Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 5 (May)

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni awarded Academic Excellence Award by Community Psychology Association of India

1.  Conferment of Academic Excellence Award to Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni by Community Psychology Association of India


Community Psychology Association of India (CPAI) awarded the Academic Excellence Award to Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) at an International Conference on Community Psychology held recently at St. Wilfred’s Post Graduate College, Jaipur.

Dr. Sahni was felicitated for his outstanding contribution in the field of Sports and Organisational Psychology. The CPAI also congratulated Dr. Sahni for his ‘long journey in academics and organisations’.

It is pertinent to mention that before foraying into an academic career, Dr. Sahni earlier also served as Secretary to the Indian Association of Sports Medicine and the Sports Psychology Association of India (SPAI).


2.  Webinar series for School Leaders, Teachers, Parents and Students

Owing to the current pandemic, the lack of interaction has decreased the richness of the learning experience and omitted a significant element of a constructive approach to learning. In a bid to assist school leaders, teachers, students and parents in acquiring new skills within these constraints, a webinar series on topics such as ‘Emotional Well Being and Stress Management During Times of COVID 19’; ‘Learning in Isolation’; ‘Mental Health and Coping During Lockdown’ was conducted by Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS. Over a dozen sessions were organised for school leaders, teachers, students and parents of various schools across India and attended by nearly 5000 participants.


School leaders, teachers, students and parents from Modern School, Kundli; Bright Scholar School, Rukmani; Devi Public School, Sonepat; KVM, Ludhiana; Oakridge International School, Hyderabad; Shreejee International School, Sonepat; Jamnabai Narsee School, Mumbai; Maya Devi Public School, Ahemadgarh, Punjab; O.P. Jindal Modern School, Hisar; Vidya Devi Jindal School, Hissar; DPS, Sonepat; St. Kabir School Vadodara; Durgapur and Asansol Schools; Witty International School, Mumbai; and  Jindal Mount Litera Zee School, Raigarh; The Millenium School, Karnal participated in these sessions.


As the events surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak continue to unfold, people often feel anxious and stressed as the developments rapidly change. The focus of these webinars was to learn techniques to manage this stress arising out of the pandemic and possible ways to overcome them more effectively.


3. JIBS Webinar Series
As part of the JIBS webinar series Dr. Harry G. Nejad, Associate Professor, JIBS conducted webinars on ‘Family & Domestic Violence and Forensic Psychology: An Overview’. Dr. Iryna Soroka, Assistant Professor, JIBS and Assistant Director, Centre for Leadership and Change conducted a webinar on ‘Cross Cultural – Business Behaviour’.

            Further as part of JIBS webinars the following were also conducted:


  • Panel discussion on ‘Covid 19 and Mental Health’ with Dr. Raviteja Innamuri, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore; Dr. Tanay Maiti, Psychiatrist, AIIMS Bhubaneswar; Dr. Sujit Kumar Kar, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow as panelists.


  • Webinar by Mr. Rochin Chandra, Director Centre for Criminology & Public Policy, Rajasthan on ‘COVID 19 Lockdown – Why India’s Response to Domestic Violence Needs Rethinking’ .


  • Webinar on ‘Intimate Partner Violence – Concerns During the COVID 19 Lockdown’ by Ms. Ipsita Chatterjee, Programme Coordinator and Ms. Sadaf Vidha, Senior Counsellor, Sukoon Project, a field action project of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


  • Panel Discussion on ‘Bois Locker Room: Leadership Perspective’ by Ms. Kanika Sachdeva Govi, Vice Principal, DPS Rohini; Dr. Bhavna Chadha, Founder ‘Adhyapann’; Ms. Saadhika Chhabra, Research Associate and Child Development Executive, DLF Foundation as panelists.



4. Webinar Series in collaboration with Centre for Wellness and Counselling Services

JIBS in collaboration with Centre for Wellness and Counselling Services (CWCS) started a weekly webinar series on ‘Mental Health and Wellness’ as part of the COVID-19 Action Plan. The collaboration aims at finding practical methods to alleviate stress related issues during the pandemic and the consequent lockdown.


In the first online session, renowned Psychiatrist, Dr. Samir Parikh who is also the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis National Mental Health Program, spoke at length about the ways to tackle the mental health issues during the current crisis arising out of a global pandemic.


Renowned Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist, Dr. Deepak Raheja discussed on ‘Remote Working and Studying: Managing Well-being during COVID-19’ in the second session of the webinar series- in which the pros and cons of psychological impact of the technology on masses were discussed. The third webinar focussed on the topic ‘Gratitude – A Reminder for Humanity’ and the session was conducted by Dr. Sudhir Bhave who is a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry of N.K.P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur. All the webinars received enthusiastic online participation.

5. Webinar on Publishing Your Book with Springer

Ms. Satvinder Kaur, Editor, Humanities and Social Sciences Programme for South Asia and Middle East, Springer Nature delivered a talk on ‘Publishing with Springer’. The talk focused on different types of books that Springer publishes such as Monographs, Edited/ Authored Book, Springer Briefs etc. in the domain of Humanities and Social Sciences. The speaker further discussed in detail the book publishing form and how to fill the same accurately. Ms. Kaur emphasised the need to fill the sections on marketing, about the book and USP in detail as these are critically reviewed by editors. She also mentioned that Monographs and Edited/ Authored books often stand a chance for SCOPUS indexing as against Springer Briefs. About 110 JGU faculty members and Research Scholars attended the webinar. 


Please find the link covering webinars conducted by JIBS during the month of May 2020.