Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 9 (September)

Main Stories: JIBS leads student field visit and hosts multiple training programmes
   

  1. On September 5, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) attended the one-day symposium on ‘Teaching Criminology & Victimology – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU), Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu organised by the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, MSU. Prof. (Dr.) Sahni also delivered a talk titled ‘Victimology: Through the Looking Glass’.
  1. JIBS organised a field visit to Karnal Jail on 12thSeptember 2019 for the students of Criminal Psychology (elective). Thirty-five students participated in the trip which was led by Vipin Vijay Nair­­, faculty-in-charge and Doctoral Research Scholar at JIBS.

The Karnal Jail is a district jail in Haryana. It is among the first prisons in India to establish facilities like IGNOU and NIOS study centres within the jail premises and also exhibits articles manufactured by the jail inmates at various exhibitions and conferences. The students were made aware of these facilities and how they could help in rehabilitation of prisoners. In a bid to get insights about criminal psychology the students also had the opportunity to interact with few inmates in the jail. 

      

  1. A 5-day certificate programme on ‘Competency Mapping’ for the officials from the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India of was organised by Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education (JILDEE) under the aegis of JIBS. The event was held from September 09- 13, at JGU. 20 officers from the office of CAG participated in the event   

 The certificate course was intended to make the participants understand designing, planning and implementation of assessment and development centers.

The major objective of this course for participants was to obtain knowledge about various psychometric testing, management techniques and tools, particularly the observational skills. The course also helps to understand the organisational interventions on the basis of the assessment results to optimise growth. Apart from the faculty members, Professor (Dr.) Sahni conducted special workshops for the participants.

4.   In a bid to offer value addition to the education system and customise the teaching mechanisms to meet the needs of school children, JIBS organised an awareness programme on ‘Best Teaching Practices’ for the educators of Indian School, Muscat, Oman. The three-day event was organised from 13-14 September 2019.

Professor (Dr.) Sahni and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, JIBS conducted the workshop sessions on important topics like ‘Leadership and Behavioural Competency Mapping for School Principals and Leaders’ and ‘Maximising Human Potential through Competency Mapping’.

The major objective of this course for participants was to obtain knowledge about various psychometric testing, management techniques and tools, particularly the observational skills. The course also helps to understand the organisational interventions on the basis of the assessment results to optimise growth. Apart from the faculty members, Professor (Dr.) Sahni conducted special workshops for the participants.

Professor (Dr.) Sahni and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, JIBS conducted the workshop sessions on important topics like  Professor (Dr.) Sahni and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, JIBS conducted the workshop sessions on important topics like ‘Leadership and Behavioural Competency Mapping for School Principals and Leaders’ and ‘Maximising Human Potential through Competency Mapping’.

JIBS has been conducting ‘Best Teaching Practices’ 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 aims at techniques of dissemination of knowledge in an easy language to the student community so as to enhance their functioning and workload management.

5.  An article on How Indigenous Knowledge Systems can play a crucial role in environment protection and sustainable development by Sweta Lakhani, Research Fellow at JIBS was published by org.

Sweta’s article discusses the role of indigenous communities in the conservation of environment protection. There exists close proximity between indigenous communities and the environment. Indigenous communities not only use natural resources for their survival but also protect them by way of duty and obligation. India is rich in traditional knowledge associated with biodiversity as this knowledge has been acquired over generations by local communities living in and around the forests and agro-ecosystems. Indigenous methods for conservation of biodiversity have played a significant role however they face threats of misappropriation as they remain undocumented.

The article argues that all folk knowledge preserved in local and traditional practices qualifies as indigenous knowledge- and emphasizes on the need for its preservation. 

          

 

6.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set out opportunities for academic collaboration and engagement was signed between JGU and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Bangkok.

 

The purpose of MoU is to facilitate the relationship of both the institutes in promoting executive education in the field of Public Administration, Education, Planning and Management, Economic Relation Development, National and Local governance, Sustainable development, Law, Industry, Urban Management, Climate Change, Disaster Management, Tourism and Human Resource Management.   

 

Professor (Dr.) Sahni signed the MoU on behalf of JGU and President AIT Dr. Eden Y Woon, signed on behalf of Asian Institute of Technology in the presence of Senior Director, JILDEE, Lt. Gen. Dr. Rajesh Kochhar and Prof. Deepak Sharma, Vice President, Academic Affairs of AIT.

 

Opportunities for co-operation on new or existing academic programmes, conducting joint lectures and organising symposia, exchange of academic information and materials and promoting collaboration in fields of mutual interest were set out in the agenda.

 

   

During the meeting on the sidelines of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, both the institutes also discussed on possibilities of development of joint research activities, staff exchange and mutual visits by faculties.

 

 

7.  As part of the institutional building activity during the visit to Bangkok, Professor (Dr.) Sahni also visited Thammasat University, Chulalongkorn University and UNDP to explore mutual collaborations.
    

8. Expert talk on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ by Professor (Dr.) Sahni was organised for the school leaders of Chattisgarh, on September 27, in Hotel Sayaji, Raipur.

 

 

The event was organised to accentuate on opportunities to cultivate a personalised path for academic achievement of students while maintaining a sense of support and community- with emphasis on building and redeeming relationship with students whilst giving equal importance to the cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of the children.

 A total of 150 school leaders participated in the event. The event concluded with a ‘Question and Answer’ session.

 

9. In an attempt to present holistically methods and techniques required to create a cheerful classroom environment, an awareness programme ‘Creating Happy Classroom’ was conducted by the JIBS for the Educators of DLF Public School, Sahibabad.      

The one-day workshop was divided into two sessions- an expert talk by Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor & Joint Director JIBS, which was followed by a Question Answer session. The agenda of the workshop was to understand ways and strategies for self-regulation, understanding relations and decoding language gestures by the teachers, understanding emotional intelligence, behaviour analysis and ways to foster happiness in the classrooms. The focus of the programme was also on adopting approaches that would encourage students to learn- like the experiential method and storytelling.   

 

The Awareness Programmes for educators are part of JIBS’ initiative to equip teachers with effective teaching skills which would cultivate a personalised path for academic achievement for students while maintaining a sense of support and community. 

    

 

10. Dr. Bhatnagar presented her paper on “Subjective Well-Being of the Middle Aged Indians” on 7 September 2019 during the 17th Annual Conference of  International Society for Quality-of Life Studies held in Granada, Spain from the 4-7 September, 2019. She also Chaired a Parallel Session in the Conference entitled, “Well-Being around the World (II)”.