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Dept of Psychology, FCP

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

 

The Department of Psychology was established in Fergusson College in 1979 to cater to the demand to offer specialization in Psychology to undergraduate students.  Though a relatively young Department, the teaching of Psychology goes back a long way when it was taught under the encompassing subject of Philosophy. The department of Philosophy has had stalwarts like Prin. G.G. Agarkar, who originally founded the department, Prin. Bhate, Profs.  R.D. Ranade, V. K. Jog, D. D.Wadekar, G. N. Joshi and Prin S. V. Bokil on its staff since its inception, and students were fortunate to have been taught by such eminent personalities. Owing to the incessant demand for specialization in Psychology, however, Psychology was established as a separate Department, and soon became one of the most sought after subjects in Fergusson College.   

The Department of Psychology was established under the able leadership of Mrs. Geeta Mehta who served as its Head until 1999. From then on it was headed by Dr. Mrs. Vidya Talwarkar, who served until her retirement in 2008. For quite a few years the department offered undergraduate course in Psychology.

In the year 2005, The Post Graduate Course in Counseling Psychology(PGCCP) was launched by the department. This is a one-year autonomous course conducted by Deccan Education Society through Fergusson College, and is coordinated by Dr. Megha Deuskar. This course is a skill-based module and trains students in the actual skills of counseling. 

Dr. Shobhana Abhyankar, Head of the Department, took keen interest in starting the M.A. programme in Psychology in 2006 and setting up satelite library for PG students. For the PG course, two specializations are offered, Industrial Psychology and Clinical Psychology. The department has successfully completed 7 batches of M.A. so far and is one of the most sought-after departments in Pune. The department has produced eminent psychologists, psychotherapists and several brilliant academicians.

Keeping in view the ever-increasing need for counselling, Dr. Abhyankar established MAANAS: Center for Psychological Testing and Counselling in 2006. Personal Counselling, and Aptitude testing and career counselling is carried on at MAANAS.

In 2015, the college started Pune University recognized Ph.D. Research Centre for Psychology, under the leadership of Dr.Shobhana Abhyankar. The department is known for research in various specialized areas like I/O Psychology, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Yoga Nidra, REBT, to name a few.

Programs/courses offered:

  • B.A. Psychology
  • M.A. Psychology
    • Industrial Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. Research
  • DES Post Graduate Course in Counseling Psychology (PGCCP)

Observation Internship Program (OIP):

Every academic year SYBA Psychology special students participate in Observation Internship Program (OIP) under the guidance of Dr. Hemant Chandorkar, a leading psychiatrist in Pune; and at Santulan. Students have to go through an interview procedure to get selected for OIP. Selected students regularly visit the centre and observe the patients with clinical problems. Students are guided by them about the case history and diagnosis. 

Faculty Profile:

Name

Qualification

Designation

Specialization

Experience (Years)

No. Of Ph.D.s guided

Dr. Shobhana Abhyankar

M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

[Vice Principal & Head of Dept]

Recognized Ph.D. Guide, SPPU  

Industrial Psychology

36

06 (Ongoing)

02 (Submitted)

Dr. Megha Deuskar

M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Recognized Ph.D. Guide, SPPU 

Clinical Psychology

10

-

Shri. Anil Sawarkar

M.A., M.Phil.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology

08

-

Smt. Sheetal Ruikar

M.A.

Assistant Professor

Industrial Psychology

09

-

Shri. Vijay Rangari

M.A., M.Lib.

Assistant Professor

Industrial Psychology

06

-

 

Faculty as members in a) National Committees b) International Committees            c) Editorial Board:

Name of Faculty Members

National Committee/International Committee/Editorial Board

Any other Committee/ Board

Dr. Shobhana Abhyankar

National:

i. Scientific Committee of National Conference organized by Alzheimer and Related Diseases Society of India

ii. Executive Committee Member of Indian Association of Human Behaviour

iii. Life member of All India Association of Advancing Research in Obesity

iv. Life member of Alzheimer and Related Diseases Society of India (ARDSI) (Pune chapter)

v. Life member of Indian Association of Mental Health

vi. Life member and Secretary of Human Education Society, Pune

vii. Life member of Marathi Manasashastra Parishad

Editorial Board:

i. Associate editor of International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

ii. Editorial Board for the Proceedings of the National Seminar on 1) Health and Wellbeing (2011) and 2) Developing Human Potential  (2013)

i.  BOS – Savitribai Phule Pune University (2005-10)

ii. BOS - St. Mira’s College for Girls

iii. BOS - Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce 

iv. External Expert, IQAC, SNDT, Pune

v. Member of Expert Committee for Pre-Ph.D. interviews at SPPU, Pune

vi. Member of Screening-cum-Evaluation Committee for the CAS programme, held by SPPU (2013, 2015) 

 

Dr. Megha Deuskar

National:

i. Life member of All India Association of Advancing Research in Obesity

Editorial Board:

i. Editorial Board for the Proceedings of the National Seminar on 1) Health and Wellbeing (2011) and 2) Developing Human Potential (2013)

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Results for last five years:

            Undergraduate (B.A.)

Postgraduate (M.A.)

Academic Year

Pass percentage

Academic Year

Pass percentage

2010-2011

97.36%

2010-2011

96.66%

2011-2012

96.87%

2011-2012

100%

2012-2013

95.45%

2012-2013

93.33%

2013-2014

94.74%

2013-2014

100%

2014-2015

100%

2014-2015

100%

 

Awards/Recognitions received by faculty and students:

Title of Award/Recognition

Name of Faculty/Student

Year

Faculty

Rashtriya Gaurav Puraskar, by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi

Dr. Shobhana Abhyankar

2011

Dr. Manju Thakur Memorial Award for Distinguished Innovative Work in Research, at International Conference in Psychology, Ahemadabad

Dr. Shobhana Abhyankar

2014

Best paper award at International Conference in Psychology, Ahmadabad

Dr. Megha Deuskar

 

2014

‘Therapist of the Workshop’ honour at the Intensive Practical Training and Supervision of 14 hours in National Level Rational Behaviour Therapy, REBT-Level 2 Workshop held at Albert Ellis Institute, India

Shri. Anil Sawarkar

 

2015

Students

PG examination by Pune University – Gold Medal

Krithika Padmanabhan

2010

The best paper award at National Seminar on ‘Research: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Management, Humanities, Social Sciences and Languages’, organized by Late Bindu Ramrao Deshmukh Arts and Commerce Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Nashik Road

Sanhita Karmalkar

2012

Selected for 1st Maharashtra State Selection Tournament in Women’s Singles held at Aurangabad, and was the semi-finalist of 2nd Maharashtra State Selection Tournament in Women’s Singles held at Khar Gymkhana, Mumbai

Anuradha Shrikhande

2013

The Vinod Doshi Fellowship of Rs. One lakh for being a promising young theatre activist. She has also played the lead role of Savitribai Phule in the acclaimed Marathi play ‘Satyashodhak’, which recently completed 100 shows

Parna Pethe

2013

The Shri B. G. Deshmukh prize for deserving student

Rachael Mascarenhas

2013

Smt. G. Radhabai & Shri A. V. Rajagopal Scholarship Prize

Kohinoor Darda

2014

The Late Shri W. K. Joglekar & Late Smt. R. W. Joglekar Prize

Girija Patwardhan

2014

Avishkar research competition held at state level – Second Prize

Nikunja Gujar

2014

The Best Paper Presentation Award at the 18th IAAP International Conference on Psychology for Holistic Living in Global World,organized by Gujarat Law Society, Ahmedabad

Tejaswini Bhave

2014

Late Smt. Shanta R. Vaze Prize and Late Smt. Anuradha Shahane Prize for Topper in Psychology

Anuradha Srikhande

2014

Smt. G. Radhabaiand Shri A.V. Rajagopal Scholarship for girl student selected on merit basis

Nikunja Gujar

2014

Dr. R. J. Rathi Past Student FCP for a deserving student

Sagar Sulakhe

2014

M.A. Topper in Psychology (2012-14 batch) Tejaswini Bhave 2014

Avishkar, a research competition held at state level – Second Prize

Shamika Khatawkar

2015

The Best Paper Award at the International Conference held at Madras University

Supriya Jadhavrao

2015

The Best Paper Award at the International Conference held at Madras University

Shreya Adhav

2015

Shri. B. G. Deshmukh Scholarship to deserving student

Shamika Khatawkar

2015

Deserving student Scholarship 

Suraj Bholane

2015

Deserving student Scholarship 

Siddharth Shyamsundar

2015

Deserving student of Psychology Sonal Narvekar 2015
Best UG research project in Psychology Kiran Mijar 2015
Best PG research project in Clinical Psychology Vaishnavi Sambhus 2015
Best PG research project in I/O Psychology Latika Kaul 2015

Selected as Chair Umpire for Men’s ITF $10000 Tennis Tournament in Chennai

Avanee Gosavi

2015

Award for acting in Firodiya Karandak, Inter-collegiate drama competition

Dharana Pandit

2015

 

List of eminent academicians and scientists/visitors to the department:

  • Prof. Rybak Christopher, Bradley University, Illinois, USA
  • Dr. Vidula Abhyankar, Jail Psychologist, Australia
  • Dr. Arpana Inman, Full Bright Scholar, Lehigh University
  • Dr. Matthijs Cornellisen, Director, Indian Psychology Institute, Pondicherry
  • Dr. Ram Takwale, Former Vice Chancellor, SPPU, Pune; YCMOU and IGNOU
  • Dr. B. J. Prashantham, Director, Christian Counselling Centre, Vellore
  • Dr. Kiran Kumar, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Mysore, Mysore
  • Dr. Dileep Ranjekar, CEO, Azim Premji Foundation, Wipro
  • Dr. Indira Jai Prakash, Former Head and Gerantologist, Department of Psychology, Bangalore University, Bangalore
  • Prof. K. B. Kumar, Dean and Head of Clinical Psychology, Sweekarar Academy, Secunderabad
  • Dr. Veena Apte, Global Director, Organizational Change and Development, SKF, India
  • Dr. Anil Kulkarni, Fulbright Scholar, USA
  • Dr. Sandeep Narang, Fellow Fulbright Scholar, USA
  • Dr. Usha Ram, Former Head, Dept of Psychology, S. P. Pune University
  • Dr. Shashank Shah, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon, Director of Laparo-Obeso Centre
  • Dr. Anuradha Sovani, Dept of Applied Psychology, Mumbai University
  • Prof. S. W. Deshpande, Former Head, Dept of Psychology, S. P. Pune University
  • Dr. C. G. Deshpande, Former Head, Dept of Applied Psychology, Mumbai University
  • Dr. Medha Kumthekar, Former Head, Department of Psychology, SNDT University, Pune Campus
  • Dr. P. H. Lodhi, Professor and Former Head, Department of Psychology, S. P. Pune University
  • Dr. B. R. Shejwal, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, S. P. Pune University
  • Dr. Kalpana Srivastava, Scientist ‘F’, Clinical Psychologist, Dept of Psychiatry, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune
  • Shri Sudhir Phatak, Sr. Manager, Tata Motors
  • Dr. Bharat Desai, President, Academy of Personality Development, Pune

 Linkages with schools, NGO’s and other institutes:

  • Dr. Hemant Chandorkar, Psychiatrist, Pune
  • Muktangan De-addiction Centre,
  • Cipla Palliative Care Centre,
  • Prasanna Autism Centre,
  • Ernst and Young Foundation,
  • Huzurpaga High School,
  • Ruby Hall Clinic 
  • Chaitanya Mental Health Care Center, Pune
  • Indian Psychology Institute, Puducherry
  • Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA), Pune
  • Santulan De-addiction center, Pune.
  • Artsphere, Pune
  • FLOW

ABOUT MAANAS: Psychological Testing and Counselling Centre

MAANAS counselling centre is run by the faculty and staff of the Department of Psychology, Fergusson College, Pune. The key areas in which MAANAS functions are:

Aptitude testing: Every individual is gifted with certain innate potentials, which, if nourished, can help the person actualize his/her self and thus achieve professional success and personal satisfaction. We, at MAANAS, use certain standardized aptitude test batteries to test the student in different areas to know where his/her potential lies. These tests give us valuable information about what field of study could be chosen so that the student enjoys the learning process. Especially in the month of April and May we conduct group aptitude testing for students of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th standard. The test needs about 3 to 4 hours and the students do not need to prepare before going in for an aptitude test. Remember, this is not an examination. It is a study of the innate gifts that you have!

Career guidance: Most people are not aware of the diverse fields that are available in terms of graduate and post graduate or diploma courses, as well as in terms of job or career opportunities. Especially important is the need to know oneself as a person and then to find out what kind of job suits one best. We couple aptitude tests with personality tests and prepare a profile of the person considering both. After a week of aptitude testing, we call the parents and students together for career guidance sessions, where we suggest educational and vocational options, depending upon the aptitude test results. We have had very positive feedback for a lot of parents and students whom we counselled in the past.

Personal counselling: We have trained counsellors at the centre who can give personalized counselling sessions for a variety of problems, such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties etc. 

FUTURE PLANS

  • Full-fledged Research Centre
  • Short-term courses in Health Psychology, Industrial Psychology
  • Extension of individual research to departmental research projects
  • Strengthening of industry-academia interface
  • Consultancy

Sr.No. Photo Name of the teacher Designation  
1 Dr. Mrs. Megha Deuskar
(M.A. (Clinical Psychology), Ph.D.)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
2 Mrs. Sheetal Ruikar
(M.A. I/O Psychology , DHRM )
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
3 Shri. Anil Bisan Sawarkar
(M.A. in Clinical Psychology, M.Phil.)
Assistant Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology Teaching Faculty
4 Mr. Vijay Rangari
(M.A. Psychology (Organizational Behavior Specialization).)
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
5 Mrs. Himani Raichur
(M.A. (Clinical Psychology) )
Assistant Professor Teaching Faculty
6 Ms. Angeline Thomas
(M.A. Clinical psychology)
International Student Facilitator Teaching Faculty

Note: Biodata of any of the above mentioned faculty member can be downloaded by clicking on their name.

  1. Dr. Mrs. Megha Deuskar, Assistant Professor , M.A. (Clinical Psychology), Ph.D.

    ·         Teaching experience of 10 years at PG level

    ·         Coordinator of the one year course in Counseling Psychology since 2008

    ·         Savitribai Phule Pune University recognized Ph.D. guide since April 2015.

    ·         Research papers published at National and International level.

    ·         Invited talks and paper presentations at National and International Conferences and Seminars.

    ·    Workshops on topics related to Psychology and in particular Counseling at various schools and NGO’s.

    ·         Counseling experience of 12 years.

    ·         Professional membership:

    o   Christian Counseling Centre, Vellore.

    o   Indian Association of Advancing Research in Obesity (IAARO).

    ·  Completed the Indian Adaptation of the book “Personality Psychology” by Larsen and Buss through McGraw-Hill Education, New Delhi. This book was released in March 2014.

    ·         Awards won:

    o  Best paper award for the paper on 'The effectiveness of Yoga Nidra in reducing stress and enhancing relaxation states among pregnant women' at the 49th National and 18th International Conference of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology on “Psychology for holistic living in global world” held at Gujrat Law Society’s Smt. Laxmiben and Shri Chimanlal Mehta Arts College, Ahmedabad on 1st, 2nd and 3rd March 2014.

    Best paper award for paper presented on “Type A behavior pattern, anger and perceived stress” at the  3rd National Research Conference on “ Managing Diversity for Inclusiveness: The Corporate Initiatives” held at Sinhagad Institute of Management & Computer Application, Pune in January 2011.

  2. Shri. Anil Bisan Sawarkar, Assistant Professor, Head of the Department of Psychology , M.A. in Clinical Psychology, M.Phil.

    ·         Seven years of teaching experience in the field of Psychology at UG & PG level.

    ·         Completed Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) level-1 &level-2 from Albert Ellis Institute India.

    ·         Practicing REBT from 2012.

    ·         Received Therapist of the REBT Workshop Honour in Albert Ellis Institute India.

    ·         Seven papers have been published in the proceedings and journal.

    ·         One chapter has been published in the Positive Psychology Book.

          Received BCUD grant of Rs. 1,02,000/- for minor research project.    

 

Study visit to Schizophrenia Awareness Association

 
 
  • UGC & BCUD funded projects

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