Sub Units & Support Services

Psychology Lab

Department has a psychology lab with facility for psycho metric evaluation. A list of tools available is appended. A physiotherapy lab and audiology lab also function in the department under the Inter University Centre for Disability Studies. Inventory list is appended.The collection of test and equipments include

  • Intelligence tests
  • Neuropsychological batteries
  • Memory tests
  • Developmental screening tests
  • Attitude tests
  • Aptitude tests
  • Academic anxiety tests
  • Personality tests
  • Clinical tests
    Equipments
  • Biofeedback
  • Reaction time apparatus
  • Audiometer
  • Stachitoscope
  • Falling door
  • Steadiness tester
  • Finger dexterity test

Department Library

Library has a collection of 3347 books in the subjects’ education, special education, psychology, clinical psychology, anatomy, physiology, medicine, psychiatry, paediatrics, community medicine, nursing, research, statistics, social work, project management etc. Library is automated.The collection includes:

  • Books
  • M.sc Dissertations
  • M.Phil Dissertations
  • Ph.D Thesis
  • Journals

Santhwanam Counseling Centre

The SANTHWANAM counseling centre working in the School offer mental health consultancy services to the child and adolescent clients referred from medical colleges, Institute of child health, District hospitals, schools, colleges and so on. The services of an expert clinical psychologist is provided for psychological testing and assessment (Assessment of attention, concentration, intelligence, personality, memory and assessment of psychological disorders), diagnostic evaluation, and various psychological interventions (counseling, psycho education, Individual and family psychotherapy, Family therapy, Behaviour modification and behavior therapy and other appropriate management procedures).

The centre also issues certificates regarding Intellectual disability and learning disability and is accepted as a competent authority in this regard by the Department of Education and Government Medical colleges. Guidance and counseling services also are provided in this centre. Counselling and guidance to the students and parents of the Vocational Training Centre of School of Behavioural Sciences and their assessment have been carried out in the clinic at regular intervals. All the services of this centre is extended free of cost to enable better access to the needy population.

The year wise distribution of the clients attended the clinic is as follows.
Year No. of New Cases No. of follow up cases. Total no of clients
2011 216 198 414
2012 300 214 514
2013 288 262 550
2014 166 122 288
2015 450 306 756
2016 372 198 570
TOTAL 1792 1300 3092

Vocational Rehabilitation Centre

The rehabilitation centre functioning in the School of Behavioural Sciences is unique in the country as it is attached to a state university and extends service to the intellectually challenged adults and their family.

Presently the various skill training programmes of the centre are coordinated in 2 clusters. Each cluster has strength of 12-14 members.

A file making unit functions in one of the cluster under the supervision of a special teacher (and supported by the students attending postgraduate and MPhil programme in disability studies and special education) which trains the students in office file making. Each file board is sold at a rate of Rs.14/unit. The services of the unit have high demand.

The details of files sold are given below
Year No. of files sold
2012 3996
2013 2837
2014 8256
2015 5847
2016 6684
Total (2012-2016) 27620
The details of remuneration given to these students are summarized below
Year Remuneration for file making (Rupees) Remuneration for house keeping work (Rupees)
2011 13600 47200
2012 14000 46400
2013 23350 44400
2014 56750 47500
2015 23100 48200
2016 46150 11400
TOTAL 1,76,950 2,45,100

The second cluster of students is trained to operate tea vending machines, Photostat etc. The profit obtained from these activities is distributed among the students as their remuneration. In addition to this, 4 students are employed in the School of Behavioural Sciences itself on daily wages basis to help the house keeping work.

    Anti-Ragging Cell

  • Prof.(Dr.)P.S. Sukumaran (Chairman)
  • Dr. Rajeev Kumar N (Member)
  • Dr. P.T.Baburaj ,,
  • Smt. Rincymol Mathew ,,
  • Ms. Gaythridevi M.S (Research Student )
  • Sri. Vysakh M.S (I MSc. Student )

    Internal Quality Assurance Cell

  • Prof.(Dr.)P.S. Sukumaran (Chairman)
  • Dr. Rajeev Kumar N (Asso. Professor)
  • Smt. Rincymol Mathew (Asst. Professor & Co-ordinator)
  • Mr. Jibin George (Research student)
  • Ms. Anjaly Krishnadas (II MSc. Student)
  • Sri. Shiby V.C (Administrative Officer)

    SC/ST Cell

  • Prof.(Dr.)P.S. Sukumaran (Chairman)
  • Dr. P.T.Baburaj, Senior Lecturer
  • Archana K.M(II MSc. Student)
  • Geethakrishnan P.K (Research student)
  • Shoyab K.A(Assistant Section Officer)

    Women Cell.

  • Prof.(Dr.)P.S. Sukumaran (Chairman)
  • Smt. Rincymol Mathew (Asst. Professor)
  • Smt. Sophia Joseph (Special Teacher)
  • Smt. Chandramma V.S. ( Office Superintendent)
  • Smt. Manju P Emmanuel (Research Student)

    Anti Harrassment Cell

  • Prof.(Dr.)P.S. Sukumaran (Chairman)
  • Dr. Rajeev Kumar N (Member)
  • Dr. P.T.Baburaj, Senior Lecturer(Member)
  • Smt. Rincymol Mathew, (Asst. Professor)(Member)
  • Dr. K.M Mustaffa, Asst.Prof. (Member)
  • Sri. Rajesh E, Asst. Prof.(Member)
  • Shiby V.C (A.O)
  • Sophia Joseph (Spl.Teacher)(Member)
  • Jibin George( PhD.Student)(Member)
  • Surya Thankappan ( MPhil student) (Member)
  • Ms. Shadiya Jesbin T (Member)

    Environment Club

  • Smt. Rincymol Mathew, Convenor
  • Dr. Rajeev Kumar N (Asso. Professor)
  • Dr. K.M Mustaffa, (Asst.Professor)
  • Sri. Shiby V.C (Administrative Officer)
  • Ms. Ashy Ann Jose (I MSc. Student )
  • Ms. Anagha M.M (I MSc. Student )
  • Ms. KrishnaPriya(I MSc. Student )

    Institutional Ethics Committee

  • Dr. T.U Sukumaran,Prof. Peadiatics (retire)Govt. Medical college, Kottayam, Chairman, (Medicine).
  • Dr. Subhadra K.T, Asso. Professor, Dr. Padiyar Memorial Homeopathic Med.College, Ernakulam. Member.
  • Dr. Sreedevi T.R, Associate Professor, Govt. College of Nursing, Kottayam. Member (Nursing)
  • Dr. Jasmine Alex, Assistant Professor, School of Indian Legal Thought, Member (Legal Expert)
  • Dr. Sandhya R.S, Asst. Professor, School of Gandhian Thought and Dev. Studies.(social scientist)
  • Sri. Shiby V.C, Administrative Officer, School of Behaviour Sciences, M.G. University, Kottayam. Member (lay person)
  • Dr. Rajeev Kumar N, Asso. Professor, School of Behavioural Sciences, M.G.University, Member (Psychologist).
  • Dr. P.S. Sukumaran, Professor and Head, School of Behavioural Sciences, M.G.University. Member Secretary(Special Education)

PTA

Parent Teacher Association is an important part of the school which has a major role in the matters related to discipline, values and extracurricular activities.

Liaison Office for PWDs

A laison office has been established by the University under school of Behavioural Science based on the Uo.No.4090/A1/2013/Admn date 22/7/2013.University Grant Commission(UGC) has urged the University to appoint Laison Office to monitor the effective implementation of reservation policy for person with disabilities in employment and admission university and collages.University has appointed Dr.Muhamead Mustaffa as the Laison Officer for differently abled to monitor the effective implementation of reservation policy.

Extension Activity Unit

The innovative practices started during 2015-16 in the area of extension activity are given below:

  1. Title : Life skills training for high school students
    objectives
    • Identify the life skills of high school students.
    • Discuss methods to help youth develop life skills
    The Practice:

    The department conducts life skills training programme for high school and higher secondary school students studying in various aided schools in Kottayam district. The programme is organised involving students undergoing MPhil psychology programme. A basic assessment of the perceived stress status of the students was done before the training and students were given orientation regarding stress management etc.

  2. Title of the Practice: Empowerment of parents of mentally challenged children.
    Objectives:
    • Identify the quality of life of parents of mentally challenged children.
    • Identify the coping style of parents of mentally challenged children
    • Educate the parents of mentally challenged children regarding legal rights.
    The Practice:

    There are many legal rights and social security measures for the mentally challenged. The quality of life of the intellectually disabled population and their caregivers can be significantly improved if they are educated on these issues. The Department organised a one day seminar for the parents and caregivers of mentally challenged on legal guardianship. In addition to this the department also organise regular PTA meetings for the parents of mentally challenged adults attending the vocational rehabilitation centre

  3. Title of the Practice: Jyothirgamaya - A Community extension activity of the School for the development of Awareness on disability.
    Objectives:
    • Sensitize the students and staff members of the University campus, neighbourhood colleges and schools, as well as Primary Health Centres, Self Help Groups and nearby community with regard to the concepts, causes, characteristics, early identification, prevention, and management of childhood disabilities.
    • Develop awareness on importance of stress free life and prevention of life style diseases, as well as development of proper mental health among students, staff and community members.
    The Practice:

    Regular awareness classes are organized in the outpatient department of primary health centres to disseminate information regarding the problem of disability causes prevention and management of disability.

  4. Title of the Practice: Insights- A Community extension activity of the School for the development of Attitudes related to disability rehabilitation.
    Objectives:
    • Develop favourable attitude among the community members towards Persons with Disabilities and the various aspects of Disability Rehabilitation.
    • Develop positive attitude among the community members towards various roles to be played at various stages in life.
    The Practice:

    Regular awareness classes are organized in the Kudumbasree groups of neighbouring panchayats to disseminate information regarding the problem of disability causes prevention and management of disability. Renowned persons with disability or persons working for the rehabilitation of people affected with disability are invited for these sessions.

  5. Title of the Practice: PRATHEEKSHA, -Child Development Clinic
    Objectives
    • To conduct screening of children for disabilities
    • To promote early rehabilitation for children with disabilities
    • To disseminate information to the general public regarding prevention detection and management of disabilities
    • To promote interdisciplinary participation in disability prevention, detection and management
    The Practice:

    The department conducts a child development clinic on every second Saturday collaborating with the Indian Association of Paediatrics involving a team of paediatrician, clinical psychologist, counsellors, audiologist and physiotherapist. The activity of the centre is facilitated with the active involvement of Indian Academy of Paediatrics and District Early Intervention Centre. Children of different age groups attend the clinic and are evaluated for the presence of varying disabilities. Based on the diagnostic evaluation done, the team discuss and plan the necessary rehabilitative and habilitative services to promote quality of life and to empower the person. The centre is an attempt to prevent disability and to disseminate information regarding disability which is still an underexplored area.

  6. The department also conducted a workshop for the teachers to develop skill in mentoring the students ,which is a unique programme introduced in the state of Kerala.