About the Department

The department of Psychology was started in the year 2019. The department offers bachelor’s degree in psychology which comprises of 9 core papers and 8 complimentary papers.

The central objectives of this programme are to provide knowledge on the mind and behavioural understanding of one’s own as well as others and to understand the social, physiological and the organizational dynamics.

The major activities conducted within the department are guest lectures, intra-departmental talks and discussions, tours, webinars, and seminars and field visit every year.

The graduation programme in psychology assists students to excel in a social, clinical, industrial fields to make better rationale about the interrelation of psychological experiences and socio-physical functioning.

This course provides students with options to specialize in abnormal psychology and organizational psychology. Department focuses on the holistic development of students and the being that facilitator to grow as an empathic and socially responsible psychologist who can influence thousand minds.

Our department consists of students from different economic, geographic, and cultural background which helps them to develop interpersonal relationships as well as improve their communication skills for a better work environment in the future.

To familiarize students with the course and to develop rapport with their classmates and peers, orientation classes and induction programmes are held.

Mission

The mission of the department is to formulate students to be socially and morally responsible with a strong scientific temper. The three-year-long course prepares students to excel in personal, professional as well as social domains, where they are being equipped with promising abilities to lead a flourishing future.

The intellectual discourses accompanied by activity-based learning helps students develop higher emotional intelligence and good inter and intrapersonal qualities. Understanding mind and body functioning, social and group behaviours, psychological disturbances, psychotherapies and various assessment methods prepare students to be a good helping hand for society to beat the mental distress effectively.

Learners acquire objective analysis, critical thinking, empathy, life skills and clinical knacks. Practical skills are also developed through various strategies such as experimental exposures, field visits internship programs, workshops which ensure academic and professional attainments

Vision

Nirmala college’s Department of Psychology is committed to educating students who will work to advance theory and to construct knowledge that helps us tackle real-world problems. To promote ingenuity, challenge prejudices, and promote intellectual development, we seek to build an inclusive community that values various questions, insights, approaches, and participant specimens.


Achievement

  • Sandra AS and J Shilpa Nair (2019-2022) won 3rd prize in Quiz competition conducted by KMM College of Arts and science, Thrikkakkara
  • Sandra AS and Anagha V Peringalath (2019-2022) won 3rd prize in Quiz competition Conducted by department of psychology, K E College, Mannanam.
  • Anagha V Peringalath (2019-2022) participated in MG University Kaloltsavam “Article 14” 2019

Course Offered

Bachelor of science in psychology (B.Sc. Psychology – 3 years)

The B.Sc. (Psychology) degree course involves the study of mental processes, motives, reactions, feelings, conflict resolution, crisis management, group think, motivation, and nature of mind. The duration of B.Sc. Psychology is three years and the syllabus for the course is divided into six semesters.

The programme B.Sc. Psychology includes Common courses, Core courses, Complementary courses, Open courses, Seminar, Project, and viva voce. No course shall carry more than four credits except practicals. Every student has to select one open course in semester V offered by various departments of the College. The programme shall extend over a period of three academic years consisting of six semesters.

Conference/Seminars/Webinars

National workshop on “Evolution of consciousness’’

Students of Psychology department attended a two-day national workshop on evolution of consciousness conducted by department of Psychology along with department of physical education Prajyoti Niketan college on 18th and 19th of July 2019. The sessions were very informative as they enabled the students to understand the concept of consciousness.

Mental Health During Pandemic

A National webinar on “Mental Health During Pandemic” was organised by the Department of Psychology, Nirmala College of Arts & Sciences, Mulanthuruthy on 10th October 2020 between 11:00 AM & 12:00 PM through the online Google Meet platform for the Psychology students across India, to discuss the major psychological problems which we face during this pandemic. The occasion was graced by an eminent personality and visionary, Dr. Ann Joseph MD, Karnataka State Medical Council, Elimination of paediatric HIV projects Svetana along with other faculty members of various Departments from the College.

Aids Day Awareness Campaign

A national webinar on AIDS DAY was organised by the Department of psychology, Nirmala Arts and

Science College Mulanthuruthy on 1st December 2020 between 3 pm and 4 pm through the online Google meet platform for all persons across India, to give an awareness about AIDS and to discuss about the major psychological problems faced by the AIDS patients. The resource person was unable to attend the webinar due to some network problems.

Video presentation was done by Mr. Anandhu, Assistant Professor, BBA. The video presentation included awareness related to AIDS and about the programmes conducted by psychology department. Next was short film presentation by the department of psychology. The short film clearly depicts the psychological problems faced by the AIDS patients. All participants found the short film so interesting and informative. A total of 90 participants attended the webinar.

An interesting commenting section was also held based on our AIDS day programmes named ‘Unleashing your thoughts ‘on our official Facebook page of Nirmala college. As part of the campaign, department also conducted a week-long discussion through Facebook. The instructions for the discussion have been given during the webinar.

Online promotion of this even was also conducted. Each day we posted different hot topics for discussion, were it started with the topic “Should our country spend some of their resources on HIV patients and its treatment. Or is the investment buy the donors and few government policies will be enough?” and the post reached to many and got 65 different responses, where mostly everyone suggested that we need for government investments in this field.

On the next day, the topic was “Compared to census in 2005, there is over 50% increase in adolescent AIDS. Is it happening due to lack of education or lack of proper sexual knowledge?” Most responses were related to the need of proper sex education and better facilities for Making children aware. The third topic given was “Some people after being affected by HIV won’t let others know about it and hence won’t be able to treat HIV/AIDS properly.

Our society may be factor for making them feel guilty sometimes, it can all be due to the patient’s thoughts. What is your opinion and how do you check we can find a solution to this? Comparatively less responses were received for this, but the responses were of good quality and responses conflicted each other and finally concluded that there is a need of inclusion and marking empathy rather than the surfaced sympathy do counter-product it.

Fourth topic was “Is HIV/AIDS a self-testing disease? How do you support or agree on this statement?” Most people agreed to the statement, proposing there must be popularised way to test the disease to reduce the stigma as well as to increase the rate of testing.

The last topic was “Do you think the people who are suffering from AIDS should be separated from the society? Why do you think they are being separated? Express your feeling” A very strong notion of inclusion came up while the discussion, the social constructs were questioned and a need of humanitarian consideration to every individual, especially the marginalised people are necessary, was the conclusion made.

Faculty Exchange Programme

Basics of genetics

A one-day session on “basics of genetics” was taken by Ms Divya lakshmi, faculty of Coach India Academy Thrissur on 25th February 2020. She spoke about the principles, concept of gene and chromosomal anomalies. Her class was well received by the students.

Clubs & Associations

Clubs

The college has various clubs to enhance extra-curricular skills of our students. The students of Psychology department actively participate in various clubs like Arts Club, Quiz Club, Nature Club, Film Club, Readers Club, Debate Club etc. The department organizes an association programme every year.

Nirmala psychology association

The very first Association of Nirmala Arts and Science College Mulanthuruthy, Nirmala’s Association for Psychology Students (NAPS), for the academic year 2019-20 was inaugurated on Friday 30th august 2019 by Smt. Zaileshia, a renowned psychologist. The psychology Department Association naps is an initiative with an interest to organize student centric activities to promote their overall development. NAPS arranges expert lectures to expand their knowledge vista as well as it provides a space to develop and share skills and ideas.

Counselling cell.

Undee the supervision of department of psychology, a separate counselling cell functions in the college. Mrs. Mythili Raja, IQAC Coordinator, department of English is the current coordinator of this cell along with teachers from the psychology department. It provides basic and surface level counselling for the students inside the institution, and also provides guidelines for students.

Orientation Programmes

2019-2020

An orientation programme was conducted by Fr. Eby Varkey on 25th June 2019 for the first year students. He encouraged and emphasised the students to lead a life counting God’s blessings and dignity of human life. Another orientation programme was conducted by Dr. Ratheesh Ambat on mind matters.

2020-21

Nirmala Arts and Science College Mulanthuruthy organized an orientation programme for the newly joined graduation students through Google meet on 30/Oct/2020.The programme had two sessions.

The first session handled by Prof. Dr Dileep Kumar -Former vice chancellor of Sree Sankara University Kalady inaugrated the event. He took his session on how the students need to be responsible citizen in the society by quoting varied examples from different facets of life.

The second session handled by Shri Thankkachan,(Director of Rural Science and Technology Thuruthikkara) inaugurated the second session. In his speech he shared how the science and technology will help the students to earn a livelihood.

He highlighted the good work of our college E D club. He stressed the need for cooperation by our ED club with Rural Science and technology, Thuruthikkara which will be beneficial to the ED Club.

Remedial Coaching

The system of remedial teaching is practiced to make up the deficiency of slow learners. The remedial suggestions can aid struggling students shore up their basic skills. In order to identify slow learners, first year students are put through an entry level aptitude test and both second and third year students are sorted out based on their marks obtained in internal and university exams. Special classes are taken up by teachers apart from their regular classes in order to make them comfortable with the subjects.

Mentoring

The department considers mentoring as a valuable strategy to provide students with emotional and instrumental support they need of a college degree. On-campus mentorship allows students to gain perspective and confidence in the classroom and lab. Department also effectively provides online mentoring for students in this time of pandemic by providing information, guidance, and encouragement. Along with introducing students to professionals and opportunities in their chosen field, mentors also acquaint students with new resources and organizations.

Each teacher in our department is assigned with the task of mentoring 21 students. All mentors keep a confidential mentoring register about their students. These reports are periodically evaluated and monitored by Mentoring Committee. Moreover, the Faculty members are friendly, approachable and considers each student as unique based on individual circumstances, chosen field of study and career goals. Teachers personally interact with the students and can even have a life-changing effect on a student’s career by empowering them with the guidance, confidence and skills necessary to succeed

Parent Teacher Association

Dept. of Psychology conducts open houses and PTA on a regular basis. Students’ academic performances is assessed based on internal examinations and continuous evaluations. PTA meetings and open houses are usually arranged once or twice a year at progress reporting periods. They are brief meetings lasting about 10- 15 minutes.

A parent teacher conference is a great opportunity to share academic progress and growth based on classroom observations, testing data, assessments, portfolios, assignments. You can be better informed about students’ strengths, needs, behaviors and learning styles. We can discuss enrichments or intervention strategies to support students learning. And also issues that may be interfering with students learning and growth.

Bridge Course

Department of Psychology conducted a Bridge Course, aimed to act as a safeguard for the new entrants, with an objective to provide adequate time for the transition to hard-core subjects. The students were selected by conducting an exam. Those students who secured 50% or below score, were selected for this course. During this interaction of 2 weeks (2/1/2021 to 22/1/2021) with the faculty, the students will be equipped with the knowledge and the confidence to study the course. A class of 10 students may be accompanied with 2 faculty members. It was conducted on alternative days.

PSYCHOLOGY BRIDGE COURSE SYLLABUS

Module 1: Cell: the unit of life

Animal tissues, Overview of cell, cell structure, cell division and its significance, neurons, types of neurons, nervous system, brain and its structure, 4 lobes and its functions,

Module 2: Human Physiology

Digestion and absorption, Breathing and exchange of gases, Body fluids and circulations, Excretory products and their elimination.

Module 3: Reproduction

What is reproduction, Sexual and asexual reproduction, Events in sexual reproduction, Life span development.

Module 4: Genetics and evolution

Mendel’s law of inheritance, inheritance, sex determination, genetic disorder, Origin of life Evolution of life forms, Biological evolution, mechanisms of evolution, Evolution of humans.

Add-on courses

Add on course of diploma in computer applications is provided to students by Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON)