The Department of Psychology, Savitribai Phule Pune University, was established in May
1950, and was named as the
DEPARTMENT OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY.
Professor V. K. Kothurkar, an experimental psychologist trained at Cambridge
University, was the founder and Head. The Department has a strong tradition
in research and teaching. The Department was renamed as the Department of
Psychology in the early eighties.
Approximately 1400 M.A. students have passed out and 75 students have been
awarded Ph.D. degree from this Department. As the scope of applications of
psychology is increasing everyday, teaching, research, and extension
activities are also directed to applied work. Thus, the Department strives
for a combination of pure and applied psychology. Considering the Indian
scenario and the demand in the professional field the Department emphasizes
an eclectic approach in teaching.
Experimental Personality research
Five-Factor Model of Personality
Industrial and Organizational psychology
Psychology of Stress
Gender related issues
In the recent past, as a result of some
concentrated research efforts, Five-Factor Model of personality has emerged
as one of the thrust areas in the department.