The Department of Psychology of Punjabi University , Patiala was established in 1987, during the Silver Jubilee year of the University. The strength of the teaching staff is two Professors, two Readers, ten Lecturers, two Senior Technical Assistants, three Junior Technical Assistants as well as other supporting staff.
Presently intake of the students in M.Sc-I, and M. Sc-II is 60 each. In P. G. Diploma in Counselling Psychology intake of the students is 16. The M. Phil course has 15 seats. The department also provides research facilities like Ph.D degree in the thrust areas of the Personality, Creativity, Clinical Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Experimental and Social Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sports Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology and so on. The faculty members of the department have produced high quality of research work which has been extensively published in Foreign and Indian Journals.
The Department is well-equipped with psychological tests and instruments. It has three laboratories, namely, Experimental Lab., Testing Lab. and Bio-feed back Lab. In addition, there is a Nodal-Computer Lab. which facilitates research and other Departmental activities. The Department invites many experts of National and International repute for giving extension lectures on a Spectrum of Themes.
The Department is providing Counselling Services to the Students and Employees of the University to Cope with Stress and Enhancing their Psychological Wellbeing. The Department has completed two Fruitful Decades of its existence and is continuing its endeavor towards academic excellence in teaching, research and Counseling activities.
Nine students from Ethiopia, who came to the Department on Government Scholarships, completed their Masters Degree programme in 2000. All of them are working in various media in and outside Ethiopia. In the light of the high standard of this Department, as it has been duly projected outside, they were recommended and sponsored by their government for advanced training in this Department. Baruk Opio, a student from Kenya also did his Masters degree from this Department.
A book," Punjabi Pattarkari--Nikas, Vikas ate Samaseyavan" based on the research papers presented at a seminar (1992) was published by the university. Prof. L.R. Nagpal, a former head of the Department, Prof N.S. Kapoor, Dr N.S. Johal and Dr Gurmeet Maan, Dr Harjinder Pal Singh Walia have written/edited more than 10 books on various aspects of Mass Communication. They have written few books on Punjabi journalism also. All the faculty members of the Department have been regularly contributing to the Punjabi newspapers and magazines in addition to participating in radio and TV talks and discussion. In December 2002, the Department brought out "Samajak Vigyan Pattar's" a special issue on "Mass Communication in Punjab : Challenges and Opportunities". All the copies of this journal has been sold out and now the Department is planning to bring out a book based on the revised and updated versions of the research papers published in this journal. Dr. Harjinder Pal Singh Walia has written a book on development Communication. This book has been published by Punjabi University, Patiala.