Dr. Panch. Ramalingam (03.03.1960) is Reader in the UGC - Academic Staff College of the Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India. Which is a higher education teacher development centre established by the University Grants Commission to plan, organize, monitor and evaluate programmes for teachers of Colleges/Universities. He is having rich experience of twelve years in teaching and co-ordinating the Orientation, Refresher Courses and other programmes related to professional development of teachers.
He has delivered lectures at the UGC – Academic Staff Colleges of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Punjab University, Chandigarh, Kurukshetra University, Rani Durgadevi University, Jabalpur, University of Mysore, Hyderabad Central University, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, Madras University, Chennai, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, and Goa University, Goa. In addition, he has delivered special lectures at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai, Christ University, Bangalore, Annamalai University, Pondicherry University Community College, and in many educational institutions. His lecture topics include Creative Teaching, Personality Development, Learning Styles, Behaviuoral Decision Making, Student Counselling, Effective Teaching Skills, Thinking styles and Emotional intelligence.
He had three post graduate degrees (MA in Psychology, MA in Education and MA in Political Science), and M. Phil. and Ph.D. research in Educational Counselling Psychology at Annamalai University, He had his undergraduate in Mathematics (B.Sc.). He received Diploma in Pharmacy from Madurai Medical College and registered as Pharmacist. His research area includes Teacher education, Undergraduate occupational preferences, decision making and mental health in Educational Counselling Psychology, Career Counselling, Integral Education, Yoga and Indian Psychology.
He is regularly attending and presenting research papers at the annual conferences organised by the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology. He has organized 10 national level conferences and three international seminars. He authored/ edited more than 55 books including 17 books related to psychology and education, which include Effective Teaching Skills (2007), Teaching Skills and Techniques (2007), Education and Information Technology (2006), Psychological Approaches to Teacher Education(2004), Studies in Applied Psychology (2003), Applied Psychology for the World Peace and Prosperity (2002), Psychological Perspectives in Education (2000), Undergraduate Occupational Preferences (1998), Dictionary of Psychology (English – English : 5th edition 2002), Co-authored/edited five books including Education and Human Rights(1999), Glimpses of Human Rights (1999), Human Rights for the Third Millennium(2000), Dictionary of Education (2000) and published twelve research articles in reputed journals.
His works underwent several editions and won the prestigious 'Best Book Award' twice in1991 for his book "Child and Cognitive Development" and 1995 for his book "Role of Venkatasubbah Reddiar in French India Liberation Movement" from the Government of Tamil Nadu. Recipient of French-India Liberation Writer Award 2005, (Pondicherry State freedom Fighters Association, Puducherry), Best Writer Award 2005 (Gandhi Kamaraj Freedom Fighters Association, Puducherry), Prof. Uma Nag Lecture Award 2005 (Psycho-Linguistic Association of India), and Psychometric Educational Services Award 2007 (GCC Trust, Arcot, Tamil Nadu).
He has been appointed as degree committee chair for a student of Antioch University, McGregor, Ohio, USA, under Individualised Liberal and Professional Studies to design, teach and evaluate Indian psychology. He taught Psychometrics for M. Phil Tourism in the Centre for Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University (1999–2004), and course coordinator for PG Diploma programme in Guidance and Counselling and NSS Programme officer at Pondicherry University Community College. As NSS programme officer he adopted Kombakkam village for community development from the year 2001 to 2004 and an urban slum Kuruchikuppam, Puducherry for literacy and community development from 2004 to 2007.
He received Cal Catterall Award twice in 2009 and 2010 from International School Psychology Association, USA. He visited Malta to present a paper in the 31st International Conference of ISPA on 7 -11 July 2009. He visited Dublin, Ireland to present a paper in the 32nd International Conference of ISPA on 20 - 24 July 2010. He visited London in 2009 and 2010, Paris in July 2009.
He is the editor of the Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology since 2005; invited Editor of the Journals "Indian Journal of Applied Psychology" and "Journal of Psychological Researches". He is editor of the newsletter "Indian Psychologist" published by the Pondicherry Psychology Association, an editorial advisory member of Gujarat Journal of Psychology, Journal of Disabilities, member of the PRP Journal of Human Rights, New Delhi (1999-2003).
He is the Secretary, Indian School Psychology Association. He was the Founder President of the Pondicherry Psychology Association (2000-2008), Patron of the Pondicherry Educational Foundation. He was the Founder Secretary and elected as secretary of the Puducherry Co-op. Book Society (1998 - 2002). Secretary of Centre for Universal Ethics, Pondicherry (1999 – 2003). He is a member of International School Psychology Association (ISPA), USA, Transpersonal Association, USA, member of American Psychological Association (APA), Washington. Executive Committee member of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Executive Member of the Society for Educational Technology Research and Development, Bharathidasan University, and Life Member of the Madras Psychology Society.
30th September 2010
Dr. Panch. Ramalingam