The president of the Department of Psychology, Kanishka Singh, opened the Positive Psychology Symposium by welcoming the students of various departments in attendance, teachers as well as the administrative staff, including Dr. Suman Sharma, the principal of the college. Kanishka quoted Martin Seligman’s famous quote: “The aim of positive psychology is to catalyze a change in psychology from a preoccupation only with repairing the worst things in life to also building the best qualities in life”, to set the stage for the two day event.
Dr. Priti Dhawan, HOD, addressed the audience by stating that, “Psychology is not just a domain dealing with what is wrong, but also what is right. She welcomed the students, guest speakers and panelists. “With these thoughts, I once again welcome you to share a space that calibrates goals and aims through a dialectical process of criticism and rationality.”
This was followed by the traditional lighting of the lamps, which was accompanied by the singing of a sholka from the Bhagvad Gita, by Ananta Gaur, one of the student of the department (the shloka was about guiding the soul to the endless journey of knowledge.)
This was followed by the Principal Suman Sharma’s address who applauded the department for picking a topical issue like positivity and how much of a need there is to talk about such issues.
After which some of the musically talented students of the department put up a delightful rendition of Pharrell’s “Happy”.
The opening ceremony was concluded with a presentation of the schedule of the upcoming events by given Kanishka, after which the first event began.
Reported By: Tanvi Chatterjee
Photo Credits: Archisha Bhattacharjee