Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 10 (October)

The Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies (CVPS), Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised the 8thInternational Conference on Victim Assistance. The two-day conference was held from October 21- 22.


The Conference was inaugurated by Mr. Ravi Nair, Executive Director, South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre in the august presence of Prof. (Dr.) YSR Murthy, Registrar, JGU and Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS. 



The conference on Victim Assistance is an attempt by JIBS to nurture critical thinking in the field of victimology and encourage a network of Victimologists around the world to come together to deliberate on issues of concern in the discipline from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Speaking on the occasion,Dr. Sahni said, The conference is gaining popularity and rigour with every passing year. We have seen an increased interest as never before this year with more than 550 registrations and about 250 abstracts for presentation”.  He acknowledged the contributions of Prof.(Dr.) Chokalingam, Prof. G.S. Bajpai, Prof. (Dr.) Jaishankar, Prof. (Dr.) Beulah Shekhar, and Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor of JGU towards promoting dialogue in Victimology in India.

Terming victimology in India as “the curious osmosis of a state-centric and more citizen-focused science” Mr. Ravi Nair, Executive Director of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre (SAHRDC) emphasised bridging the gap between research and practice. “In spite of the excellent work done in Victimology to develop improved methods of victim relief, the actual end of the delivery system is feeble, but it may be improved. It is important to remember that criminal justice is a holistic concept. You can be an ostrich with your head in the sand or you can be caring like Mahatma Gandhi and fight oppression,” he said.


 The two-day conference, in its 8th edition deliberated on the multiple issues around Victim assistance: Victims’ Rights and the Criminal Justice System, Violence within Family (IPV, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse), Sex, Gender and Sexuality (including violence against member of LGBTQ community), Role of NGOs, Violence Against Women and Children, Media and Cyber Victimization, Human Trafficking and Victimization of Immigrants.


 40 papers were presented by eminent Behavioural Scientists and Victimology and Psychological Studies’ scholars from across the globe. Over 100 delegates from different Universities over various countries participated in the conference.

JIBS also hosted and conducted several other academic, training and capacity building initiatives over the past month.

1) Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni delivers lecture on Organizational Development at Nanjing University

Dr. Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), taught an elective course on ‘Organizational Development’ to about 65 MBA students from Nanjing University Business School (NUBS), China on October 4th and 5th.

NUBS is the first professional Chinese university business school. NUBS’s disciplinary areas include economics and management.

Dr. Sahni’s lectures offered practical insights to sharpen the leadership skills and competencies of middle and senior level executives in a bid to expedite organizational development – with particular focus on global leadership, talent management and human resource practices.


2) Prof. Birendra N. Mallick delivers talk on ‘The Brain During Sleep’

On 7 October  2019, the  Centre for Community Mental Health and the Centre for Leadership and Change, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organized a talk on “The Brain during Sleep” by Prof. (Dr.) Birendra Mallick, Professor of Neurobiology, School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Prof Mallick- an eminent scientist in the field has done extensive research on understanding ‘Neural Regulation and Functions of REM Sleep’. He has published over 130 research papers and book chapters and has written/edited 4 books apart from delivering 300 invited lectures within the country and abroad.

The lecture intended to create awareness among participants about the various influences on REM sleep: the ontogeny and functions, evolutionary perspectives and the factors in REM sleep regulation.


 3) CCMH conducts assessment of mental and physical health for Biswamil participants

Brain Behavior Laboratory and Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH), Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) organized an assessment for mental and physical health for participants of the annual JGU festival Biswamil. Participants’ mental health was assessed by skin resistance and physical health was assessed through blood oxygen levels. 

The results were discussed with the students and they were guided to improve their mental and physical health. About 25-30 students availed of this facility. The student’s queries regarding anger management, stress management and positive well-being were also addressed. The assessment was conducted by Ms Karishma and Ms Nisha Phakey, research scholars under the guidance of Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, JIBS, JGU.

 4) JILDEE conducts 5-day certificate programme for Government of Odisha officers in collaboration with JIBS

A 5 Day Certificate Programme on ‘Leadership Development, Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ was organized by Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) under the aegis of Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) for officers of the Government of Odisha. The event was held from October 21-25, at O.P Jindal Global University.

The certificate course was intended to make participants understand the nuances of leadership development and stress management.

The major objective of this course for participants was to obtain knowledge about various leadership facets like Managerial Effectiveness, Strategic Leadership, Conflict Resolution and Emotional Intelligence. The course also helped to understand the organizational interventions on the basis of the assessment results to optimize growth.

Lt Col Rajat Mathur, Joint Director, JILDEE presented the opening remarks at the Inaugural Session. Lt Gen Rajesh Kochhar – Senior Director JILDEE, JGU, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor & Joint Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, JIBS, JGU conducted special workshops for the participants.