1. Four-Day Online Certificate Programme for NHPC Officers
Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised a four-day online certificate programme on ‘Understanding Own Values of Excellence’ for officers from the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).
The four-day virtual programme was conducted in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) during 1-4 December, 2020.
The programme focused on the importance of personal values and their role in making people successful. Sessions on varied topics like ‘Enhancing Interpersonal Effectiveness through Emotional Intelligence’, ‘Effective Communication Skills’, and ‘Skill Building and Self-Development’ were conducted by the experts.
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, Deputy Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), and Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor, Assistant CLC, conducted sessions.
About 40 officers from NHPC participated in the programme.
2. Talk on ‘Challenges faced by Educational Institutions and Students’ amid pandemic
Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, conducted an online session on ‘Challenges faced by Educational Institutions and Students’ which was organised by Shillong Commerce College, Shillong, on 4 December, 2020, as a part of its international webinar series entitled ‘Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic: The Road Ahead’.
Explaining how the Covid-19 pandemic forced students and teachers to embrace a virtual mode of learning, Dr. Sahni highlighted how the new medium is plagued by challenges, especially for the students with no access to modern electronic gadgets and high speed internet.
Dr. Sahni suggested methods to adopt to a changed home environment where both parents and their children work, study and play together. He also emphasised the need to introduce virtual play-way methods for deeper learning, more engagement, and greater participation from children.
The talk was attended by over 250 participants.
3. Talk on ‘Mental Health and Covid-19′
With an aim to raise awareness about the consequences on the mental health of the teachers, students, professionals and masses alike, Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC), conducted a session entitled ‘Mental Health and Covid-19′ on December 4.
The online session was organised by Shillong Commerce College, Shillong, as a part of its international webinar series on ‘Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic: The Road Ahead’. It was attended by over 250 participants.
Explaining how unpredictability and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and the associated lockdowns have led to an unprecedented increase in mental health problems across the globe, Dr. Palit pointed out the need for tailored coping mechanisms to pay specific attention, especially to the vulnerable groups.
She stressed the need to address the prevalence of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and other forms of psychological distress in a bid to alleviate the ongoing global mental health crisis.
4. Talk on ‘Competency Based Education’ for the teachers of DLF Public School, Sahibabad
Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Associate Professor, JIBS and Deputy Director, Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH), conducted an online session on ‘Competency Based Education’ for the teachers of DLF Public School, Sahibabad on 5 December 2020. About 130 teachers attended the talk.
Dr. Junnarkar accentuated the need for inculcating competency based education in a bid to alleviate the faultlines between academics and employment, which could in turn provide a sustainable educational model and help quality and affordability co-exist in higher education.
She stressed the need to redesign administrative, financial and academic systems within institutions and make them more interactional to bridge gap between quality and affordability of education.
5. Online session on ‘Bottlenecks for Women Entrepreneurs in India’ for students and faculty of JECRC University
A special session on ‘Bottlenecks for Women Entrepreneurs in India’ was held by Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, for students and faculty of JECRC University on December 05.
The session was attended by 350 participants.
While highlighting the need to inspire, encourage and motivate women entrepreneurs, Dr. Sahni outlined the poor degree of financial freedom, absence of direct ownership of property to women, negligence of financial institutions, lack of professional education and mobility constraints that women face in entrepreneurship.
He highlighted various economic, social, religious, cultural and psychological factors in society that hinder growth of women entrepreneurs in India.
Dr. Sahni stressed the need to take a non-traditional and entrepreneurial approach to tap the potential of a large section of working-age women in India which could transform the country economically as well as socially.
6. Paper Presentation on ‘Emerging Digital Piracy in Music Industry’ at 11th IFCCLGE Virtual Conference
Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, presented a paper on ‘Emerging Digital Piracy in Music Industry’ at 11th International Forum on Crime & Criminal Law in the Global Era (IFCCLGE) Virtual Conference held during 12-13 December 2020.
The IFCCLGE is an international scientific association founded in 2009 with over 32 signatory states and over 300 leading experts around the world. Prof. (Dr.) Sahni is the Director General, IFCCLGE India.
Dr. Sahni’s paper focused on digital piracy in India and the presentation provided an outlook towards the magnitude of the threat posed by digital piracy to the Indian music industry. It further highlighted various elements and factors contributing to the problem.
The paper also critically analysed the problem and provided recommendations to protect the Indian music industry from digital piracy.
7. Paper Presentation on ‘The Role of Financial Criminologist in Detection & Analysis of Economic Offences’
Vipin Vijay Nair, Lecturer JIBS and Assistant Director of Centre of Victimology and Psychological Studies (CCVP) and Centre for Criminology and Forensic Studies (CCFS), presented a paper on ‘The Role of Financial Criminologist in Detection & Analysis of Economic Offences’ at the 11th International Forum on Crime & Criminal Law in the Global Era (IFCCLGE) Virtual Conference held during 12-13 December 2020.
Nair’s paper focused on creating a financial criminology model guiding operational functionality for professionals and experts within the financial sector. The model emphasises a theoretical framework, investigative strategies and principles to practice in understanding financial crime.
8. Talk on ‘Positive Parenting’ for teachers and parents of Swarnprastha Public School, Sonepat
Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, delivered an online talk on ‘Positive Parenting’ for the teachers and parents of Swarnprastha Public School, Sonepat, on December 19.
The session aimed to create awareness among parents and teachers about different aspects that affect the holistic development of children. The session facilitated by JIBS was attended by more than 70 participants, which included parents as well as educationists.
Dr. Sahni highlighted the communication roadblocks between children and parents and ways to overcome them. He underlined the effectiveness of parental training as a strategy for prevention of behavioural problems in children.
He also explained the need for proper parental training and counselling that would eventually help children acquire skills more effectively and rapidly.
9. Online Faculty Induction Programme at Guru Nanak Dev University
Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor at JIBS and Deputy Director, CLC, was invited to take two sessions as the Resource Person during a one-month Faculty Induction Programme, ‘Guru-Dakshta’, for the faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.
The sessions were part of a four-week Online Faculty Induction Programme conducted by the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC), Guru Nanak Dev University.
Dr. Bhatnagar delivered a talk on ‘Personal-Emotional Development and Counselling’ on 21 December 2020, which placed emphasis on working towards overcoming psychological, emotional and background obstacles while imparting education. She also delivered a lecture on “Research, Professional Development, and Academic Leadership” on 22 December 2020 that focused on generating sustained programmes of educational development through different research and leadership practices.
More than 40 participants mainly consisting of faculty from varied disciplines attended the sessions.
10. JIBS organises webinars in collaboration with International Association of Young Psychologists
JIBS is organising a webinar series in collaboration with International Association of Young Psychologists (IAYP) to provide a platform for the exchange of newly emerging perspectives in the field of behavioural sciences. Two webinars have already been conducted in December.
The webinar series aims to focus on issues related to psychological wellbeing and advancement. Lectures on ‘Creative Methodologies for School Counselling’ and ‘Data Driven Innovation’ have been conducted by subject experts from JIBS and other research institutes.
The IAYP, a professional organisation dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and research in psychology, includes practitioners and researchers who promote quality training for research and practice in psychology and cultivate a research-based training attitude in young psychologists for growth of psychology as a science and profession.
In the coming days, the virtual series is set to discuss a range of key issues which include cognitive neurosciences, psychological testing, child and adolescent issues, parental role in child development to understanding identity, dealing with distress, and interpersonal relationships.