Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 6 (June)

Over 100,000 participants trained under JIBS flagship programmes

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) has created history with over one lakh participants trained under various pro-bono training programmes offered by the Institute.

Since its inception in 2014, JIBS has conducted hundreds of Teacher Training Programmes (TTPs), counselling sessions, parenting seminars, and professional developmental programmes across the world aimed at  raising awareness and strengthening knowledge and understanding of behavioral competencies. Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic ravaged the globe, the mode of training has become online.

On reaching this remarkable milestone, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, said that the Institute would continue to strive for finding innovative solutions to the pedagogical, societal and professional roadblocks arising out of behavioural issues. “Seven years back when we started the Institute, little did we know we will have such an outreach both nationally as well as internationally. We have not only trained teachers, students and professionals but have also been at the forefront of alleviating various societal issues through our community outreach programmes,” Dr. Sahni said.

After the Covid-19 pandemic restricted physical learning exchanges across most educational institutes in the world, JIBS continued to impart trainings through virtual media, mostly focusing on mental health, emotional wellbeing and stress management.

“The Covid-19 outbreak did momentarily become a roadblock but we quickly shifted to online medium to impart training to our stakeholders. The primary focus of our online sessions has been to alleviate the stress associated with the pandemic more effectively and rapidly,” Dr. Sahni added.

The online training sessions conducted by JIBS during the pandemic have mostly dealt with psychological treatment of anxiety disorders, depression and related disorders, especially in the context of the global health emergency.

The programmes are designed based on various psychometric tests and tools that can be used to understand the strengths and weaknesses in a bid to reinforce interventions on the basis of the assessment results, to optimise growth.