RONO HILLS: A two-day national webinar on 'Promoting Career Prospects in the Field of Psychology' organized by the Department of Psychology, Rajiv Gandhi University, in collaboration with Psychosocial Support Group, Arunachal Pradesh concluded here recently.
Gracing the inaugural session, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha stressed on taking challenges as an opportunity during this pandemic. He emphasised on maintaining dynamism instead of being stagnant at a particular point in life. He also expressed his ideals on inclusivity and identified them with the one advocated by PM Narendra Modi wherein he underlined the speciality in the uniqueness of each individual, in the same way as the former intends on the principle of inclusivity for all in the campus of RGU irrespective of students, teaching and non-teaching staffs. He further urged the participants to overcome all challenges and turn them into beautiful possibilities in life.
Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Amitava Mitra stated that career counselling is the process of understanding and assessing another individual's strengths, concerns, interests and capabilities to take one toward one's right path. Defining Psychology, he highlighted various approaches of the subject. He stated that psychology is the study of mind and behaviour and involves science as well as social sciences and has applications in all walks of life including work, family, relationships, sports and industries. He further emphasized the importance of mental health practitioners as one of the career prospects in psychology.
Registrar Prof Tomo Riba said that with the increasing mental health crisis in the society due to COVID-19, the role of psychologists has becomes important. They play a crucial role in the promotion of healthy behaviour and improving quality of life for those who are suffering from mental illness.
The first technical session of the day was delivered by Aakanksha Bhatia, career counsellor and visiting faculty at Aditi Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi. In her deliberation on the topic 'Career Pathways in Psychology', she highlighted the possible career prospects, the required qualifications along with the best institutions providing the aforementioned courses in India as well as abroad.
In the second technical session, Vibha Deshpande, counselling psychologist and founder-director at Tailwinds Organization Pune, Maharashtra deliberated on the topic of 'Developing Career as a Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist'. She elaborated the significance of telecounselling and its effectiveness in the ongoing crisis situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 400 registered participants attended the programme via Google Meet Hangout and Facebook Live.
Programme co-coordinator Leeyir Ete proposed the vote of thanks expressed her gratitude towards the VC, PVC, Registrar and Prof. Kesang Degi for their continued support and motivation. She also lauded the organizers, Yuma Narah, Jomyir Bagra and Haj Bincee for conceptualizing the webinar on promoting various career prospects in the field of psychology. Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Kakali Goswami, coordinator of the webinar and Head (in-charge) Psychology, RGU. She welcomed the dignitaries and hoped for fruitful deliberation and interaction on the topic, stated a release.