State has only 8 lecturers to teach psychology in PU

State has only 8 lecturers to teach psychology in PU

Even as the demand for psychology course is on the rise, there are only eight lecturers for teaching the subject, in the government and aided pre-university colleges across the state.

For the current academic year,a total of 85 students have chosen psychology, of whom 64 are in second PU. The numbers, however are quite better in aided colleges. As per the statistics available with the Pre-University Education Board, as many as 379 students have enrolled for psychology courses of whom 348 are second-year pre-
university students.

An official with the Department of Pre-
University Education told DH that little was being done to promote psychology as a subject. “Additional posts have to be created for this purpose. But, filling up these posts is not an easy task,” the official added. He said, for instance, there was a post for psychology lecturer in a pre-
university college in Channapattana. However, it was later shifted to Ramanagara as there were few takers for the course.

Dr Ashok H S, Head of the Department of Psychology, Bangalore University, said that the demand for psychology was growing only at graduate and postgraduate level.

“There is so much demand for psychology courses at postgraduate level that even after trifurcation of Bangalore University, all the seats for these courses are full. New department is being established in Tumakuru for postgraduation courses,” he said. He added it was also essential that the numbers go up at the pre-
university level.

Psychology students have ample job opportunities. “They can work as school counsellors or counselling experts. The subject is getting popular as stress-related ailments are growing by the day and many need help,”

Dr Ashok added. “Just like in the degree level, we have started offering psychology as a subject in science, commerce and arts commerce combinations. It could also be offered as an add-on course,” Dr Ashok said.