Department of Post Graduation Studies and research in Psychology

The Department of Post Graduate Studies and Research in Psychology was established in the year 1999.
The department was established in the year 1999 and was recognized as a research centre for P.h.D Programme in Psychology by Mangalore University in 2008. The department is a vibrant place with a humongous opportunity for holistic development. Myriad forms of learning are adopted to enhance the learning experience. A notable feature of the department is, free counselling service named Arrayah: a ray of hope offered to the needy and hands on experience to the Students through internship at Various Schools, institutions &organisations. Department offers certificate courses in School Psychology, Indian Psychology and Basic Yogasana. The department also strives to inculcate research bent of mind among students by undertaking research projects and encouraging the students to present and publish research articles.

Highlights of the Department

ARRAYAH: A RAY OF HOPE, Counselling services.
Helpline number: +91-8867529181
Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30pm (Mon – Sat)

o Department Clinic
o Hostel Counselling
o Radio Talk
o Clinical assessments
o Day celebrations
o Street play, Flash mob, poster making
o Teach to Reach: a skill development &an awareness programme
o Module presentation

Psychotherapy Camp:Feeling to healing camp
Memorandum of understanding (MoU):
o Manasa Hospital, Shivamogga
o Centre for multidisciplinary research (CMDR), Dharwad

Elective subjects offered by the department

  • Psychology in Everyday Life
  • Science of Happiness
  • Personality Development
  • Life Skills Education
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Ph.D. Guideship

Name: Dr.M.Y Manjula ( 2008)

No. of research scholars On going research Submitted research thesis Phd Awarded
0 0 11 10


Name: Dr Maheshbabu.N (2021)

No. of research scholars On going research Submitted research thesis Phd Awarded
4 4 nill nill

Did You Know ?

"It is a stupendous task to understand mysterious, metaphysical realm of consciousness in a scientific manner".

Association & Activities

Psychological and Educational Association of Counseling and Excellence (PEACE)

  • Workshops – Cognitive behaviour Therapy (CBT), Clinical Case History Taking, Research Proposal Writing, Mindfulness Based Living, Assessment and Remediation for Children with Learning Disability, Counselling for Sexual Minorities, Behavioural Intervention for Children with Autism, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT)
  • Guest Lectures
  • Psychovision– Enhancing Mental Health Across Life Span: Role of Psychologists,
  • Conferences-National Level on “Sambandha, Sampreethi, Sangharsha: The Dynamics of Human Relationships”
  • Educational tour
  • Field visits – Manipal Anatomy And Pathology Museum, Manipal; Chethana Special School, Bharathi Seva Mandali Trust, Near Sri Krishna Kshetra, Anekere; Manipal Technologies Limited (Industrial Visit), Adult Rehabilitation Centre, Hombeleku
  • World Mental Health Day
  • Suicide Prevention Day
  • Virtual Classes
  • Alumni Interactions
  • Psychology Day
  • Training Camps
  • Hostel counselling
  • Psycho –Education Camp
  • Mobile Hospital / Counselling

Community Orientation

The Teach to Reach Program

  • To present various modules for the students aimed at improving their academic and holistic development.
  • To identify students who need special attention and help them.
  • To counsel the students who are in need and orient students and teachers about different strategies in improving their skills and abilities.
  • To address and educate the parents on creating a student-friendly environment at home etc.

Arrayah: A Ray of Hope

  • To help the hostelites assess their abilities, Interests, needs and find solutions to their problems.
  • To bring about a voluntary change in individuals.
  • To facilitate them to improve their self-esteem and help them in maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • To provide a platform to understand their emotions, clear their doubts and resolve their conflicts.
  • Act as a facilitator in providing their overall development.
  • Help them live in a more satisfying and resourceful ways.

Counselling services

  • Marriage counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Student counseling
  • Education counseling

Research outputs

  • Research Outputs:
  • Faculty with Ph.D : 02
  • Faculty submitted the Ph.D : Nil
  • Faculty ongoing Ph.D : 02
  • Dr. Vandana Jainin the year 2017 awarded with Ph.D (with coursework) in Psychology from Mangalore University under the guidance of Dr. M.Y Manjula, Professor and Head Dept. Post- Graduation studies and research in Psychology, SDM College (Autonomous), Ujire. Title of the thesis “Enhancing the level of Achievement Motivation, Academic Achievement, Well-Being, Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy of Adolescent Dalit Girls”.
  • Dr. Maheshbabu Nhas completed Ph.D. from Dept of Psychology, Karnataka University, Dharwad in the year 2015, through ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship, under the guidance of Dr. S. G. Jadhav, Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Karnataka Arts College, Dharwad. The title of the thesis “Organizational Climate, Job anxiety, Job satisfaction and Mental health of teachers working government and private aided high schools”
  • Ms. Ashwini S Shettyis currently pursuing Ph.D. in Psychology from Karnataka University, Dharwad Dr. Rajeshwari Kenchappanavar,Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychology, Karnataka University, Dharwad.
  • Ms Sindhu Vis currently pursuing Ph.D. in Psychology from Mangalore University on the topic titled ‘Well-being, self-regulation, learning approach and parenting among adolescents under the Guidance of Dr. Maheshbabu, Department of psychology, SDM College (Autonomous), Ujire.


  • “Psychology: Existing trends and emerging fields”, New United Publishers, B-170, Baikampady Industrial area, Mangaluru, ISBN 978-93-81195-96-3, 2018
  • “Mental health – a global concern and conviction”, published by Department of PG Studies and Research in Psychology, Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College (Autonomous), Ujire. 2022. ISBN 978-93-54935-84-8, July 2022.

Scheme & Syllabus

  • Choice Based Credit System Scheme (2019-2020 onwards)
  • Choice Based Credit System Scheme (2020-2021 onwards)

List of Board of Studies Members 2022-23

Department Gallery