1) Book Preview and Panel Discussion: ‘Global Perspective of Victimology and Criminology’
Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) held on August 1 an online book preview of “Global Perspectives on Victimology and Criminology’, which was attended by more than 450 participants.
Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS; Professor (Dr.) K. Chockalingam, Chairperson, Executive Council, Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD); and Professor (Dr.) Beulah Shekhar, Emeritus Professor Criminology at Karunya University were the panel members. Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Lecturer at JIBS, moderated the session.
Edited by Prof. (Dr.) Sahni and Prof. Shekhar, ‘Global Perspectives on Victimology and Criminology’ provides comprehensive insights through chapters contributed by eminent criminologists and victimologists on victimisation analysis, crime prevention and control strategies as well as potential transformations evolving in the field.
Prof. (Dr.) Sahni deliberated extensively on the relevant framework and contextual intricacies within which criminologists, law enforcement agencies, victim advocates, crime analysts and academicians can formulate public safety agendas across the globe.
The discussion was well received by the participants and garnered positive feedback.
2) Online course on ‘How to Publish with Oxford Journals’
Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Associate Professor, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences JIBS, and Ms. Bhavya Chhabra, Senior Research Fellow, JIBS, participated in a certification series on ‘ How to Publish with Oxford Journals’, on July 30.
The online course focused on providing information regarding key concepts in a researcher’s world that include Impact Factor, Altimetric Scores, Digital Object Identifier, etc. It also highlighted the dos and don’ts of the online article submission process.
The session was divided into two phases. The first phase entailed a two-hour session, which elaborated crucial course details essential for a budding researcher. In second phase, a quiz had to be passed after which an e-certificate from Oxford University Press was generated.
The Jean Monnet Modules, Chairs, and Centers of Excellence intended for teaching and research are awarded annually through a competitive process by the European Commission of the E.U. through its Erasmus + programme since 2014. This year 1,447 grant applications were submitted. India received five modules and chairs in three universities.
The Jean Monnet activities are aimed at galvanising the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance and oversight of E.U. policies. Key activities of the Jean Monnet Chair spread over three years include teaching courses, research, holding conferences, networking activities and publications.
The award of Jean Monnet Chair is a step in the direction of establishing a Center of Excellence in a higher education institution. These Centres are designed to draw upon their teaching expertise and research strengths to support students, policymakers and the public on E.U. affairs as well as to forge partnerships with similar institutions across the world.
There are 162 Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence, 875 Jean Monnet Chairs and 1,001 Jean Monnet Teaching Modules worldwide in 72 countries in five continents. These projects bring together 1,500 university professors, and reach approximately 500,000 students every year.
3) Session moderation on ‘Institutional Support, Social Engagement and Emotional Well-being’ at ‘Global Virtual Conference on Reimagining & Transforming the University’
JGU and International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) conducted a two-day global conference on ‘Reimagining and Transforming the University: Confluence of Ideas during and beyond the COVID-19 Disruption,’ from August 6-7.
Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, moderated a session on ‘Institutional Support, Social Engagement and Emotional Well-being’ during the conference.
Professor (Dr.) Souvik Bhattacharyya, Vice Chancellor BITS Pilani, Professor (Dr.) Mark E. Smith, President & Vice-chancellor University of Southampton, Professor (Dr.) Michael Spence, Vice chancellor & Principal, The University of Sydney and Professor (Dr.) Neharika Vohra, Professor Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad, were the distinguished speakers during the session.
During the global conference, more than 80 thought leaders from 6 continents and 15 countries participated in different sessions which included 15 thematic panel discussions, 4 keynote addresses and 2 special dialogues, among them a special panel led by women leaders from universities.
This conference was conducted right after the launch of India’s National Education Policy 2020 aimed to reimagine and transform the future of education and universities in the country.
4) More than 2,000 participants attend JIBS Webinar Sessions in August
As coronavirus pandemic halted physical learning exchanges in academic institutions across the country, JIBS continued its educational series on topics accentuating mental health, emotional well-being and stress management via the online mode.
More than 2000 participated in 9 webinars which were held in August on a range of topics dealing with behavioural sciences. Out of the 9 webinars conducted in the month, one was conducted for Department of Criminology and Police Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh and another for teachers of Nepal.
So far, more than 28,000 participants — which include students, parents, teachers, and other professionals — have attended the online sessions aimed to raise awareness and strengthen knowledge and understanding of behavioral competencies.
During the pandemic, the primary focus of the webinar series has been to encourage students and professionals from various walks of life to indulge in proper training and counselling that would eventually help them alleviate the stress associated with the pandemic more effectively and rapidly.
Apart from Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, webinars were also conducted by Dr. Manjushree Palit, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Mr. Vipin Vijay Nair and Ms. Bhavya Chabbra on varied topics such as The Art of Listening, ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’, ‘Using Humor for Success at Workplace’ and ‘Positive Psychology for Workplace Wellness and Stress Management’.
6) Online Teacher Training Programme on “Stress Management and Performance Enhancement”
With an aim to create awareness among teachers about different aspects affecting mental health during the current Covid-19-related lockdown, an online Teacher Training Programme (TTP) on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ was organised by Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) on August 29 for teachers from various institutes of Maharashtra.
The session was facilitated by Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS.
The main purpose of the programme was to identify the roadblocks to the mental well-being of teachers and possible ways to overcome them. Prof. (Dr.) Sahni explained the need for proper training and counselling that would eventually help teachers to alleviate the stress and help in imparting education in a more conducive atmosphere.
During the pandemic, teachers across the country have shifted to the online mode of imparting knowledge and they are still grappling with the changes brought about by the COVID-19 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) Talk on ‘Challenges for Physical Education in the New Education Policy 2020’
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, conducted a talk on ‘Challenges for Physical Education in the New Education Policy 2020’ for students of Department of Physical Education & Sports, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, to commemorate National Sports Day on August 29.
The session focused on the different aspects of the National Education Policy 2020 approved by the Union government on July 29 this year and whether the new policy paves the way for transformational reforms in schools and higher education institutions in the country for the physical education sector.
The new National Education Policy proposes to increase school students’ exposure to sports and other activities and offers increased flexibility and choice of subjects, allowing students to choose physical education as part of the curriculum.
In his talk, Prof. (Dr.) Sahni emphasised how sports-integration or utilising physical activities in pedagogical practices can help increase the students’ cognitive abilities and promote their physical and psychological well-being.
8) Online Teacher Training Programme on ‘Mental Health and Coping with Stress During Lockdown’ for Teachers of Nepal
JIBS conducted on August 31 an online Teacher Training Programme (TTP) for teachers of Nepal that explored the ways to deal with mental health issues arising out of the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic related lockdowns and restrictions. In the TTP, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS,- talked on a range of issues that are adding to the mental health woes of teachers who are forced to teach from their homes due to the pandemic.
The programme dealt with issues like feasibility and productiveness of online classes for students, need for alternate learning engagements and play-way methods of learning during the lockdown.
Lack of human interaction owing to the pandemic has lessened the richness of the learning experience and omitted a significant element of the constructivist approach to learning. Thus the training was designed to assist teachers in their effort to help children acquire new skills and pursue their interests within these constraints.
9) Two-day online Certificate Programme on “Wellbeing @Work for a Happier You”
A two-day online Certificate Programme on “Wellbeing @ Work for a Happier You “ was organised by the Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) under the aegis of Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) from August 13-14, which was attended by over 300 participants from across the country.
The online certificate course aimed at helping the participants to achieve contentment and wellbeing at their workplaces by employing different methods, techniques and strategies that would help them in making better decisions at workplace; educating how human potential can be maximized through behavioral competencies and the role of psychophysiology in individual development and performance enhancement.
Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS presented a special session on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ during the course, whereas Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor and Director, JIBS conducted a talk on ‘The Art of Listening’.
Sessions on ‘Using Humor for Success at Workplace’ and ‘Positive Psychology for Workplace Wellness’ were also held by Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC) and Dr. Pulkit Khanna- Associate Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC), respectively.
The sessions were moderated by JIBS Research scholar- Ms. Tanni Choudhury.