Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 7 (July)

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences conducts training and certificate programmes

Shivjot Gill, Doctoral Research Fellow from Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) conducted Psychological Training Program for NCC Cadets of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Himachal Pradesh at the Post Graduate Government College, Sec 11, Chandigarh. The camp was chaired by Major General RS Mann, Additional Director General (ADG) NCC Cadets of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh and officiated by Col Rohit Thakur, Officiating Group Commander, Chandigarh NCC Group.

The camp began on 20 June 2019 and continued for three weeks which included detailed one-week psychoeducation-based training for developing foundational knowledge of athletes about mental training followed by two weeks of intensive psychological skill-based training and physical agility training.

Shivjot represented India at the World University Shooting Championship in 2016 held at Poland and won a Silver medal at the All India Inter-University Shooting Championship (Shotgun, Women Skeet Event) in the year 2017.

Presently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Sports Psychology under the Supervision of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS and Co-supervision of Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, JIBS.

Between July 1 and 5, 2019, JIBS organised a 5-day certificate course on ‘Management Consulting Fundamentals’ to understand the fundamental concepts of consultancy. The course was aimed at inculcating in participants the ability to learn and practice essential consulting qualities and skills necessary to respond to business problems and propose creative and effective solutions. It also aimed at learning to conduct a need and diagnostic analysis for a given business problem and to practice the art of clear and effective communication of results and recommendations.

In an attempt to present holistically simplified concepts of competency mapping to students and HR professionals, Dr. Sahni and Dr. Junnarkar addressed hundred core competencies in their book Maximizing Human Potential Through Behavioural Competencies: 100 Core Competencies. The book accentuates the concepts, key behavioral indicators, examples, and careers where such competencies are necessary. Since a few decades, human resource and organisational development professionals have generated a lot of interest in the notion of competencies as a key element for measuring human performance. Competencies are becoming a frequently-used and written about theme in the arena of organisational applications as defining factors for success in the job, work roles within the organisations, assessment of current performance and future development needs of persons holding different jobs and roles. With an aim to focus on such issues, the book is divided into three sections. The first section includes the concept of competency and competency mapping, theoretical paradigms of competency, categories of competency mapping, behavioral competency framework, and application of competency mapping at the workplace. The second section focuses on in-basket exercises for students. The last section includes a list of 100 competencies that are required at the workplace. The book would serve as a handbook for competency mapping for students and teachers.

Building an empirical basis towards creating broader prevention and intervention programs in curbing digital piracy, Dr. Sahni and Dr. Indranath Gupta’s book Piracy in the Digital Era provides in-depth details on the psychosocial, cultural and criminological factors associated with digital piracy in India, Serbia, and China. The book covers a broad spectrum of fields including software, music and the movie industries. It addresses a large readership, comprising academics and researchers in psychology, criminology and criminal justice, law and intellectual property rights, social sciences, and IT, as well as policymakers, to better understand and deal with the phenomenon of digital piracy.

Shivjot Gill attended the 15th European Congress of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) held at the University of Munster, Germany from 15-20 July 2019. The conference theme focused on advancements in the field of Sport Psychology across the globe. She gave an oral presentation on the topic ‘Factors Promoting and Inhibiting Performance and Well-Being of Indian Elite Shooters’ and poster presentation on ‘Resilience and Well-Being in Sports.’ The conference was chaired by Dr. Bernd Strauss, Congress President, European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) and Dr. Barbara Halberschmidt, Managing Director, FEPSAC.

Arnab Bose, Doctoral Research Fellow at JIBS successfully defended his thesis “Smart Governance of the Built Environment: A Study on Resilience in Urban Agglomerations in Delhi, India, and Berlin, Germany”. The research conducted by him acknowledges that inclusive sustainable development is the most important challenge facing humankind at present and finds that the crucial, and, evidently the first step, in attaining objectives of inclusive sustainable development is in providing for effective local governance at the grass roots of a built environment. The research is a study of the resilience framework as a trans-disciplinary heuristic for effective local governance. The research entails cases from the urban agglomerations of Delhi, India and Berlin, Germany. Discourses on Reflexivity, Heuristics, User Experience, Cybernetics, Gender, Age, Disability, Technology, Finance, and Financial Gradients have been utilised. The research also finds a new definition of culture as a manner in which information flows in a particular human system. This understanding is important to the emergent fields in information technology, finance and the discourse on governance itself.


Sarni Jain, Doctoral Research Fellow at JIBS successfully defended her thesis “Risk Perception, Psychological Factors, and Investment Decisions: A Study of Indian Investors.” Her study tries to understand the individual investment behavior by focusing on risk perception and individuals’ psychological factors like moods and sentiments that affect the investors’ choice of different investment avenues. The study develops Investors’ Mood Index and Investors’ Sentiment Index to measure the moods and sentiments of Indian investors and the Demographic and Health Survey questionnaire is used to measure their risk perception. Her study found that risk perception and moods significantly affect investment decisions. Also, good (bad) mood underestimate (overestimate) risk or overestimate (underestimate) return from an investment. Investments are pillars of an economy to grow. This study will help the investors’, financial advisors and policymakers to channelise the savings for earning good returns and also towards the development of an economy.