1) 9th International Conference on ‘Victim Assistance: Challenges and Resilience’
Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised the ‘9th International Conference on ‘Victim Assistance’ during October 30- 31, with the main theme as ‘Victim Assistance: Challenges and Resilience during COVID-19’.
COVID-19 has caused immense trauma and victimisation across the globe. Out of 215 countries, areas and territories globally affected by COVID-19, 134 refugee hosting countries are reporting local transmissions. Every third professional has lost their job since the outbreak of the pandemic. This has caused an environment of stress and duress within families and the society at large. Individuals living in abusive relationships or in a situation of violence are also facing extreme trauma.
Keeping in consideration the pervasive mental health deterioration during the pandemic, the ‘9th International Conference on Victim Assistance’ brought together professionals and experts from varied fields to discuss various issues and problems faced by individuals in different sectors. It also focused on highlighting the need for collective efforts from the academia, criminal justice system, law enforcement agencies, medical professionals, non-governmental organisation and others.
“The conference provides an interdisciplinary platform to disseminate, exchange and generate knowledge through engagement of a wide variety of government officials, lawyers, judges, medical professionals, social workers, media personnel, policymakers, psychologists, sociologists, criminologists, victimologists, anthropologists and interdisciplinary students around the world,” said Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS.
Dr. Sahni, who is also a noted behavioural expert and Director of Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies (CVPS), emphasised the need for victim assistance during these tough times and encouraged collective efforts to combat trauma, oppression and injustice towards various sections of the society.
“The conference at this point of time provides an excellent opportunity for researchers across the globe to come together and contemplate over various ideas and frameworks to combat victimisation,” he added.
The conference was attended by many eminent psychologists, victimologists and criminologists. Speakers included Professor (Dr.) Emilio Viano, Professor, Department of Justice, Law and Society, American University, and President, International Society of Criminology, Professor (Dr.) K. Chockalingam, Chairperson, Executive Council, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Professor (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai, Professor & Registrar, National Law University-Delhi, India, and President, Indian Society Of Victimology and many others.
Over 1,000 scholars from more than 25 countries across the globe participated in the conference. Besides, 15 peer reviewed abstracts were presented during the colloquium. Several pertinent sessions on varied topics were presented, including conflict, intolerance and the role of the criminal justice system during the time of COVID-19, victims and their victimisation, oppression, injustice and empowerment during a pandemic, displacement and rehabilitation of victims, amongst others.
2) Stories of Difference: Conversation Series
As a part of its conversation series, ‘Stories of Difference’, JIBS organised a talk in collaboration with team FUEL (Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson) on October 1. The programme was held as a part of community impact initiative of Centre for Victimology & Psychological Studies (CVPS).
The discussion aimed at highlighting the ways to achieve holistic human development through diverse human learnings.
Mr. Deepak Ramola, Founder and Artistic Director, Project FUEL, and Ms. Sanya Jain, Research Scholar, Project FUEL, spoke during the discussion emphasising the need to document the understanding of life through people’s life lessons and ‘passing them on for everyone to live their best life’.
The session was moderated by Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Assistant Director, Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies (CVPS).
3) Four-day online certificate programme on ‘Anti-fraud Framework, Financial and Digital Forensics’ for officers of Comptroller and Auditor General of India
JIBS organised a four-day online certificate programme on ‘Financial Management Training’ for the officers from the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).
The four-day virtual programme was conducted in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) from October 5 to 8.
The experts during the course of the programme stressed on the urgent need to strengthen current cyber laws and at the same time impart education to masses on how to protect themselves from fraudulent transactions.
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIGBS, Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Lecturer, JIBS, Ms. Sweta Lakhani, Lecturer, Jindal Global Law School, Mr. Ulhas Gondhali, Lecturer, JIBS, Mr. Pankaj Singh, IPS, Addl. DG Border Security Force and Professor (Dr.) Debarati Haldar, United World School of Law, Karnavati University, conducted sessions.
4) Discussion on the project, ‘Device to Dream’
Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies (CVPS) under the aegis of JIBS organised a special discussion on the project ‘Device to Dream’ as a part of its initiative, Stories of Difference: Conversation Series. Members of team Budli.in participated in the discussion which was held on October 10.
Budli.in has collaborated with ‘Teach For India’ in their project “Device to Dream” to provide gadgets to children for educational purposes during COVID-19. Budli is driving change in India through Re-Commerce — Reverse Commerce — of used gadgets like smartphones, tablets and laptops. It is on a mission to provide 100 million people access to affordable technology through re-commerce.
Speakers in the webinar included Mr. Rohit Bagaria, Founder & CVO, Budli, Ms. Vanshika Ramkrishna Singh, Fellow, Teach for India, and Mr. Rohan Kumar, Fellow, Teach for India.
The session was moderated by Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Assistant Director, CVPS.
5) Five-day online programme on ‘International Development Cooperation and Inclusive Economic Growth in India with a Focus on MSMEs and Women’s Enterprise’
JIBS, in collaboration with JILDEE, KDI School of Public Policy and Management and The Asia Foundation, organised a five-day online programme on ‘International Development Cooperation and Inclusive Economic Growth in India with a Focus on MSMEs and Women’s Enterprise’, from October 13 to 15 and October 20 to 21 for professionals and students from Korea.
The main focus of the programme was to discuss and deliberate upon various entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities in setting up women enterprises and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
COVID-19 pandemic has led to an economic slowdown across the world. The medium and small enterprises, which are the backbone of the economy and provide employment to a large number of people in many countries, especially India, have suffered major losses. Keeping this in consideration, the five-day programme underlined the policies and techniques that can help in overcoming the situation.
Prof (Dr) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, Lt Gen. Dr. Rajesh Kochhar (Retd), Senior Director, JILDEE, , Prof. Ram Ramchandran, Prof. Mayank Dhaundiyal, Prof. Arjya Majumdar, Prof. Tanushree Sharma, Prof. James Nedumpara, Prof. Ronita Choudhuri, Dr. Hebatullah Adam and Dr. Meenakshi Tomar from JGU conducted sessions on different topics during the five-day programme.
6) Panel Discussion on ‘Overcoming the Challenges of a Virtual University: A discussion to promote a Safe and Sustainable Learning Environment’
Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor, JIBS and Deputy Director, Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), was invited as a guest panelist for an online discussion ‘Overcoming the Challenges of a Virtual University: A discussion to promote a Safe and Sustainable Learning Environment’ by Centre for Social Action (CSA), School of Law, Christ (deemed to be) University, Bangalore, on 14 October 2020.
The event was attended by 332 participants.
The online session aimed to raise awareness about the consequences on the mental health of teachers and students due to the sudden transformation from classrooms to web-rooms in the background of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Bhatnagar highlighted the classroom dynamics between teachers and students during an online session and the difference between an offline and an online class from the perspective of both teachers as well as students. She also talked about the challenges faced by senior/aged teachers due to the unprecedented transformation to e-learning.
Stressing on the need for stress management, Dr. Bhatnagar suggested ways to reduce psychological pressure on both teachers as well as students to create an environment of inclusivity, mutual understanding and sustainable learning.
7) Three-day E-Certificate programme on ‘Unlocking the Secrets and Science of Happiness’ for officers of Power Grid Corporation of India
A three-day online certificate programme on ‘Unlocking the Secrets and Science of Happiness’ for officers of Power Grid Corporation of India was organised by JIBS and JILDEE during October 14-16.
The certificate course was intended to help participants in making better choices and decisions at workplace and also help them understand the organisational interventions on the basis of the assessment results to optimise growth.
The programme focused on aspects such as Stress Management and Performance Enhancement, Emotional Intelligence, Anxiety Management, Practical Positive Psychology and Mindfulness for a Balanced Life.
Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor and Deputy Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor and Assistant Director – CLC, conducted sessions for the participants.
8) Workshop on ‘Counselling: Theory, Practice and Intervention’
A three-day hands-on training workshop on ‘Counselling: Theory, Practice and Intervention’ was organised by JIBS during October 15-17.
The workshop aimed at upgrading budding counsellors with different tools of counselling and new methodologies that have evolved in the field. Experts talked on topics ranging from Family Stress Theory, Positive Psychology Interventions, Family Therapy, Subjective Wellbeing Interventions to Rational Emotive Behaviour Theory and Interventions.
The free workshop was held for participants who had completed a masters in Psychology, Counselling, Clinical Psychology or had a counseling experience of two months.
The participants were provided with E-certificates on successful completion of all six sessions. The workshop was attended by close to 120 participants across three days. Prof. (Dr.) Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC), Prof. (Dr.) Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor, JIBS and Assistant Director, CLC, Prof. (Dr.) Tithi Bhatnagar Associate Professor, JIBS, and Deputy Director CLC, Prof. (Dr.) Mohamad Hadi Ghasemi Nejad, Associate Professor, JSPC, and Ms. Nandini Das Ghoshal, Founder-Director, Rhizome Learning, Singapore, conducted sessions on varied topics during the programme.
9) Talk on ‘A practical guide to teachers’ wellbeing’
Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, JSPC, conducted a special talk on ‘A practical guide to teachers’ wellbeing’ for the principals, counsellors and teachers from various institutes across the country on October 17.
The focus of the session was to acquaint teachers with tools and techniques to effectively enhance their wellbeing while actively engaging with day to day pedagogical activities.
JIBS has been conducting such programmes for schools, teachers, principals, students and parents for the purpose of performance enhancement, excellence in life and stress management of all the stakeholders involved in educational system. These programmes also aim at techniques of dissemination of knowledge in an easy language to the teaching community so as to enhance their functioning and workload management.
With the changing times as the mode of education is shifting to online medium, it is necessary that teachers adapt to the novel ways of imparting education and at the same time maintain their emotional as well as mental health. Keeping this in mind, the webinar was organised. The session was attended by close to 450 teachers.
10) Webinar on ‘The Role of Brain Mapping in Forensic Psychology’
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, conducted a webinar on ‘The Role of Brain Mapping in Forensic Psychology’ which was organised by ‘Think India’ on October 26.
The webinar aimed at teaching brain mapping techniques to address the problem of lack of availability of physical evidence to determine the complicity of a suspect. It also discussed different ways in which the brain reactions can be used to detect whether a person has information relating to the crime stored in his brain.
During the webinar, Dr. Sahni underlined the need for upgrading budding experts with different tools and new methodologies that have evolved in the field. He stressed on the need of introducing new technology to tackle crimes.
“The different ways in which the brain reacts to different stimuli can be used to detect whether a person has information relating to the crime stored in his brain. There is a need of research and development in this field which can lead to better tackling of crimes, thereby reducing the crime rates globally,” Dr. Sahni said.
11) Four-day online certificate programme on ‘Financial Management Training Programme’ for officers of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India
A four-day online certificate programme on ‘Financial Management Training Programme’ was organised by JIBS and Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education from October 26-29.
The aim of the programme was to provide assistance on the process of planning, organising, controlling and monitoring financial resources with a view to achieve organisational goals and objectives.
During the virtual programme, experts delivered lectures on topics such as International Financial Management, Foreign Exchange Market, Exchange Risk Management, Investment Decisions, Concepts of Capital Budgeting, Factors affecting Capital Investment Decisions and Financial Markets and its Global impact.
The conference was graced by eminent speakers which included Prof. S. K. Bhasin, Associate Professor of Practice, Jindal Global Business School (JGBS), Prof. (Dr.) Brajesh Kumar, Professor & Vice Dean, JGBS, Prof. (Dr.) Anand Mishra, Professor & Vice Dean, Jindal School of Banking and Finance, Prof. (Dr.) Chitresh Kumar, Associate Professor, JGBS, and Deputy Controller of Examinations, JGU.
12) First International Symposium on ‘Crime Studies for New Criminal Justice Protocols during a Global Pandemic’
JIBS organised the first international symposium on Crime Studies that focused on new Criminal Justice protocols during a global pandemic. The two-day event from October 28 to 29 aimed at introducing a unique discourse on how the pandemic and the restrictions that various countries have imposed in their versions of a global lockdown have redefined crime trends and citizen rights. It also highlighted the fragility of state-citizen relationships and illustrated a need for better policing practices across the globe.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted crime disproportionately; while property crimes are low, human and wildlife trafficking, illegal markets, online frauds and economic crimes are on the rise. Additionally, the health crisis also presents unique risks and challenges for the policing and prison systems to address. This situation presented a unique learning opportunity for all criminal justice systems worldwide to recognise their shortcomings and to create new protocols to continue their work in such a crisis.
The themes discussed during the symposium included ‘Interdisciplinary Crime Studies in COVID Pandemic’, ‘Environmental Crimes and Wildlife Forensics’, ‘Maritime Crimes’ and ‘Forensic Criminology in Modern India’.
“With the increasing advent of technology into everyday lifestyle for majority of the population, certain crimes such as online frauds, identity thefts and dark web illegal markets are presenting unique challenges to law enforcement. There is a present need to train our law enforcement in digital strategies and investigation techniques. Such studies into emerging crime trends, policing and rehabilitation activities will provide useful takeaways for the criminal justice system to implement in the post-pandemic world. At the same time, the internet is also a good way for effective community policing and improving public education and awareness regarding crimes,” said Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS.
Renowned speakers like Dr. Mitra Sharafi from University of Wisconsin Law School, USA, a legal historian working on the history of forensics in South Asia; Dr. Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal from Stonehill College, USA, whose research ranges from maritime piracy to green criminology and indigenous rights; Dr. Mark Briskey of Murdoch University, Australia, who has been working on state and citizens’ rights and public safety in the pandemic; Dr. G. K. Goswami, a well-published IPS officer and former CBI Joint Director who has consistently advocated for better forensic practices and regulations in Indian investigations; and Dr. Anish P. Andheria, President of Wildlife Conservation Trust, an NGO dedicated to wildlife conservation across 160 sanctuaries and national parks in India, spoke to around 1,000 scholars from more than 25 countries.
13) Seminars on mental health by Cosmos, Singapore
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, was invited to seminars on ‘Mental health of MNC Employees amidst Pandemic’ and ‘Impact of online education on mental health of students’ by Cosmos Singapore on October 29 and October 30, respectively.
The virtual seminars aimed at discussing different aspects of mental health crisis during the current global pandemic.
During the online sessions, experts shared their ideas on a looming second-order mental health crisis that is beginning to emerge as a result of global quarantines and a massive sudden shift to working from home.
Dr. Sahni highlighted the need to recognise the enormity of the global mental health crisis because of the prevailing situation worldwide. “After World War II, this is the time when people in such large numbers are going definitely through stress, if not trauma,” he said.
During the online session, Nick Johnson, Managing Director, EGN, Singapore, emphasised on the need of a conversation between managers and employees to alleviate the crisis. “Our research shows that the mental health of your reports should not be outsourced to human resources. In fact, when people were asked to rank who they were willing to talk to about mental health concerns, peers and managers were the two groups with whom people were most willing to address mental health,” he said.
The impact of online education on the mental health of students was also discussed in a separate session. The webinar discussed the repercussions of the continuous exposure to gadgets and smartphones on the psychology of the students.
14) JIBS shortlisted for ‘The Wharton-QS Reimagine Education – Sustainability Award’
JIBS has been shortlisted for ‘The Wharton-QS Reimagine Education – Sustainability Award’ for the work it has done globally through its teachers training programmes (TTP’s).
Aimed at capacity building of teachers and skills improvement outreach initiative for educators, the JIBS TTP programme has benefitted more than 40,000 participants globally. The programme caters to the improved quality education and aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-4.
The Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards & Conference is a global competition and virtual conference which encourages educators across the globe to spot problems in the pedagogy and find innovative solutions to these problems.
Out of nearly 1,500 applications submitted across the 13 award categories, JIBS is shortlisted among the top 12 percent of the innovations worldwide.