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UGC Project (2006-2009) on Brain Power Utilization by Prof. Purnima Agarwal (Project completed & Report submitted).

UGC Project (2008- 2011) on Promoting Spirituality to Enhance Subjective Well Being among Young Adults Prof. Madhurima Pradhan (Project completed & Report submitted).

GFATM-Round-7 (Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, H.Q. Geneva) SAKSHAM  Project (2008-2015) Counseling Component entitled ‘To enhance the institutional capacities of key counselor training institutes to undertake capacity building and counseling supervision for counsellors’

GFATM was funding health related projects / activities in more than 136 countries all over the world. In India the project was known as Saksham. The overall goal of ‘Saksham’ was to strengthen the national health system by building the capacity of health functionaries in the field of HIV counseling to achieve and better meet the long-term goals of the National AIDS Control Programme for HIV prevention, care and treatment.  
Department of Psychology was one of the six Sub Recipients of GFATM with TISS Bombay being the principal recipient.  The Faculty In-charge for the Saksham Project at Lucknow University was Prof. Archana Shukla. The project duration was from 2008-2015. Under GFATM – Round7, 40 Higher Learning Institutes and universities collaborated with 25 SACS (State AIDS control society) and NACO (National AIDS control organization) for HIV/AIDS counseling, counseling supervision and related issues.


The UGC recognized the outstanding performance of the Department by awarding DRS Phase I under UGC SAP in 1996 for research on Stress and social support; DRS Phase II in 2001 for research on Stress and social relations and DRS Phase III in 2007. The focus of the DRS- Phase III was on Positive Psychology. The grant for third phase was not released due to paucity of hands in the department.

Centre of Excellence

The department was recognized as Center of Excellence by the Department of Higher Education, U.P. in 2012 for Promoting Wellbeing among Elderly: An Indian Perspective (Principal Investigator: Prof. P.C. Mishra). The project is near completion.

Student Counselling Cell

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for all the higher education institutions to have broad based Student Counselling System in place for effective redressal of problems and challenges faced by students. In pursuance to the letter from UGC to the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor in this regard, a Counselling Cellwas established in the department of Psychology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow on 21st July 2016.

Faculties as Resource Persons to Institutions/Organizations/Universities-

The faculty of the department regularly visits institutes like UPSC, UPPSC, IIMs, UPAM (formerly IMDUP), JTRI, PRAGYA Training Institute for Direct Taxes, NABARD, RBI, GSI, NIPCCD, Academic Staff College of L.U. & Other Universities as resource persons. 
Below are the details of some of the invited lectures by the faculty:

Special Invited lecture by Prof. Pallavi Bhatnagar on ‘Mental Health: Experiential Realities of the Socially Excluded’ in National Seminar on Social Exclusion and Mental Health held in Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad on 21st and 22nd of September2014.

Invited lecture by Prof. Madhurima Pradhan on ‘Set your boundaries’ in NSS Programme organized by Mahila PG College in December, 2015.


The department has produced a number of alumni who are distinguished their respective fields. Some of the reputed names are as follows:

Special Dignitaries

Mr. R.K.Trivedi, ex-Governor, Gujarat.

Prof. H.S.Asthana, ex-Vice-chancellor, H.S Gaur Sagar University, Sagar, M.P. (Presently in USA).

Administrative Services

Ms. Apoorva Srivastava , IFS

Ms. Darshita Ahluwaliya, IAS

Ms. Meera Srivastava, IAS

Ms. Ratna Pandey, IPS

Ms. Irina Garg, IRS

Dr. Reema Srivastava, PCS (AAO, Madhyamik Shiksha Vibhag, Lucknow, U.P.)

Dr. Shipra Singh,  PCS

Mr. Rajesh Kumar, PCS

Mr. Vikas Bansal, PCS


At International level

Prof. Ajit K. Das, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Duluth Campus.

Dr. Mukul Bhalla, Teaching Faculty, University of Virginia.

At National level

Prof. Archana Shukla, Director AIBAS & Dean, Faculty of Arts, Amity University, Gurgaon- Manesar, Haryana.

 Prof. Satish Kalra, Professor of OB &HRD, Greatlakes Institute of Management (GLIM), Gurgaon.

Prof. Usha Kumar, Professor (Retd.), Departmet of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Kanpur.

Prof. Madhukar Shukla, Professor of OB & Strategic Management, XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Prof. Neelima Mishra, Retd. Professor & Ex-HOD, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Prof. M.R. Rastogi, Retd. Professor & Ex-HOD, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Prof. P. Agarwal, Retd. Professor, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Prof. Pallavi Bhatnagar, Professor & Head, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Prof. Madhurima Pradhan, Professor, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Dr. Archana Shukla, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Dr. Megha Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, LU, Lucknow.

Prof. Amitav Mishra, Professor (Special Education), IGNOU, New Delhi.

Dr. Anand Pratap Singh, Head, Department of Psychology & Mental Health, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida.

Dr. Monika Mishra, Discipline Coordinator for Discipline of Psychology, School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi.

Dr. Swarnlata, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, BHU, Varanasi.

Besides, many other alumni like Dr. Sabeen Hasan Rizvi, Dr. Pragyan Dangwal, Dr. Priyanka Shukla, Dr, Prateeksha Srivastava, Dr. Naghma Javed, Dr. Riddhima Shukla, Dr. Shrishti Srivastava, Dr. Anupama Srivastava, Dr. Nehashree Srivastava, Dr. Jagriti shukla, Dr. Rashmi Sinha, Dr. Chhaya Gupta, Dr. Miny Chandra, Dr. Suneeta Dwivedi, Dr. Ramya Dwivedi, Dr. Kirti Madnani, Ms. Eram Fatma, Ms. Vidushi Dixit, Mr. Subhash Verma etc. are at faculty position in institutions like Gargi PG College, Delhi, Amity University, Gurgaon, Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan, Purvanchal University, Jaunpur etc. and at Amity University, National PG College, Nari Shiksha Niketan, City College etc. in Lucknow. 
Mental Health and Community Well being Issues

At International level

Dr. R.K.Mishra, Consulting Psychologist, Ohio, USA.

Dr. Natasha Alam, Speech Therapist, USA.

Dr. Pallavi Nisheeth, Mental Health Professional, USA.

At National level

Mr. Amitabh Mohan, Psychologist, HR Consultant & Managing Director, HLS India Ltd.

Ms. Sanjeeta Kundu, Clinical Psychologist, MAX Hospital, New Delhi

Dr. Shweta Singh, Clinical Psychologist, KGMU

Dr. Jaya Srivastava, Mental Health Professional

Dr. Shobhna Srivastava, Clinical Psychologist, Hyderabad

Dr. Abha Srivastava, Mental Health Professional

Ms. Preeti M. Shah, is into media advocacy for social issues with UNICEF

Ms. Ambreen Abdullah, a mental health professional in collaboration with WHO

Apart from the fields of administration, academics and mental health, the department also has alumni in the fields of banking, judiciary, media, journalism and defense services.


Dr. Amreen Fatima was awarded Guru Devi Gold Medal for Best Research in Humanities for the year 2014-15.

Ms. Nehashree Srivastava was awarded Best Woman Student of LU (Governor’s Medal- Silver) in 2008 and Dr. Chakravarty Gold Medal (Governor’s Medal) for being the most helpful student in social life in 2009. 

Ms. Swati Mishra was awarded Chancellor’s Bronze medal for being the best student in the final year of bachelor’s degree course in 2006.

The students of the department have been awarded fellowships by UGC and ICMR from time to time. The department currently has the following number of students who are receiving fellowship:

UGC- PDF - 02

UGC-JRF – 03

ICMR – 01

RGNF – 03

Total - 09

Besides, 10 students of the department have also cleared the National Eligibility Test (UGC- NET).

Happy Thinking Laboratory

Happy Thinking Laboratory for Psychospiritual development of students of University of Lucknow was virtually inaugurated on 21st November 2020 by Hon'ble Governor Ms Anandiben Patel on the occasion of Convocation ceremony of University of Lucknow. This laboratory comprises of Spiritual library,Wisdom hall, Research room, Silence room and a Green zone. Memmorandom of Understanding was made between Brahma Kumaris, Mount Abu, Rajasthan and Heartfulness Education Trust,  Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and University of Lucknow for facilitating this laboratory. 

112 UP Police

Department of Psychology signed an MOU with 112 UP police for online counselling of police personnels during the COVID phase (2020-2021). Dr. Archana Shukla was the coordinator of the program.