Psychology is a fascinating subject and hence everyone gets attracted to the subject instantaneously. Psychology is nothing but the study of human behaviour. It touches almost every facet of our lives. In today's busy and fast moving world students are faced with a lot of stress, tension, competition, time urgency and many more problems. Psychology helps them to deal with the problems and more importantly to face the problems with courage. Knowledge of psychology not only helps them to know themselves better, but also to know and understand others. This helps their inter - personal relationship.
Why do people behave the way they do? Do we dream every night? What is the effect of genetics and environment on behaviour? How does the brain work? These questions as well as topics such as stress management, personality development, health and wellbeing, child development, attitude formation, are dealt with in the psychology syllabus.
As psychology is a practical subject they are given hands on experience at special school. Here they are acquainted with different types of mental illness and are taught how to deal with the children having these special needs.
We in the department believe that mere theoretical knowledge of psychology is not sufficient. We make the students use the knowledge of psychology in dealing with their practical everyday life problems. Through a number of outreach programmes students acquire various skills like Communication skills, Leadership skills, Organizational skills, and problem solving skills.
On the lines of Maslow's concept of self actualization, we in the department motivate and encourage our students to use their potential to the fullest extent and be self-actualized individuals.


  • To make teaching more effective by using innovative learner-centered methods.
  • To help students apply psychological knowledge to real life situations.
  • To instil human values and social concern, through extension activities.
  • To provide opportunities for building up self-confidence and self-image of the students.

Minor Research Project

Mrs. Hithakshi B., Department of Psychology, answered viva on her thesis "Management of Stress, Depression, Anger and enhacement of general well-being in nursing students through positive therapy" " on July 18, 2014., under Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Comibatore.

Psychology - Papers Offered

Semester Course Code Paper No. Title of the paper No. of hrs / Week Credits
I PSY 101.2 I Foundations of Behaviour 04 02
PSY 151.1 Practical-I 03 02
II PSY 201.2 II Dynamics of Behaviour 04 02
PSY 251.1 Practical-II 03 02
III PSY 301.2 III Child Development-I 04 02
PSY 351 .1 Practical-III 03 02
IV PSY 401.1 IV Child Development –II 04 02
PSY 451 .1 Practical-1V 03 02
V PSY 501.2 V Social Psychology 03 03
PSY 502.2 VI Abnormal Psychology 03 03
PSY 551.1 V Practical-V 04 02
VI PSY 601.1 VII Organisational Behaviour 03 03
PSY 602.2 VIII Health and Well Being 03 03
PSY 651.1 VI Practical-VI 04 02

Activities During 2016-17

Orientation Programme

Psychology orientation was organised on 24th June 2016. The final year students put up this programme for the first year students to make them feel comfortable and homely. The P.P.T. presentation enriched them about the knowledge of psychology. The staff oriented them about the about the career options in Psychology. This was followed by games and entertainment.

Visit to Special School

The II Degree students were taken to St. Agnes Special School on 27th July 2016 for an orientation of the activities conducted for the children, this is to be followed by regular service to the children.

Guest Lecture

Guest Lecture was organised on 5th August 2016 for the first and the final year students. Prof. Elsie Tharien spoke on the topic of stress, its causes, types and management. It was a very informative session for the students.


Artspire a stream wise competition was held for all the arts students on 30 August 2016.

Case Analysis

Case Analysis competition was held by the department.

Guest Lecture

A motivational talk was given by alumni of the department who oriented the I Deg. students about the preparation for entrance, interview, and career options in Psychology.

Green Initiatice

As part of the Green Initiative plants were brought by the Staff and students and planted in the campus while some others were distributed among the students

Activities During 2015-16

A Workshop on Life-skill Development was conducted on 15th July,2015. The guest speakers were Mrs. Mamatha Bhandary, Counseller, and Ms. Shalini Mathew, Clinical Psychologist. The Department of Psychology conducted various service activities for the differently abled children of Special School. Personality Test was conducted on 50 students. After conducting some sessions on memory techniques the students prepared a memory module for St. Agnes High School students.

Honours Programme

Basic skills in counselling

Future Plans:

  • Academic: Guest Lecture, Talks as part of Psychology Forum Activity.
  • Co-curricular activities planned: Work Shop on Neuro- Linguistic Programming.
  • Mini Exhibition
  • Competitions – Essay writing, Model making,Psychology Quiz, Photography, and Chart.
  • Consultancy: Administration of IQ and Personality tests open to the students of the college.
  • Career guidance Programme – (Department): Career Guidance Talk for theIII Degree students.
Name : Dr. Hithakshi B
Department : PSYCHOLOGY
Designation:Assistant Professor
Qualification:M.A , Ph.D

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended

Date Level Title Place Participation Type
29th December 2012 State Level Learning Disabilities Bhandarkar’s College, Kundapura Attended
13th, 14th, 15th Septembe National Level Research Ethics and Post Research Methods. Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women, Coimbatore Participant
22nd ,23rd December-2010 National Level Path Finder- Explore, Experiment, Elucidate Research a Colloquium Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women, Coimbatore Participant
2nd,3rd August 2008 College Level Positive Therapy St Agnes College(Autonomous), Mangaluru Participant
Name : Vinatha K
Department : PSYCHOLOGY
Designation:Associate Professor and HOD

Seminars/workshops/conferences Attended

Date Level Title Place Participation Type
4/3/2016-5/3/2016 International Human Rights education for social work practice School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya, Mangalore Participant
23 February 2015 National General Intelligence and Reasoning Staff Selection Commission Bangalore Participant
9 July 2015 Regional Workshop on Creativity in Teaching Govt High School Baikampady, Mangalore Resource Person