The Faculty of Behavioural Sciences had started within the SGT Hospital as part of the School of Medical Sciences in 2013, with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science course in Clinical Psychology within a traditional Annual scheme in order to cater to the mental health needs and the huge gap in availability of trained Clinical Psychologists. The aim of these courses was to equip students with the knowledge of abnormality and deviance and the skills to be able to understand, assess and treat conditions of mental illness. The course was geared to provide hands-on training to budding Clinical Psychologists. The first Board of studies held in 2013 had also recommended to start PhD courses and the first doctoral student in Behavioural Sciences was registered in January 2014.
The Faculty of Behavioral Sciences (FBS) was formally established as an independent entity in 2014. The department embraces participatory, experiential, discursive and student-centric practices in its teaching-learning endeavors. The vision of the faculty is to produce high quality Psychologists for the Nation and global communities; to make significant contributions to the science and practice of psychology in real-life situations; and to produce professionals with sound ethical, legal and moral values.
Later to keep pace with the existing standards in other Universities and in tune with the UGC Guidelines, the B.Sc. course curriculum was revised into the Semester mode in 2015. The first batch of students of this mode passed out in 2017. In addition to Clinical Psychology, thrust was also provided to Counseling and Guidance as a separate stream of study. At the Masters level, there is a provision for students to opt for the Counseling Stream from third semester since 2017-18, although Clinical Psychology is the stream of choice for students.
In 2017-18, an Honors degree course in Psychology, i.e., B.A. (Hons.) Psychology was also introduced to incorporate non-Clinical courses such as counseling, organizational behavior, social psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Psychology of elderly, Neuro-psychology and Psychology of elderly.
In 2017-18, existing courses – B.Sc. and M.Sc. Clinical psychology were revised and a number of new courses were added to keep pace with the industry standards and student needs. From time to time professionals from various organizations including NGOs visit the Faculty, particularly those where our students are assigned for training, and who provide us genuine feedback. In turn we continue to make desired changes in curriculum, transaction methods and delivery etc. keeping in mind UGC Guidelines and University Ordinances. We have incorporated field training, summer training and case study reports as part of the course curriculum.
The M.Phil program (2 year duration) started in 2017 and Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology (1 year duration) that was started in 2019 were also the part of Department of Clinical Psychology. These programs are running as per RCI guidelines.
The introduction of new programmes and changes in the curriculum design of existing programmes have been continually informed to the Board of studies since 2014 which is reformed every three years according to the University Ordinances. The decisions taken in the BOS are then ratified in the Academic Council (AC).
Since the University has a major focus on health and health related disciplines, the FBS is an integral part of all the community programs run by the University in nearby villages with a special responsibility for the mental health component. It provides a good exposure to the students of real-life settings and more so, sensitivity of the needs of the rural areas, which usually remain outside the mainstream of educational and service provisions.