The Inauguration of the Psychology Association of the Department of Psychology was held on 22 July 2013. The Psychology association is a student body comprising of representatives from all the undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology classes. The association is guided by faculty members and aims to promote curricular and extracurricular activities related to Psychology. The governing body of the association consists of a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer.
The office bearers of the Psychology association for the academic year 2013-14are: NehaMoopen (President), Priyanka M. B (Vice-president), Kavya Reddy (Secretary), Dhwani Sheth(Treasurer).This was followed by the investiture of the class representatives from all the undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology classes. The action plan of the Psychology Association for the academic year 2013-14 was presented by the secretary.
The three major events planned for the year are :
· Street play competition for the first year students
· Exhibition for the second year students
· Research paper presentations for third year undergraduate students.
Following this Prof. Mallika Krishnaswamy, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, emphasized on the need for professionalism in curricular and extracurricular activities and encouraged the students to consider these activities as a major part of their education.
The chief guest for the programme was Dr. Sheela Julius, former Head of Department of Psychology, Women’s Christian College, Chennai. She is currently heading the Department of Counselling in the Madras School of Social Work, Chennai. In her address, she motivated the students to develop soft skillssuch as effective communication, problem solving, initiative, ability to work under pressure, organizational skills, team work, ability to learn and adapt, numeracy skills, valuing diversity and negotiation skills. She explained the relevance of possessing such skills and their value in enhancing the employability potential.
On the whole the event set the tone for the students of Psychology to be enthusiastic and productive and work together under the leadership of the new office bearers, in the academic year ahead.
Justine James (Faculty in charge)