Wed, February 21, 2024

Identifying competencies critical to attaining students’ success: Dr Sahni

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  • WSV Vice President addresses press briefing in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU: India's renowned behavioural scientist Prof of Eminence Dr Sanjeev P Sahni emphasized maximising potential through behavioural competencies and performance enhancement among students. In a riveting press briefing organised at Marriott Kathmandu, today Sahni elaborated on enhancing various social, emotional, and cognitive abilities among students through competency mapping techniques. He demonstrated how academic performance, emotional satiation and career success are a function of their behavioural stimuli. "It is important to understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of the students and based on those identify key competencies that need to be worked upon. It is all about identifying skills and strengths of students in areas like teamwork, leadership and decision making and then building a corrective mechanism based on that," said the behavioural scientist who has recently been elected Vice President of the World Society of Victimology (WSV). In recent years, researchers and behavioural scientists like Dr Sahni himself have focused on identifying competencies as a key element for measuring the performance of students. Dr Sahni asserted using techniques like audio-visual infotainment, subliminal training, meditation, speed-reading, and memory games to improve the academic and social performance of students. There is a need for widening transdisciplinary approach in social-cognitive psychology studies in a bid to assess, evaluate and then find remedies and solutions to the laxities of the student community," Dr Sahni who also heads Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS)-India's premier value-based institute said at the press briefing. Behaviour competencies in one of the excellent life skills that aid in building interpersonal relations among professionals as well as within peer groups. The competency of a person is always judged on a parameter of his/her critical and creative communication skills. When we talk about maximising human potential through behaviour competencies, we are talking about education and its purpose, the purpose is to educate our children not only on the information and abilities necessary to conduct elegantly and appropriately, but also to act in accordance with those skills. To put it another way, education should not end at the level of judgement but rather go on to the area of actual conduct. There is a certain parameter which enhances behaviour competencies, maximises human potential and upgrades performances among students. Parameters such as moral and social knowledge, common manners, social norms, rules and regulations, and the behavioural approach towards the organisation. Social skills such as the ability to use verbal and nonverbal strategies to perform socially and morally. Skills to perform efficiently orally and verbally in day-to-day life which is acceptable normative behaviour while interacting with others. Humanity, humbleness, intelligence courage conscience and autonomy, respect, responsibility, naturalness, loyalty, assertiveness, and perseverance are also the qualities which aid in student positive psychology, and positive attributes and promote overall potential up-gradation in one's characteristics. Dr Sahni mentioned approach to processing information and making a behavioural decision is also an important component in judgement and decision and promoting the overall welfare of the student.
  • Interpreting the stimulus and identifying the problem is a filter to analyse the problem and accordingly finding a solution to it by moral judgement and decision
  • Making a plan of action to approach a problem and find a solution adequately Formulating an ideal plan of moral action, social norms, and moral judgement to evaluate a situation and make a decision accordingly.
  • Alternative way of evaluation and making decision by seeing other probabilities which are influenced by other factors such as the immediate feeling, the nature of the action and one's social and moral value.
  • Output process and taking actions is affected by a set of effectors such as logical sequence, interpreting the stimulus, formulating and accepting the course of action, making alternative decision, the emotional state of a person is also a major element in decision making.
Behavioural competencies have a major role to play when it comes to the education of the child and bringing visible difference in overall growth and acceleration of their academic progress. Stepping up in academics and building up leadership qualities with wise acumen by equipping them in handling any situation which comes up as a challenge and requires a thought process that requires, analytical skill, critical thinking and rational ability that can encompass knowledge, skills, attitudes, and actions that distinguish excellent performers in every field of life. The understanding of the importance of the formation of behaviour competency is crucial because it helps in the overall development of a student and aid in positive youth development. Behaviour competency becomes a part of a student's personality and aids in accessing better opportunities in every arena of life, which eventually result in positive rewards that further encourage students to work for achieving more excellence in life. It is pertinent to mention that Dr Sahni has trained over 200,000 students school principals, teachers, senior government officials, industry professionals in more than 50 countries in areas of competency mapping, business communications, decision making, stress management, performance enhancement, emotional intelligence, and best teaching practices. He has published more than 40 research articles in international and national indexed journals and has 19 books to his credit. READ ALSO:
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