Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) is the section of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU) representing the academic programs in the closely related behavioral areas with neurocognitive specialization in Forensic Psychology in general, with special reference to neuropsychological and psychosocial genesis of criminal behavior in individuals. Students are trained in investigative neurocognitive methods, and various psychological methods for changing/controlling behavioral responses that may be labelled offensive behavior by the society. IBS focuses on broad areas like: Social Sciences, Neurosciences, Neural-Decision Sciences, Psychological Sciences, Social-Communication Sciences, Cognitive Sciences, Psychobiology, Management Sciences, Operational Research, Social Psychology, Forensics, Criminal Behaviors, Normality, Abnormality and other related domains of behavioral constructs.
The Institute endeavors to impart education and research in clinical and forensic psychological sciences and also to provide better caliber in diagnostics; psycho-legal consultation to referral sources (clinicians, attorneys, the courts, social services, criminal justice agencies, etc.) and treatment & rehabilitation to clients. It is staffed with highly experienced mental health professionals; rehabilitation professionals and cognitive neuroscientists, who provide a wide range of services in education and research & development, in areas of clinical, neuropsychology and forensic psychological sciences. M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses are the main academic programs that offer specialization in Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology domains. M.Phil. Clinical Psychology (M.Phil-CP) is a course conducted and monitored as per rules of Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). RCI has recognized the IBS, GFSU for conduction M.Phil-CP course from 2011 onwards while other courses are duly recognized by University Grants Commission. IBS has established Buddha Psychological Services Centre (BPSC), which provides consultation and treatment services, in terms of diagnostic; therapeutic and rehabilitative services, to mentally challenged individuals and offenders in both civil and criminal cases on outdoor basis. IBS is also providing counseling services (Buddha Counseling Centre) at Sabarmati Central Prison of Ahmedabad, for jail inmates and also impart student training in Juvenile and Observatory homes in and around the vicinity. Efforts are in progress to apply socially and individually relevant methods for the rehabilitation of juveniles and prisoners. This is a very challenging social program, which needs to obtain extensive psychological, social, and administrative supports in the country. M.Phil. in Forensic Psychology has this as a special component of training, as the expertise can be applied for taking care of the rehabilitative needs of offenders in the society. Highly experienced and eminent experts are engaged as faculty at the institute. It intends to start post-doctoral / doctoral / postgraduate degree / diploma / certificate courses in important areas viz. investigative psychology, suspect detection, lie detection, psychological profiling, cyber psychology etc. in the near future. These courses will be open to both students and in-service personnel.
The institute has set up cognitive electrophysiology laboratory and research projects are carried out with other institutions and laboratories, recognized as Research Centres by GFSU. IBS works in close collaboration with Directorate of Forensic Science, which is the central laboratory in Gujarat for all forensic investigations including those in Forensic Psychology. IBS also has such collaboration mainly with Ahmedabad Hospital for Mental Health and also with the Civil Hospital, Gandhinagar, where students receive practical training in clinical psychological and psychiatric services. As IBS conducts various forensic psychological investigative training programs for the entire police force and judicial professionals of the country, as part of the training programs conducted by GFSU, they are also closely supported by these agencies, especially Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), New Delhi.