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Department of Applied Psychology

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About the Department

The department was established in the academic year 2007-08, with the aim to train students to make psychology more practically oriented and to apply the principles of psychology to cater to the needs of the society. The Department offers PG and PhD programmes. The two year M.Sc. (Applied Psychology) programme taught by competent faculty, instills in the students the professional competence and training to emerge as mental health professionals. The Department offers specialized focus on HRD Psychology, Clinical and Counselling Psychology. The Department is well equipped with state-of-the art laboratory and a well stacked library. The curriculum is integrated with field work in hospitals, industries in association with NGOs and consultancies. Mision A systematic study on the scientific nature, day to day application and problem solving nature of Psychology keeping the Indian context in view and serve the people in need proactively and thus serve the society and nation. Vision To develop as a globally recognized destination for teaching and researching in the context of indigenous cultural and value system resulting in the further strengthening of Psychology as an academic discipline to serve all the stake holders
About Head of Department

Dr. Surendra Kumar Sia


Joined Pondicherry University as Reader on July, 20th 2009 and later redesignated as Associate Professor on 30th July, 2012. COntinuing as Professor since 30th July, 2015. Completed MA, MPhil and PhD in Psychology from University of Delhi,was a UGC JRF scholar. Worked as Assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Punjabi University, Patiala for five years before joining Pondicherry University. Odia by nativity.

Contact Details

Head: +91-413-2654-693

Office: +91-413-2654-687



Dr. Sibnath Deb
Dr. B. Rangaiah
Barani Kanthp
Associate Professor
Dr. D. Dhanalakshmi
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
The Department has two well equipped laboratories for the experimental, cognitive, clinical, industrial, and counseling psychology in addition to spacious class rooms with audio visual facilities. Apart from the test materials, equipments such as multi behavior therapy, EEG Alpha Bio Feedback, respiration, bio feedback, stammer suppression, aversion therapy etc are also available in the laboratory for their use in practice and research.
FIELD WORK AND INTERNSHIP There are two internships that students have to undergo. The first internship is called as Internship – General, and the second internship as Internship – Specialization. The first internship will be immediately after the first year during the summer vacation, and the second internship will be carried out in the beginning of the fourth semester.
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