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Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 12 (December)

JIBS Infotainment channel hits 3 million mark

JIBS Infotainment – the digital media ensemble of Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) – has crossed 3 million views on its YouTube channel. The channel has also garnered more than 35 million impressions across social media platforms and gained more than 19,000 subscribers.  

Started in 2019, JIBS Infotainment aimed at discussing and deliberating various critical issues marring the contemporary world from a psychological point of view. It aims to reach out to audiences with little or no access to the academic world and disseminate the findings of behavioural research and experimentation in a lucid yet thorough manner.

“I have always been aware of the huge gap that exists between the parlance of academia and the common population. Often times, even though we may put in a lot of efforts in researching about issues, we write and speak in a manner which is incomprehensible to the masses… So I felt there was a need of disseminating our viewpoints and research in what they term as ‘common person’s’ language,” Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, wrote in a congratulatory message on his LinkedIn handle.

“The response we have received so far is overwhelming. It is always great to hear from a host of people who say they have benefitted from our shows. Definitely, there is always a lot of scope to improve. There is a need to make more interactive content… Work on more user friendly interfaces… And choose more niche topics… And we are on it! We are sure we would be able to cross more and more ‘digital milestones’ in 2022,” he added.

The JIBS Infotainment channel broadcasts graphical video explainers and short documentary videos that accentuate relevant topics like Mental Health Disorders, Performance Enhancement Techniques, Increasing Behavioural Competencies and dealing with various psychological issues.

Recently, the Conversation Series show hosted by JIBS researchers that dealt with various critical issues experienced during the global pandemic has been very popular among netizens.

So far, JIBS Infotainment channel has broadcast more than 100 snippet’esque videos with motion graphics and animations on issues primarily revolving around psychology and behavioural sciences. The channel also uploads short videos and documentaries on issues revolving around society and psychology.
In December, JIBS organised and undertook many events and activities. They are described below.

Lecture at Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice

Dr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted guest lectures on various topics related to Criminology and Criminal Justice at Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice.

The lectures were held for the students of PG Diploma and Certificate Courses in Police Administration between December 1 and 10.

The lecture series by Dr. Nair focused on teaching and research in the fields of Police, Social Sciences, Public Safety, Security and other related areas from a criminological perspective.

The lectures garnered positive feedback and were well received.

Webinar on ‘Higher Education – Prospects for National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) Students with Learning Disability’

Dr. Kulpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) and an honorary fellow at JIBS was invited by the Shriram Millennium School for an interactive session on ‘Higher education – Prospects for NIOS Students with Learning Disability’.

The session was organised on December 4 for the counsellors, teachers, and parents of the school. It was attended by 40 participants.

The webinar was organised keeping in mind the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and the transformation it brought about, especially with respect to the virtual mode of communication. During the webinar, Dr. Kaur highlighted the difficulties faced by parents, teachers, and even counsellors while teaching children with special learning abilities.

Dr. Kaur appreciated the efforts taken by NIOS like flexibility in choosing subjects and courses which motivate students and at the same time promote a healthy environment for children with special abilities.

Online Certificate Programme on ‘Training Need Analysis and Structured Training Modules’ for officers of CAG

JIBS organised an online certificate programme on ‘Training Need Analysis and Structured Training Modules’ for officers from the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

The virtual programme was conducted in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) from December 6 to 10. Twenty-five participants attended the programme.

The programme focused on the need to introduce the basics of communication skills to the officers and the need to identify their training and developmental needs so that they can do their job effectively.

The course is aimed at preparing officers to adapt to the ever changing technological advancements and to enhance their skills.

Speakers included Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS; Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS; Mr. Jeevan Deep Sehgal, Assistant Professor of Management Practice, JIBS; Prof. (Dr.) Tanushree Sharma, Professor, JGBS; and Dr. Anshu Sharma, Associate Professor, JGBS.

Training Programme with JILDEE – 6-10 Dec 2021

Certificate Programme on ‘Enhancing Personal Effectiveness and Growth’

JIBS organised a three-day certificate programme on ‘Enhancing Personal Effectiveness and Growth’ for the trainees of Indian Revenue Service (C&IT).

The training programme was conducted in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE), from December 8 to 10 at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics (NACIN), Faridabad.

Around 35 trainees attended the training sessions. It was organised with the aim of imparting personal development skills to the attendees so that they can maximise their potential and focus on their self-development and personal growth.

Recognising that personal development skills are the main driving force behind improved work performance, the programme highlighted the need to create strategic and tactical plans for one’s own personal growth.

Speakers included Prof. (Dr) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS; Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS; Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor, JIBS; Prof. (Dr.) K.K. Pandey, Professor, JGBS; Prof. (Dr.) Tanushree Sharma, Proessor, JGBS; and Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor & Associate Dean, JSPC.

Training Programme with JILDEE – 8-10 Dec 2021

JIBS Scholar Secures Coveted ‘Mental Health Champ’ Badge from NIMHANS

Shruti Dua, Academic Tutor & TRIP Fellow at JIBS has secured the coveted ‘Mental Health Champ’ badge by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, on December 17.

Dua had participated in the ‘Engage to Change, World Mental Health Day-2021’ competition conducted by NIMHANS Bangalore.

Her entry was adjudged as one of the best entries in the ‘Compassionate and Equalizing Category’. Her idea focused on Psychological First Aid Training and Self-Care Practices for college students that highlighted various aspects of psychological well-being as well as creating resources to help alleviate issues regarding mental health. 

“There is a deluge of mental health issues on campuses, which often goes unnoticed. College students experience poor mental well-being due to many factors, like coming from marginalised backgrounds, disabilities or ill-health, feeling isolated and a sense of non-belonging owing to class disparity. This needs to be addressed,” Dua said.  

“I drew inspiration from the elective ‘Psychological First Aid: Skills to Help Self & Others’ I floated this semester under the guidance of Dr. Pulkit Khanna, [Associate Professor & Associate Dean at O.P. Jindal Global University],” she added.

Workshop on ‘Green Corruption: Financial Crimes in Illegal Wildlife Trade’

JIBS in collaboration with the Centre for Criminology and Forensic Studies (CCFS) organised a workshop on “Green Corruption: Financial Crimes in Illegal Wildlife Trade” on December 18.

The event brought together thought leaders from government, private industry, and civil society to explore the burning issues of environmental degradation through the lens of financial crime and illicit trade. More than 250 participants attended the conference.

The inaugural address was delivered by Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik, Professor and Registrar, JGU. During the workshop Mr. Arvind Kumar Chaurasia, Deputy Director, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India, discussed the role of law enforcement in detection and prevention of financial crimes in the illicit wildlife trade.

Dr. Tarini Mehta, Associate Professor, Environmental Law and Science Advocacy Forum, Jindal School of Environment and Sustainability (JSES), deliberated on the laws in the prevention of financial crimes in illicit wildlife trades. Prof. (Dr.) Abhiroop Chowdhury, Associate Professor, JSES, also discussed about science in the prevention of financial crimes in illicit wildlife trade.

Workshop on 18 Dec 2021

JIBS faculty invited to Academic Council meeting by IILM

Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor and Deputy Director at the Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), was invited by the Institute of Integrated Learning in Management (IILM) University to their Academic Council meeting on December 24.

The meeting was aimed at improving the course curriculum for the institute’s B.A (Hons.) and M.A Psychology programmes.

Dr. Bhatnagar, having vast experience in the fields of academia and industry, provided valuable suggestions and inputs to improve the course structure and academic curriculum of the said IILM programmes. Dr. Bhatnagar is a member of the International Society of Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and Academic Council of United Nations (ACUNS), and is often invited by several organisations as a resource person.