Message from the Head of Department of Psychology
The post-graduate Department of Psychology, Sardar Patel University was established in1981 with a view to provide specialized training and teaching in the discipline of Psychology for the students coming with rural background. It had 7 students to begin with, with Dr.J.C.Parikh as its only teacher. He was appointed as a lecturer. In 1983, Dr.J.B.Patel joined as a lecturer in the Department. Prof. (Dr.) Pramod Kumar joined this Department on 20/06/1983, he was appointed as professor and Head of the Department. Dr. Pramod Kumar was the founding Head of the Department. Later on Dr. M. M. Patel joined as a lecturer in the Department on 08/07/1983 and was retired on 14/06/1991.
Dr.N.R.Parmar was appointed as a lecturer in the department on 29/8/1991, and continued his services till 30/11/2004. He was relieved form the services of Sardar Patel University to join as a Principal of Nailini-Arvind & TV Patel Arts college, Vallabh Vidyanagar w.e.f.1-12-2004. Dr.Deepak Bhatt joined as a lecturer in the department on 26/11/1991 & rendered his services till 9th sept.1998. Sudhir Mukherji joined as a Reader in the department on 15/09/1995 & he was with the Department till 10-06-2002. He took voluntary retirement from June 2002 onwards.
Dr.Sameer Patel joined as a lecturer in the department on 03/02/1998 & continued his services till 16/01/2016. Dr.Lax R.Yagnik joined as a Professor in the department on 18/04/2002 & he was working in the department till 03/09/2015.
With the help of highly trained faculty, the Department started providing specialization in Industrial/Organization and Abnormal/Clinical Psychology along with option of Dissertation in lieu of one elective subject at the post-graduate level. Not only that in 1994, the Department introduced one year M.Phil programme in Psychology it was, the only Department in the state of Gujarat to provide such a programme in Psychology. The Department also started providing facilities for doctoral research, mainly in applied area, in the following years.
The Department has remained fairly active, both academically and professionally, during this period. It has the destination of organizing successfully seminar/conferences/workshop, both at the regional and national level. In addition it has been participating different areas in organizing training and lecture programs for various agencies, like industries, co-operatives societies different colleges and different universities of Gujarat state, & in INDIA. The Department has also carried out different academic and welfare activities under the University Exchange Programme and UGC scheme exchange programme, and welfare groups (Rotary & Lions) blood donation programme, both at local and outstation for the benefit of community.
The main areas of research which undertaken by the department were of applied in nature like mental health, meditation intervention, job-satisfaction, organizational health, Stress and tension reducing programme, teacher effectiveness, marriage & family life etc. At master degree, M.Phil and Ph.D.,level.
Dr.Suresh M.Makvana joined as a lecturer in the department on 01/09/2005& now he is working as a Professor and Head of the Department, Dr.Pankaj S. Suvera joined as a lecturer in the department on 21/07/2005& continued till today. Dr. Sangeeta Pathak joined as a lecturer in the department on 25/10/2005 & now she is working as an Associate Professor in the Department.