Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 6 (June)

JIBS organises Webinars and Summer School

1)       Webinar on ‘Leadership for Adult Learners and Professionals’

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised a webinar on ‘Leadership Roles for Adult Learners and Professionals’ on 15 June.

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, who was the speaker at the webinar, focused on the role of education in transferring leadership skills to adult and preparing them to be future leaders. “Adults are aware of specific learning needs generated by real-life events such as marriage, divorce, parenting, taking a new job, losing a job and so on. Adult learners’ needs and interests are the starting points and serve as guideposts for training activities,” Dr Sahni said.

He stressed on the fact that adult learning is enhanced by hands-on experience that involves adults in the learning process. “Experiences that provide an opportunity for successfully practicing a new skill will increase the likelihood of retention and on-the-job application,” he said.

The webinar was attended by close to 130 participants.

2)      Webinar on ‘Understanding Rehabilitation of Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation’

Dr. Vipin Vijay Nair, Assistant Professor, JIBS and Assistant Director- Centre for Criminology and Forensic Studies (CCFS) and Centre for Victimology and Psychological Studies (CVPS), was invited as a speaker for a webinar on ‘Understanding Rehabilitation of Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation’ by Rashtriya Raksha University on 17 June.

The webinar focused upon the aspect of defining strategies for improving prevention and identification of and interventions for victims and survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation’.

Dr. Vipin Vijay Nair highlighted that minors who are commercially sexually exploited or trafficked for sexual purposes should not be considered criminals and sex trafficking of minors should be understood as acts of abuse and violence against children and adolescents.

Focusing on the role of government in rehabilitating victims of commercial sexual exploitation, Dr Nair elaborated on the different schemes initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and how they can help in alleviating these crimes. He observed that factors like social support, vocational and victim assistance and others can help in effective rehabilitation of the victims.

The webinar was attended by 50 students from Rashtriya Raksha University.

3)      Webinar on ‘Best Practices on Online Student Assessment During Covid-19’ for Educators and Professionals of Various Institutions

Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, addressed a webinar on ‘Best Practices on Online Student Assessment during Covid-19.’ The session was organised for educators and professionals of various institutions on 18 June.

More than 1,100 educators and professionals from various institutions attended the session.

The webinar was organised keeping in mind the enormous challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic has posed to the education sector, especially in the assessment of school students. Dr. Sahni elaborated on the aspect of establishing protocols through which schools can gather additional information about students so that it can guide principals, teachers and families in providing right education to them.

Dr. Sahni also observed that policymakers need more information about how students are doing and being served. “In the midst of the pandemic, students are more likely to experience the stressful impacts of the coronavirus outbreak and the economic recession it has helped create. Therefore, schools need to understand how the pandemic has affected the wellbeing and create an assessment technique based on that,” he said.

4)      Webinar on ‘Happiness and Joy through Yoga’ on International Yoga Day

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, was invited as a chief guest to speak on a webinar entitled ‘Happiness and Joy through Yoga’ on 21 June. Nearly 200 participants attended the session.

The session, organised by Centre for Ethics, Spirituality and Mindfulness, was moderated by Prof. (Dr.) Pankaj Gupta, Professor, Jindal Global Law School (JGLS).

The webinar was organised with an aim to focus on the importance of yoga and how it helps in boosting immunity and positively controlling an individual’s mind, body and soul. Yoga is known for bringing together physical and mental disciplines to achieve a peaceful mind and body, manage stress and anxiety.

Focusing on the importance of yoga, Dr, Sahni observed that practicing yoga might just seem like stretching, but it can do much more for our bodies from the way we feel, look and move. “It (Yoga) helps in building strength, flexibility and also confidence,” he said.

He added that in the modern times, where the word ‘stress’ has become an acceptable way of life, yoga helps to replace this stress with calmness and peace.

5)      JIBS Summer School On ‘Understanding Interdisciplinarity in Psychology’

JIBS and Jindal School of Psychology and Counselling (JSPC) organised a Summer School on ‘Understanding Interdisciplinarity in Psychology’ for  high school students across all boards during  21-25 June.

The online course was aimed at introducing the basic concepts of psychology and behavioural sciences to the students. It also aimed to bridge the gap between school learning and university academics with a week-long learning experience with faculty members from JIBS and JSPC.

Sessions on stress management, subjective wellbeing, emotional intelligence, psychobiology of learning and memory, emotional regulation and appraisal, impact of internet on brain, cognitive assessments, cognitive drill therapy, neuroplasticity and mental health were held by experts from the institute.

Theories of crime, psychopathology, conservation psychology, offender psychology, poly-victimisation and cyber-victimisation were taught by the JIBS faculty members.

The course helped students to gain insights into the evolving field of psychology so that they can strategise their career paths to align with their strengths and interests.

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6)      Webinar on ‘Leadership Role in Crisis’ for School Leaders and Teachers of Kathmandu, Nepal


Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, spoke on the theme ‘Leadership Role in Crisis’ for school leaders and educators of Kathmandu, Nepal, during a Teacher Training Programme (TTP) on June 23. More than 900 school counsellors and teachers attended the training programme.

Focusing on the role of leaders during the Corona virus outbreak, Dr Sahni said that the pandemic has placed extraordinary demands on leaders in business and beyond. “The humanitarian toll taken by Covid-19 creates fear among employees and other stakeholders. The massive scale of the outbreak and its sheer unpredictability make it challenging for executives to respond. Therefore, the role of leaders becomes much more crucial and that a top-down response will engender stability,” he said. Dr. Sahni also emphasised the role of educators in building leadership qualities among students.