Dept of Psychology Concludes Conference On Mental Health for Sustainable Human Development
The Department of Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) concluded the two-day International Conference on ‘Mental Health for Sustainable Human Development’ in which 250 papers were presented by research scholars and scholars from all over the country and abroad.
Presiding over the valedictory function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that a large number of people are suffering from mental health issues and there is a mental health epidemic all over the world.
He added that many cases of school shootings in United States of America, where guns can be purchased at the age of 18 have occurred. “The accused in most of these shooting cases have been found to be suffering from serious mental health issues,” said the Vice Chancellor.
Prof Mansoor pointed out that the case studies of people suffering mental health problems have shown that depression and the materialistic society have led to mental disabilities.
“Since AMU is a multi-disciplinary university, different departments of social sciences, medical sciences and basic sciences can work in collaboration to find ways of curing mental health problems,” said the Vice Chancellor.
During the valedictory address, Prof G B Thakur (Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, M G Vidhapeeth, Varanasi) said that this age belongs to psychology as we are facing diverse effects of culture and society on mental health, mental illness, and mental health services.
“This understanding is key to developing mental health services that are more responsive to the cultural and social contexts of people,” said Prof Thakur adding that religion is important, directly and indirectly, in the etiology, diagnosis, symptomatology, treatment and prognosis of psychiatric disturbances but people today are too busy to think over it.
Prof Hafiz Iliyas (Chairperson, Department of Psychology and Organising President of the Conference) said that the Department of Psychology research scholars have presented 60 papers during the conference, while the research scholars from other university departments presented 40 papers. He added that delegates from 11 different countries including USA, Afghanistan, Palestine, Columbia, Ethopia, Tunisia, Tanzania and other Asian and European countries participated in the conference.
Guest-of-Honour, Prof S M I A Zaidi (Head, Department of Educational Planning and Registrar, NUEPA, New Delhi) said that mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. “In most cases, no one is sure precisely about the cause of a particular problem and people most likely suffer mental problems because of a combination of factors, although some people may be more deeply affected by certain things than others,” he added.
Prof Najma Akhtar (Head, Department of Training and Capacity Building in Education, NUEPA, New Delhi) who also attended the function as a guest-of-honour said that mental health is still a taboo subject for many cultures and it is high time we grasp the gravity of the situation and grow up. “Mental health and well- being need to be a priority, especially in today’s stressful times,” said Prof Akhtar.
AMU alumnus, Dr Wael Mustafa, who had come from Palestine to attend the conference, also spoke on the occasion.
Prof Shamim A Ansari (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences) proposed the vote of thanks, while Dr Nasheed Imtiaz presented the conference report.
Dr S Reshma Jamal conducted the programme.