1) First session of ‘Stories of Difference: Conversation Series’
As a part of its community impact initiative, Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies (CVPS), under the aegis of Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), this month initiated a conversation series entitled ‘Stories of Difference’.
In its first session on September 3, Ms. Sai Sethye from PAAR (Prison Aid + Action Research) advocated for a reformatory model for prisons in India that focuses on reformation and reintegration instead of retributive punishment.
PAAR is a research and advocacy organisation based out of Rajasthan that studies prison systems and advocates the cause of open prisons.
During the speech, Ms. Sethye accentuated the need for revitalising and supporting the state sponsored legal aid services, apart from voluntary ones provided by various non-governmental organisations. She also outlined need for a guideline-based system for the law-enforcement agencies to avoid unnecessary detentions and overcrowding.
The session was moderated by Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Doctoral Scholar JIBS and Assistant Director, CVPS.
2) Talk at the Inaugural Ceremony of Fellow programme in Management, Jaipuria Noida
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, delivered a talk at the inaugural ceremony of the Fellow Programme in Management by Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida, on September 4.
In the virtual session Dr. Sahni emphasised on promoting basic research and hoped that the institute will strive to be a beacon of knowledge and promote an academic culture that blends the drive for knowledge and implementation.
Dr. Sahni hoped the programme would continue to encourage the institute in investing energy and resources in nurturing innovations that would accelerate the progress in management studies and help create a diverse and innovative academic environment.
Dr. DN Pandey, Director of the Jaipuria Institute of Management, made the opening remarks in which he praised the contribution of Dr. Sahni to the development of JGU.
3) One-day Teacher Training Programme on ‘Role of teachers in transforming society: Insights and Policy Implications’’
JIBS conducted a one-day online teacher training programme on ‘Role of teachers in transforming society: Insights and policy implications’ for the educators of multiple schools on September 5.
About 800 teachers participated in five webinar sessions which were held by different faculty members on a range of topics dealing with education system and behavioural competencies involving educators.
The course was intended to help the teachers in learning relevant tools and techniques to acquire a deeper understanding of the modern-day pedagogy and professional development.
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, delivered a special talk on “Education: Insights and Policy Implications” during the programme.
Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor & Director, JIBS, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS, and Deputy Director, Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), and Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor and Assistant Director – CLC, also conducted sessions on ‘Self-care and Emotional intelligence: Practice what you preach’, ‘Role of teacher: The change agent’ and ‘Social, emotional education’, respectively.
Additionally, Prof. (Dr.) Tanushree Sharma, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School, JGU, held a session on ‘Education: A Force Multiplier’.
4) 3-Day Online Certificate Programme on ‘Corporate Image Building’ for the officers of Coal India Subsidiaries–IICM, by JIBS and JILDEE
A three-day certificate programme on ‘Corporate Image Building’ for the officers of Coal India Subsidiaries–IICM, was organised by JIBS in collaboration with the Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE).
The online course held during September 7-9 was intended to help the participants in making better choices and decisions at workplace through organisational interventions on the basis of basic research to optimise growth.
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, delivered a talk on ‘Propaganda – Self and Organisation’ in which he elaborated on different aspects of individual and organisational propagandas that are used to further agendas in corporate agencies and other sectors.
Dr. Sahni focused on different propagandist strategies employed by various corporations and organisations to manipulate market opinion. The talk was well received and garnered positive feedback from the participants.
Other faculty members who conducted sessions during the three-day programme were Dr. Renu Emile, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School, on the topic ‘Corporate Image in Contemporary Times’; Dr. Tanushree Sharma, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School, on ‘Components of an Individual Image and Corporate Image’; Mr. Arun Albert, Head Training, JGU, on ‘The Grapevine and Rumors and Stereotype in Public Sector and How to Deal’; Dr. Satyam, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Business School, on ‘Public Relations of an Institution and Interdepartmental Image Building’; and Dr. Shubhomoy Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School, on ‘Importance of Corporate Image in your Organisation’.
5) Talk on ‘Happiness at Workplace’
On September 12, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS, and Deputy Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), conducted a webinar on ‘Happiness at Workplace’ in which more than 650 people participated.
The session focused on how to be happy at the workplace by strengthening personal, social and structural levels at work. 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 workplace.
During her talk, Dr. Bhatnagar also focused on tangible resources to explore for an employee for a practical, hands-on approach to being happier. She suggested the need for a more flexible and integrated framework based on the principles of purpose, engagement and resilience to increase happiness at work.
6) Online Teacher Training Programme on ‘Emotional Well-being and Stress Management’ for School Heads and Teachers of Madhya Pradesh
With an aim to create awareness among educators about different aspects regarding mental and emotional health while teaching, an online teacher training programme on stress management and performance enhancement was organised by JIBS on September 18 for teachers and school heads of various institutes of Madhya Pradesh.
The session was headed by Principal Director, JIBS, and behavioural expert Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni and moderated by Ms. Deep Mala Chowdhury.
The main purpose of the programme was to identify roadblocks to the mental wellbeing of teachers and possible ways to overcome them. Prof. Sahni explained the need for proper training and counselling that would eventually help teachers to alleviate stress and impart education in a more conducive atmosphere.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers across the country have shifted to online mode of imparting knowledge and are still grappling with the changes brought because of pandemic’s outbreak. The focus of the training thus was to impart techniques, tools and methods to teachers to help them manage this stress arising out of the pandemic.
7) Session on ‘Personal Emotional Development and Counselling’ for faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University
Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS, and Deputy Director-Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), was invited to conduct a session on ‘Personal-Emotional Development and Counselling’ by the UGC-HRD Centre, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. The session was held as a part of one-month Faculty Induction Programme, ‘Guru-Dakshta’, on September 23. The university’s 45 faculty members participated in the session.
During the session, Dr. Bhatnagar underlined the importance of integrating personal and emotional development into the professional learning environment of academic and educational institutions. She emphasised the need for taking counselling advice in a bid to alleviate the stress because of excessive emotional or professional burden.
8) Session on ‘Research, Professional Development and Academic Leadership’ for faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University
With an aim to help educators in conceptualising and developing academic research and leadership to implement a change initiative through interdisciplinary education, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS, and Deputy Director-Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), conducted a session on ‘Research, Professional Development and Academic Leadership’ for the faculty of Guru Nanak Dev University. The session held on September 25 was attended by 45 faculty members of the university.
Dr. Bhatnagar discussed how research in educational leadership and management can be developed within the existing operating constraints. She underlined the importance of piloting academic development programmes to foster the development of research and educational leadership across campuses. The session garnered positive feedback from the participants.
9) Online Teacher Training Programme on ‘Emotional Well-being and Stress Management’ for school heads and teachers of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
JIBS conducted an online teacher training programme on September 26 for teachers from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka that accentuated the ways to deal with mental health issues.
In this programme, Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, delivered a lecture on a range of issues that are adding to the mental health woes of teachers who are currently forced to teach from their homes owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
The programme dealt with issues like feasibility and productiveness of online classes for students, the need for alternate learning engagements and play-way methods of learning during the lockdown.
Owing to the current pandemic, the lack of interaction has lessened the richness of the learning experience and eliminated a significant element of the constructivist approach to learning. Thus, the training was designed to assist teachers in helping children acquire new skills and pursue their interests within these constraints.
10) Talk on ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict’ by Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar
A special talk on ‘Human-Wildlife Conflict’ was delivered by Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar, Expert Member – Assam State Biodiversity Board, Government of Assam, and Secretary General of NGO Aaranyak, on September 28 as a part of ‘Stories of Difference: Conversation Series’ by the Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies (CVPS) in collaboration with JIBS.
During his talk, Dr. Talukdar highlighted the immense challenges in addressing human-wildlife conflict because of the underlying cultural, political and economic aspects that shape it. Dr. Talukdar highlighted how human population growth and expansion, along with habitat degradation fragmentation, land use transformation and increasing densities of livestock grazing in protected areas, are adding to the already aggravating worldwide human-wildlife conflict.