The origin of the Department of Psychology was one
of the significant contributions by Padmashree N. D. Sundarvadivelu,
the Beacon Light of education in Tamil Nadu and the former Vice-Chancellor
of University of Madras. The Department was one of the four Departments
started to constitute the Madras University Autonomous Post Graduate
Centre, Coimbatore in 1974.
Prof. C.R. Paramesh, M.A., M.Litt., Ph.D., Dip
in Anthro., was the first Professor and Head of the Department.
Professor C.R. Paramesh left the Department to take up assignments
in Kansas, USA by 11th September 1976. Subsequently, Prof. S. Narayanan,
M.A., M.L.., Dip in Stat. Ph. D., then assumed charge as Head of
the Department of Psychology.
Since then, Prof. P.Ananthakrishnan, M.A. Ph.D.
and Dr. V. Natrajan, M.A, Ph.D., D, Litt., had served as Readers
in this Department at different periods of time. Prof. Dr. V. Ganesan,
M.A., Ph D, and Dr. R. Venkatachalam, M.A, M.Phil., Ph.D., joined
the Department as Faculty in 1976 and 1977 respectively. Dr. R.
Venkatachalam took voluntary retirement in 2003. Dr. S.John Michael
Raj M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. joined the Department as a member of faculty
At present, the Department is headed by DR.
S. SUBRAMANIAN M.A., M. PHIL., AND PH. D., who has joined
the Department as Professor on 11/06/2007.
The Bharathiar University was instituted by the
Act of Tamil Nadu Assembly in 1982. The Department of Psychology
along with other Departments belonging to Madras University Autonomous
PG Centre was transferred to the Bharathiar University by the above
The following are the significant contributions of the Department
1. M.Sc Applied Psychology (with Clinical/ Industrial Practicum)
2. M.Phil in Psychology
3. Ph.D in Psychology
4. PG Diploma in Guidance and Counseling (1 year)
The Department of Psychology has embarked on a various research
projects funded by Government, Non-Government and private agencies.
The list of research projects are highlighted below.
1. “A survey on psycho-social determinants
of potential youth’s intentions to join Indian defense services
(2 Years from July 2008) sponsored by DRDO-DIPR, New Delhi.
2. Psychological factors Influencing the knowledge
of cancer causing Plastics (2 years from March 2009) sponsored by
UGC, New Delhi.
3. Psychological Dynamics of Academic Resilience
among SC/St Students in Higher Education in Tamil Nadu (2 years
from October 2008) sponsored by Center for Educational Research,
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai.
4. Fostering Academic Resilience among Rural Low
Socio-economic College Students (2 years from January 2009) sponsored
by UGC, New Delhi.
5. Enhancing Resilience of Rural Adolescents students
under risk (2 years from November 2008) sponsored by ICSSR, New
6. Identification of Combatant Personality for
the 3rd Millennium and Coping in High Stress Environment of the
Soldiers (during the year 1998 – 2001) sponsored by DRDO-DIPR,
7. Personality and Creativity Development (during
the year 1998 – 2000) sponsored by Chinmaya International
Residential School, Siruvani, Coimbatore.
8. Youth Sexuality ( during the year 2003 –
2004) sponsored by The Ford Foundation, New Delhi, through AMCHSS,
9. The Impact of Active Preparatory Auditory Reception
Response on the Psycho-Physiological Coping Response to Artillery
Explosion Sound (during the year 2002 – 2004) sponsored by
DRDO-DIPR, New Delhi.
10. Sexuality and Sexual Behaviors among Unmarried
Young Men in Rural and Urban Areas of Tamilnadu (during the year
2005 – 2006) sponsored by UGC, New Delhi.
Organized Six National Conferences of: Indian
Academy of Applied Psychology, Indian Psychology Association, Indian
Association of Clinical Psychologist, National Vocational Educational
Guidance Association, Psycho-Linguistic Association of India and
the Academy of Psychologists, and Indian Society of Organizational
Masters Level Applied Psychology Programme
(M. Sc Applied Psychology):
The Department of Psychology offers a unique mode
of Master level program with Clinical Psychology and Organizational
Behaviour. Several universities, in India include Clinical Psychology
course at master's level, but the exposure of students to Clinical
or Organizational setting is of very limited duration. This Department
ventured to experiment in a unique way by adopting a Clinical/Organizational
practicum for a period of one semester in order to strengthen the
professional base in the course. The Clinical/Organizational Practicum
enables the candidate to spend not less than ninety working days
in Clinical/Organizational setting to learn the professional practices
on the site. The Practicum is to be done under the guidance of qualified
Psychologists who are certified to be Clinical/Organizational Psychologists
or with subject expert in the practicum. The Faculty of the Department
and the Guide on the site would direct the students during the programme
and the students should produce a report on the work done by him/her
during the Practicum. The report is then evaluated and given credits
for the degree. This programme is on par with the Clinical/Organizational
practicum required to be an essential component of individuals as
Master Level Clinical or Organizational Psychologists in USA, UK
and other European Countries.
Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk, Chennai; Kasturba
Medical College Hospital, Manipal, Sri Ramachandra Institute of
Medical Sciences and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai; Christian
Medical College Hospital, Vellore; Wohkhart Hospital, Bangalore;
Elite Hospital, Thrissur and Leeds Hospital, University of Leeds,
UK and various Private and Public Sector Organizations have been
collaborating with this Department for providing Clinical/Organizational
practicum placement for the students.
Some of the students who had undergone the clinical
practicum have successfully passed UGC-NET for Junior Research Fellowships.
Another section of students undertake studies in Clinical Psychology
in National Institute of Medical and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore.
The outcome of the program is encouraging. The students may practice
Clinical Psychology independently on their own merits as Master's
Level Clinical Psychologist.
The areas of specialization of the staff in the
Department include Personality, Creativity, Organizational Psychology
and Clinical Psychology. Since the inception of the Department,
40 Scholars and more than 150 students have obtained Ph.D., and
M.Phil degrees respectively for their thesis work in the area just
cited. Within the last one decade the Faculty of this Department
have contributed to national and international journals and also
presented research papers at various seminars, workshops and national
and international conferences.
Bharathiar Counseling Centre:
The Bharathiar Counseling Centre was established
by an executive decision by the Vice Chancellor, Bharathiar University
and was inaugurated by him in a ceremonial function taken out on
12th July, 2001. The Centre has a well ventilated counseling room
exclusively devoted for the purposes of individual counseling situated
at the Natchimuthu Seminar Complex, adjacent to Multipurpose Hall
of the University.
Counseling is done in confidence to individuals
at the Centre. The focus of Counseling is mainly psychological and
academic. The services are rendered free of charges both to the
students, scholars and the public. The Bharathiar Counseling Centre
also undertakes promoting awareness of Counseling by periodically
arranging programs for the students. This Centre since its inception
has successfully conducted more than forty such awareness programs.
More than five hundred cases of individual Counseling has been done
by the Centre so far. A one day program for prison officers on Humanistic
Orientation in dealing with the prisoners was organized by the Bharathiar
Counseling Centre. Counseling was offered to the public in a stall
at the West Rotary Book Fair in 2005.
Patron: Prof. Dr. C. Swaminathan,
Vice Chancellor, Bharathiar University
Director: Prof. Dr. S. Subramanian, Professor and
Head, Department of Psychology
Deputy Director: Dr.S.John Michael Raj, Associate
Professor, Department of Psychology
The following are the Honorary Counsellors of the
Bharathiar Counseling Centre.
Prof. Dr. R. Venkatapathy, Director, Bharathiar
School of Management and Entrepreneur Development
Prof. Dr. R. Boopathy, Professor and Head, Department of Bio-Technology
& Genetic Engineering
Prof. Dr. K. Swaminathan, Professor and Head, Department of Microbial
Prof. Dr. K. J. Rajendra Prasad, Professor and Head, Department
Prof. Dr. G. Ganesan, Professor and Head, Department of Commerce
Prof. Dr. B. Muiyandi Professor and Head, Department if Economics
Prof. Dr. R. Ananthasayanam, Professor and Head, Department of Educational
Technology and Education
Prof. Dr. M. Jayakumar, Professor and Head, Department of Extension,
Career Guidance & Student Welfare
Prof. Dr. K. Murugavel, Professor and Head, Department of Physical
Prof. Dr. R. Palanivel, Professor and Head, Department of English
and other Foreign Languages
Prof. Dr. S. Manian, Professor and Head, Department of Botany
Prof. Dr. C. Namasivayam, Professor and Head, Department of Environmental
Prof. Dr. K. Sasikala, Professor and Head, Department of Zoology
Prof. Dr. K. K. Suresh, Professor and Head, Department of Statistic
Prof. Dr. D. Mangalaraj, Professor and Head, Department of Nanoscience
Prof. Dr. P. Kolandaivel, Professor and Head, Department of Physics
and Medical Physics
Prof. Dr. A. Sethuramasubbiah, Professor and Head, Department of
Prof. Dr. N. Audinarayana, Professor and Head, Department of Population
Prof. Dr. M. Jeyarathnam, Professor and Head, Department of Women’s
Prof. Dr. S. M. Ravichandran, Professor and Head, Department of
Academic Conferences/ Seminar's Organized:
The Department of Psychology has organized ten
National level Conferences and a National level Workshop as given
1. Annual National Conference of Indian Psychology
Association, organized by the Department of Psychology, Bharathiar
University, Coimbatore from 1st to 2nd February, 1990 at Bharathiar
2. Ninth National Conference on The Indian Association
of Clinical Psychologists, organized by the Department of Psychology,
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore from 28th to 30th October, 1991
at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-46.
3. National Conference on The Psychology of Well-Being,
organized by the Department of Psychology, Bharathiar University,
Coimbatore in Collaboration with The National Vocational and Educational
Guidance Association, Tirupathi from 19th to 21st October, 1994
at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-46.
4. Fifth National Conference of Psycho-linguistic
Association of India (PLAI) on Communication Interaction in the
year 2000 (Y2K) organized by the Department of Psychology, Bharathiar
University, Coimbatore from 19th to 21st February, 2000 at Bharathiar
5.Third National Conference of the Academy of
Psychologists, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi on Challenges
and Responses: Psychology for Integration organized by the Department
of Psychology, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, from 27th &
28th February and 1st March, 2003 at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-46.
6.National Conference on Empowering the Nation:
Application of Psychology, Sociology, Educational Technology and
Management Sciences, organized by the Dept. of Psychology, Bharathiar
University, Coimbatore in Association with The Coimbatore Psychology
Association from 16th to 18th March,2005 at Bharathiar University,
7. National Workshop on Applications of Behavior
Technology, organized by the Department of Psychology, Bharathiar
University, Coimbatore from 26th to 28th February, 2007 at Bharathiar
University, Coimbatore- 46.
8. One day seminar on “Counseling Skills
for Air Force Personnel” on 23.02.2008 at the Air Force Training
9. One day Seminar on “Mental Health and
Psychotically Well being “on 24.04.2009 at the Air Force Training
10. An Half –day Seminar on “Marital
Counseling for the Wifes of Air Force Personnel on 20.03.2009 at
the Air Force Training College, Coimbatore.
Job placement of students
A Placement Officer to look after the placement
prospects of the students at the Department has been installed in
2007. The general percentage of placement of students passing out
of the PG program of this Department is significantly high. The
students of M.Sc Applied Psychology have got placements as clinical
psychologists, counselors, training executives, welfare officers,
health psychologists etc in various health care and IT industries,
educational and research departments such as the DRDO, NIMHANS,
NITIE etc. and in academic institutions of good repute in India
and Abroad. The percentage placement of students (off-campus) is
around 90 %.
Vision of the Department
The Department runs master level courses on Applied
Psychology. Both clinical Psychology and Organizational Behavior
have been included in the course work to widen the prospects of
students for their future.
The Department envisages having a well established
Psychometric Lab to offer in depth hands-on-training in psychological
assessment in general and psychodiagnostics in particular. Establishing
liaison with hospitals that are attached to teaching institutions
for placing our post-graduate students on practical Clinical/Organizational
training would be one of the priorities of the Department. This
will benefit the students by providing them an opportunity to witness
live psychodiagnostics and psychotherapeutic sessions even while
they study about them in their course work.
The Department plans to organize a series of training
and executive development programme for grooming industrial managers,
engineers and knowledge workers by properly adapting key significant
psychosocial determinant factors suitable for enhancing their overall
effectiveness. The Department plans to conduct a series of workshops
for the benefit of student's community to groom their personality
and enhance their confidence levels to get suitable placements at
the end of the course completion. Also, the week end camps will
be organized periodically at various centers to impart the application
of learning, remembering and recalling, memory, motivation principles
to enhance the study skills of the students.
The Department also would like to organize workshops/conferences/seminars/symposium
for the purpose of bringing academicians across the country in a
common forum and to disseminate their ideas and experiences in handling
various psychological issues such as de-skilling, resiliency, mental
health, awareness of quality and standards etc, which have pertinent
impact among the working community of the different sectors. The
Department is likely to offer a potential job oriented diploma course
on Counseling and Vocational Guidance for the students of M.Sc Applied
Psychology background and for Health-Care Professionals or Para-medical
The main thrust area of research in this Department
is Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge Management, besides other
fields such as Group Dynamics and Motivational issues. The Department
has a plenty of collections in the form of reprints, back volumes
and text books in the field of Creativity and Innovation. Hence,
the Department is planning to submit proposals for establishing
a Centre for Excellence in Creativity and Innovation and Knowledge
Management Research in our University.
The Department wishes to enhance its potential
and capabilities to provide quality education in Applied Psychology
by acquiring a status of SAP by University Grants Commission in
the next couple of years.
Research proposals to investigate the critical
psychological issues of Defense and Para-Defense Personnel will
be submitted to DRDO to get funding to initiate various research
activities such as psychological resiliency for occupationally induced
stress factors, profiling personality of meritorious defense officers
etc. and also designing an M.Sc Applied Psychology for Military
stream of SDE programme to cater to the needs of defense personnel
to pursue postgraduate programme. Suitable rehabilitation training
programme will be designed to assist and reorient the defense personnel
to lead a rewarding career in their post-service period.
Faculty and their Contributions
The faculty strength is at present stands at four
with one Professor, one Associate Professor, and two Assistant Professors,
who are working in the diverse fields of Applied Psychology, viz.,
Organizational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology,
Industrial Psychology and Child Psychology. Other specialization
the department under takes for research includes Organizational
Behaviour, Training and Development, Human Relations in Industry.
The Members of Faculty are associated with Professional
and Academic Bodies in Applied Psychology at the National and International
level and have represented in the Administrative and Academic bodies
of this University like Syndicate, Senate, Standing Committee on
Academic Affairs and Board of Studies. They are actively engaged
in interaction with various agencies like UGC, DRDO, CSIR, NSS,
DST and other academic institutions and Universities in Andhra Pradesh,
Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for the development of Applied
Psychology education as a whole.
The Faculty Members in the Department have many
papers to their credits and have publications in the following journals
1. Indian Journal of Applied Psychology
2. Journal of Applied Psychology
3. Journal of Managerial Psychology
4. Journal of Psychological Studies
5. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research
6. Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
7. Journal of Psychological Reports
8. Journal of Indian Management
9. Journal of Indian Academy of Applied Psychology
10. Behavioral Scientists
11. Journal of Research and Application in Clinical
12. Journal of Psychological Researchers
13. South Asian Journal of Management
Many research reports and monographs prepared by
faculties/scholars have been released by the department and circulated
to researchers and practitioners.
Prof. Dr. S. Subramanian, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D
Professor and Head
Department of Psychology
Coimbatore - 641 046
Tamil Nadu. India.
Tel: 0422 – 2428461 (HOD’s office)
0422 – 2428465 (Dept. Office)
This page is updated on 13.10.2009