Professor PU becomes first Asian to receive honorary award from International Society for Sports Psychology
EXCELLENCE IS NOT just a word for Professor Emeritus Jitendra Mohan, Department of Psychology, University of Punjab, but a lifelong pursuit. Decades of work in the field of experimental, positive and athletic psychology, with a focus on excellence have earned him numerous awards, coveted positions. He has now received the prestigious Honorary Award of the “International Society for Sports Psychology” (ISSP) for the year 2021 at the 15th Virtual World Congress of Sports Psychology in Taipei.
Mohan is the first Asian to receive the award, which is presented every four years in recognition of significant contributions to national and international sports psychology through leadership, research and / or other professional services. Prof. Mohan has played a central role in establishing sports psychology in India and is the founding president of the Indian Association for Sports Psychology, founded in 1985, of which he served as president for two terms. He also served two terms as a member of the Management Board of ISSP, the world’s oldest and largest sports psychology society, with thousands of members worldwide.
“It’s a special day, because the psychology of sport is about real investment, not just in the players, but in all aspects, on and off the pitch. And we’ve come a long way, as we have. all seen at the 2021 Olympics. I came to PU for my masters in psychology from DAV College, Jalandhar in 1960. I was not an athlete, although DAV was famous for athletics. I did my doctorate in experimental psychology because I was interested in observing athletes and it was by pure chance that I was introduced to sports psychology on this campus, ”he said. in 1975, had organized a training camp for the Indian hockey team for the World Cup of Hockey and the VC asked four people, including Professor Mohan, to help them.