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Fergusson College (Autonomous) Pune - Department of Psychology


MA Psychology 2018
  • Course Name : MA Psychology 2018

  • Course Type : Entrance Exam 2018

  • Deadline : 15 Jun 2018

  • 400



General Information

With  the  end  of  the  East  India  Company's  regime  in  India  and  the  failure  of  the  first armed uprising in 1857, for  India's freedom, a new era dawned in our country.  It was clear that the emancipation of our  land and the transformation of the life of our peoplehad to be brought about  by  peaceful  and  constitutional  means.  Indian  renaissance  had  begun  and  it  heralded  the role which education needed to play to achieve national aspirations.Wood's Education Despatch (1854),  the  Education  Commission  of  1882  and  the  Hunter  Commission  (1891),were  all indicative  of  the  concerted  efforts,  of  both  the Government  and  the  Indian  people,  in  the enterprise  of  education.  The  Founders  of  the  Fergusson  College  had first  started  the New English  School,  Pune in  1880  and  later  established  the Deccan  Education  Society  (DES) in 1884. The  college  held  these  classes,  for  almost  ten  years,  in  the  old  Gadre  Wada and  other locations  in  Poona.  A  plot  of  about  37  acres  (a  portion  of  the  present  extensive  campus)  was acquired on a 99 years' lease in 1891 by the DES. The foundation stone of the Main building of the  Fergusson  College  was  laid  in  1892  and  the  building  was  completed  in  1895.  The  college started functioning  on  this campus  in  1895.  From  then  onwards,  the college  has  grown  from strength  to  strength  and  acquired  a  reputation  as  a  nationbuilding  institution.  It  has  a  place  of
pride in the hearts of the people, as a historical monument and a symbol of the country's freed om struggle.


We aspire to carry forward the Vision of our founders of providing affordable quality education, while expanding our academic horizons to bring the institution on par with global leaders in the field of higher education.


The Department of Psychology was established in Fergusson College in 1979 to cater to the demand to offer specialization in Psychology to undergraduate students.  Though a relatively young Department, the teaching of Psychology goes back a long way when it was taught under the encompassing subject of Philosophy. The department of Philosophy has had stalwarts like Prin. G.G. Agarkar, who originally founded the department, Prin. Bhate, Profs.  R.D. Ranade, V. K. Jog, D. D.Wadekar, G. N. Joshi and Prin S. V. Bokil on its staff since its inception, and students were fortunate to have been taught by such eminent personalities. Owing to the incessant demand for specialization in Psychology, however, Psychology was established as a separate Department, and soon became one of the most sought after subjects in Fergusson College.  

The Department of Psychology was established under the able leadership of Mrs. Geeta Mehta who served as its Head until 1999. From then on it was headed by Dr. Mrs. Vidya Talwarkar, who served until her retirement in 2008. For quite a few years the department offered undergraduate course in Psychology.

In the year 2005, The Post Graduate Course in Counseling Psychology(PGCCP) was launched by the department. This is a one-year autonomous course conducted by Deccan Education Society through Fergusson College, and is coordinated by Dr. Megha Deuskar. This course is a skill-based module and trains students in the actual skills of counseling.

Dr. Shobhana Abhyankar, Head of the Department, took keen interest in starting the M.A. programme in Psychology in 2006 and setting up satelite library for PG students. For the PG course, two specializations are offered, Industrial Psychology and Clinical Psychology. The department has successfully completed 7 batches of M.A. so far and is one of the most sought-after departments in Pune. The department has produced eminent psychologists, psychotherapists and several brilliant academicians.

Keeping in view the ever-increasing need for counselling, Dr. Abhyankar established MAANAS: Center for Psychological Testing and Counselling in 2006. Personal Counselling, and Aptitude testing and career counselling is carried on at MAANAS.

In 2015, the college started Pune University recognized Ph.D. Research Centre for Psychology, under the leadership of Dr.Shobhana Abhyankar. The department is known for research in various specialized areas like I/O Psychology, Health Psychology, Positive Psychology, Yoga Nidra, REBT, to name a few.

Programs/courses offered:

    B.A. Psychology
    M.A. Psychology
        Industrial Psychology
        Clinical Psychology
    Ph.D. Research
    DES Post Graduate Course in Counseling Psychology (PGCCP)


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    F.C. Road,
    Pune 411004
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