Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 6 (June)

JIBS signs key agreement with leading global publisher Springer Nature

1).  JIBS urges Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to release under-trials during COVID-19

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) has urged the government to release under-trials and petty offenders to avoid overcrowding in jails and contain the spread of the disease among the inmates and officials.

In an appeal to senior Union Home Ministry officials, Chief Secretaries, Director Generals of Prisons/Inspector Generals of Prisons of State Governments/ UTs and various prison authorities and correctional institutions, JIBS has emphasized on need for safeguarding the rights of prisoners and prison staff all over the country.

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, and Member of Board of Directors, International Society of Criminology while expressing concern over the Coronavirus outbreak in prisons, said “It is urgent and imperative to take a critical look at overcrowding in jails and consider possibilities for temporary release of those prisoners who are not a threat to public safety as this could lead to more and more prisoners/prison officials being affected by this pandemic.”

It is pertinent to mention that under-trials comprise more than 65 per cent of the prison population in India and owing to poor prison conditions are vulnerable to infection.

“With prisoners cramped in such a small space, our prisons are essentially open casket for disease transmission. These conditions not only pose grave dangers to incarcerated people but also professionals who work as guards, counsellors and medical staff,” Dr. Sahni added.

While complementing the efforts taken by Professor (Dr.) Emilio Viano, President, International Society of Criminology to curb the rampant spread of  COVID 19, Dr. Sahni also suggested various preventive measures that need to be  taken to effectively control this pandemic among the prison population.

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2). JIBS Webinar Series

Amidst global pandemic which has restricted physical learning exchanges, JIBS has conducted 79 webinars so far (49 in June alone). These webinars focused on mental health, emotional well-being and stress management– particularly during the current global crises.

Over 18000 participants – which include students, parents, teachers, and other professionals – have attended the online sessions which are aimed to raise awareness and strengthen knowledge and understanding of behavioural competencies.

Whilst emphasizing on the need to find innovative solutions to deal with our social and professional lives within the current set of constraints, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS delved into a range of topics in the webinars which revolved around topical issues like mental health, behavioural competencies and learning in isolation. ” The (webinar) series is a part of our outreach plan to reach maximum audiences who are in need of consultation and counselling particularly during these tough times. We have explored a range of issues that affect common masses including children, adults and elderly. The aim is to help them improve their personal attributes, analytical abilities and interpersonal skills,” Dr. Sahni said.

As the events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to unfold, people often feel anxious and stressed as the developments change rapidly. 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 to alleviate the stress associated with the pandemic more effectively and rapidly.

Apart from Dr. Sahni, other JIBS faculty members and research scholars like Dr. Manjushree Palit, Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Dr. Iryna Soroka also conducted webinars on varied topics like ‘Cross-Cultural Business Behaviour’ and ‘Best Teaching Practices’.

3). Online Programme on “Mastering your time, Mastering your life” for officers of Power Grid

With an aim to hone time management skills of participants, a four-day online programme on “Mastering your time, Mastering your life” for officers of Power Grid Corporation was organised by JIBS in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE), from June 1-4.

21 officers from Power Grid Corporation participated in the programme.

The online workshop’s purpose was to identify the roadblocks to planning and exercising conscious control over time and develop effective time control skills through an interactive session and related activities.

During the programme, Dr. Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS presented a two-part interactive session on “Maximising Human Potential” whereas Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor and Director, JIBS presented a lecture on “Emotional Intelligence”.

A session on “Understanding Subjective Well-Being for Effective Relationships” was conducted by Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Associate Professor and Deputy Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC). Another session on “Mindfulness for Balanced Life” was presented by Dr. Pulkit Khanna, Associate Professor and Assistant Director – Centre for Leadership and Change (CLC).

4). JIBS inks significant publishing agreement with Springer Nature

JIBS on June 08, 2020 inked a ‘Frame Agreement’ with Springer Nature Group Singapore – on collaboration in co-publishing books, monographs, and edited books- in pursuit of its vision to develop into an Institute of excellence and national importance.

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, who signed the agreement on behalf of JIBS, termed the cooperation as a ‘new milestone’ that would provide a robust platform for the institute’s young researchers to engage in international academic exchange and publish their research. “This a significant step towards wider outreach and dissemination of the quality research we produce in our institute with the help of a strong and multipronged network provided by the Springer Nature,” Dr. Sahni said.

As per the agreement both sides will explore opportunities for co-publishing work which may comprise, but is not limited to individual titles, series titles, new editions of books to be published by the Institute, and any other works that do not fall into these categories. Institute shall also remain the exclusive owner of the copyright of works published by the Springer under this agreement.  In return, Springer Nature will have exclusive rights to sell and distribute the JIBS’ co-publications throughout the globe

The agreement also paves way for joint events and exhibitions to be organised by the two parties on themes of mutual interest which include academic writings, education and other research oriented activities.

The JIBS- Springer cooperation is a significant leap in JIBS’ commitment to further enhance its globally competent academic and research system and expand the worldwide dissemination of its research. The partnership is set to impart higher visibility and greater impact to the institute’s research endeavors as apart from co-publishing Springer Nature will also promote the Institute’s activities and events through its robust online and offline communication channels.

It is pertinent to mention Springer Nature is a leading global publisher with more than 2,900 journals and 300,000 books to its name.

Since the inception of JIBS, till date Springer Nature has published 4 books- The Death Penalty: Perspectives from India and Beyond, Piracy in the Digital Era: Psychosocial, Criminological and Cultural Factors, Internet Infidelity: An Interdisciplinary Insight in a Global Context, Criminal Psychology and the Criminal Justice System in India and Beyond –  authored by the JIBS faculty. In the year 2020-21, “Spirituality and Management: From Models to Applications”; Holistic Development of Children: Classroom Monitoring through Rubrics; Inclusive Model of Rehabilitation for Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation in India; Mental Training Skills Model: Enhancing Performance and Well-being of Target Sports Athletes.

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5). Two JIBS scholars awarded PhD degrees

Two scholars from Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences- Shivjot Gill and Gatua Catherine- have been awarded PhD degrees on June 19 after successful submission of their doctoral thesis and viva.

Gill submitted her thesis titled “Impact of Mental Training Intervention on shooters and archers” under the able supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni , Principal Director, JIBS and Professor Mohita Junarkar, Deputy Director & Assistant Professor at JIBS.  Catherine submitted her thesis on “Emotional Wellbeing and Disruptive Behaviours among Students attending International Schools in Tanzania”

Gill submitted her thesis titled “Impact of Mental Training Intervention on shooters and archers” under the able supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni , Principal Director, JIBS and Professor Mohita Junarkar, Deputy Director & Assistant Professor at JIBS.  Catherine submitted her thesis on “Emotional Wellbeing and Disruptive Behaviours among Students attending International Schools in Tanzania”

The external examiners appointed for examining thesis of the scholars have given excellent feedback for the work done by both the scholars.

Prof. (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) and other faculty members of the department have congratulated both the scholars for the conferment of doctorate.

6). JIBS organises five-day online Summer School

With an aim to provide better understanding of the various disciplines of psychology, its applications and inter-disciplinarity to High School level students, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised a five-day long online summer school from June 22- 26.

During the course of Summer School specialists in the field including JIBS faculty members held long interactive sessions with the students to introduce them to the basics of psychology and its key aspects, which were followed by interactive Question & Answer sessions.

Being at the forefront of research in psychology and its relation to other fields- the JIBS Summer School initiative is to expose curious and young minds- especially people who are interested or fascinated by Psychology- about the advances and career possibilities in this area.

The programme included modules on topics like ‘Subjective Well-Being: Leading a Rewarding Life’, ‘Forensic Psychology’, ‘Human Cognitive Processes’ ‘Emotional intelligence” etc. Participants were awarded an e-certificate on successful completion of the course.

7). Four-day online certificate programme for the officers from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)”

A four-day online certificate programme on “Stress and Anxiety Management with special focus on Performance Enhancement” for the officers from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) was organised by JIBS in collaboration with Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE), from June 23-26.

The certificate course was intended to help the participants focus on their mental health, emotional well -being and stress management whilst understanding the organisational interventions on the basis of the assessment results to optimise growth. 22 officers from the office of CAG participated in the event.

During the programme, Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS delivered a special talk on “Maximising Human Potential: A Behavioural Framework for Performance Management”. Dr. Manjushree Palit, Associate Professor & Director, JIBS also conducted a session on ” Emotional Intelligence “

Other faculty members from JIBS- Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, and Dr. Pulkit Khanna- also conducted sessions on different topics during the programme. 

8). Online Panel discussion on “Prisoners & The Pandemic: Health, Safety & The Constitution”

Prof (Dr.) Sanjeev P Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS deliberated extensively on issues faced by Indian prisons amidst pandemic- during a webinar on ‘Prisoners & the Pandemic: Health, Safety & the Constitution’- organised by the Centre for Law & Policy Research (CLPR) and the National Constitution Society (NCS) on June 27.

Advocate Jayna Kothari, a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India, and the Executive Director of CLPR was the other esteemed panellist during the discussion.

The webinar addressed the multitude of questions that have arisen as a result of global Coronavirus pandemic. Indian prisons have become hotbeds of COVID-19 and insanitary and overcrowded conditions have put prisoners specially at risk. Discussion revolved around the constitutional rights of prisoners in relation to their health, safety, and dignity.