Established in 1987, the Department of Psychology, Punjabi University Patiala, has had a fruitful journey towards creating its niche as a place for academic excellence in various domains and activities pertinent to the discipline of Psychology.
The Department stands tall and strong with two Professors, seven Associate Professors, and two Assistant Professors, three Technical Assistants as well as other supporting staff who are endeavouring continuously to bring glory to the Department at the most esteemed platforms relevant to the profession.
The Department offers Master’s Program, M.A. (Psychology) and two regular P.G. Diplomas (Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology & Post Graduate Diploma in Child Development and Counselling). The intake of students in Master course (M.A-I, and M. A-II) is 40 each. The number of available seats in P.G. Diploma in Counselling Psychology and P.G. Diploma in Child Development and Counselling are 21 and 30 respectively. It also runs P.G. Diploma in Counselling for Substance Abuse and Prevention and Treatment in association with Department of Distance Education. The Department has catered to the educational needs of students not only from India but has been a great learning place for students from various other countries as well.
Department of Psychology provides research facilities through Ph.D. degree in the thrust areas of the Personality, Creativity, Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Organizational Behaviour, Experimental, Developmental and Social Psychology, Cyber Psychology, Criminal Psychology and so on. The faculty members of the department have produced high quality research work which has been extensively published in various National and International Journals.
The Department is well-equipped with research and academic infrastructure in terms of three laboratories viz Experimental Laboratory, Psychometric Laboratory, & Biofeedback Laboratory, and a Nodal-Computer Laboratory which facilitates research and other academic activities.
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਯੂਨੀਵਰਸਿਟੀ, ਪਟਿਆਲਾ ਦੀ ਸਿਲਵਰ ਜੁਬਲੀ ਦੇ ਸਮੇਂ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਸਾਲ 1987 ਵਿੱਚ ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਸਥਾਪਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ। ਇਸ ਦੀ ਫੈਕਲਟੀ ਦੇ ਮੈਂਬਰ ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਦੇ ਵੱਖ ਵੱਖ ਵਿਸ਼ਿਆਂ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਾਹਰ ਹਨ।ਇਹ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਐਮ ਏ (ਸਾਈਕਾਲੋਜੀ), ਪੋਸਟ ਗ੍ਰੈਜੂਏਟ ਡਿਪਲੋਮਾ ਇਨ ਕਾਊਂਸਲਿੰਗ ਸਾਈਕਾਲੋਜੀ, ਪੋਸਟ ਗ੍ਰੈਜੂਏਟ ਡਿਪਲੋਮਾ ਇਨ ਚਾਈਲਡ ਡਿਵੈਲਪਮੈਂਟ ਅਤੇ ਕਾਊਂਸਲਿੰਗ ਕੋਰਸ ਕਰਵਾਉਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਲਾਵਾ 70 ਤੋਂ ਵੱਧ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀ ਪੀਐਚ ਡੀ ਕਰ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ। ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨਕ ਵਿਭਾਗ ਵਿੱਚ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਲਈ ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨਕ ਟੈਸਟ ਅਤੇ ਯੰਤਰ ਹਨ ਜੋ ਉਹਨਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਰਿਸਰਚ ਕਰਨ ਵਿੱਚ ਵੀ ਸਹਾਈ ਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਮੁਢਲੇ ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨ ਨਾਲ ਸਬੰਧਤ ਹਰ ਖੇਤਰ ਨੂੰ ਕਵਰ ਕਰਕੇ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਡੂੰਘਾ ਗਿਆਨ ਦਿੱਤਾ ਜਾਂਦਾ ਹੈ। ਰਿਸਰਚ ਅਤੇ ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨਕ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਵਿੱਚ ਕੰਪਿਊਟਰ ਦੀ ਵਰਤੋਂ ਦੀ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਨੂੰ ਸੁਣਨ-ਦੇਖਣ ਤਕਨੀਕ ਰਾਹੀਂ ਵੀ ਸਿੱਖਿਆ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਵਿੱਚ ਮਨੋਵਿਗਿਆਨਕ ਵਿਸ਼ੇ ਤੇ ਜੋਰ ਦੇਣ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਕਾਊਂਸਲਿੰਗ ਦੀ ਸਿਖਲਾਈ ਵੀ ਦਿੱਤੀ ਜਾਂਦੀ ਹੈ। ਵਿਭਾਗ ਵਿਖੇ ਵਿਦਿਆਰਥੀਆਂ ਲਈ ਤਿੰਨ ਪ੍ਰਯੋਗਸ਼ਾਲਾ (ਬਾਇੳਫੀਡਬੈਕ ਪ੍ਰਯੋਗਸ਼ਾਲਾ, ਸਾਈਕੋਮੀਟ੍ਰਿਕ ਪ੍ਰਯੋਗਸ਼ਾਲਾ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਯੌਗਿਕ ਪ੍ਰਯੋਗਸ਼ਾਲਾ), ਕੰਟਰੀਬਿਊਟਰੀ ਲਾਇਬ੍ਰੇਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਨੋਡਲ ਕੰਪਿਊਟਰ ਲੈਬ ਹੈ।
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.
Providing community services as per needs has been the moto of the department. Whole faculty is working as Tele-counsellors for COVID-19 through Punjab Government online counselling cell, in Punjabi University online counselling services, through Indian Association of Clinical Psychology online counselling services, and through UNDSS-CISMU. The Faculty Dr. Mamta Sharma, Dr. Tarika Sandhu, Dr. Vidhu Mohan, Dr. Sukhminder Kaur, Dr. Mandeep Kaur, Dr. Inderpreet Sandhu, and Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Sohi looked after the Exam Stress Helpline Counselling during Board Examinations created by Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The faculty Dr. Mamta Sharma, Dr. Tarika Sandhu, Dr. Vidhu Mohan, Dr. Sukhminder Kaur, and Dr. Mandeep Kaur, and Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Sohiprepared educative material and training modules on Anti-Drug Awareness & Prevention BUDDY & DAPO programs by Special Task Force, Government of Punjab. Dr. Mamta Sharma is the Nodal Officer for the Anti-Drug Awareness Buddy & DAPO Program with Special Task Force of Government of Punjab. Dr. Harprit Kaur has been associated with Women Counselling Cell of Punjab Police Patiala team to resolve marital conflict cases. The department has been conducting free psychological testing & counseling events PSYCHOFEST for Punjabi university students and employees; and rural counseling camps RURALFEST in villages of Punjab through university Neighborhood Campuses. Dr. Mamta Sharma is Member of District Mission Team, Patiala under Punjab Narcotics Prevention Campaign Committee, Government of Punjab, and is Subject Expert in committee for devising modules for coaching/training unemployed/Unskilled youth for jobs in private sector by Employment Generation Training Department, Government of Punjab.
The faculty of the department has been actively collaborating with various National/International Universities and research Organisations through various joint research projects and other extension activities. The Department has organised interactions of the students with various international scholars and has recently hosted visiting ICCR Fellow Dr. Rob P. Bedi (University of British Columbia, Canada, and Fulbright-Nehru Fellow, Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu (Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, USA). Dr. Damanjit Sandhu is heading a Special Interest Group India- Australia- International Studies in well-being at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. Dr. Harprit Kaur is UN- External Regional Stress Counsellor for Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe region for UN employees as part of Critical Incident Stress Management Unit (CISMU) under UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS). Dr. Harprit Kaur is part of the World Health Organizations (WHO) Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) Field Study for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioral Disorders.
The Department of Psychology has very strong Alumni who have created a place for themselves in the most coveted fields like Indian Army, Civil Administration, Police Services, Higher Education and MNCs. After completion of their educational requirements, the students are placed as, Programme Coordinators/ Counsellors in Centre/ State Government Women and Child Welfare Department, Drug de-addiction centres, Schools, Hospitals, and NGOs; as Child Protection Officers, and District Social Security Officers, HR Executives in the Corporate Sector, Teaching faculty of Psychology at school, graduate and post-graduate levels; as Sports Psychologists in various institutes of National Importance, as Project Fellows in Highly esteemed National Research Laboratories and institutes like DIPR, PGI, CIP, AIIMS.
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.