Health Initiatives” during the Redefining Institutional Strategy for Excellence (R.I.S.E) fellowship programme on July 30.

The R.I.S.E fellowship programme aimed to identify 50 school principals/leaders through a selection process and provided the required knowledge and tools to empower them in mitigating major challenges that their schools face during and post the Covid-19 pandemic, or during any other emergency/crisis in the future.

The programme was organised by QS IGAUGE in collaboration with JGU and University of Southampton.

During his session Dr. Sahni focused on the ways to ensure health emotional wellbeing of the school community. “School staff should ensure that a special focus on imparting positivity should be there and if the need arises the school should go beyond its general academic instruction to provide support to students,” he said.