IGNOU holds conference on psychological measurement

Modern societies, including India, are in a flux and need the intervention of disciplines like psychology to understand the complex problems and issues faced by people, said Pro-VC Prof P.R. Ramanujam while inaugurating the two-day national conference on 'Psychological Measurement: Strategies for the New Millennium', organized by IGNOU's School of Social Sciences (SOSS). The conference, held at the Convention Centre on March 4 and 5, focused on two major concerns with regard to psychometry. Firstly, what is the extent to which the contents and methods have changed with the changing world and how do we justify the use of old testing procedures, if we do; and secondly the concerns about the use of American and European testing tools on Indian population – do we have other choices that we can adopt? Can we standardize these tests in Indian context? Can we search for innovative methods? While releasing a souvenir of abstracts, Prof Ramanujam said, “This conference is aimed at evolving strategies to understand the psychological measurement in the context of highly individualized, social and cultural settings, wherein the old techniques may be found wanting.” In his message published in the released souvenir, Vice Chancellor V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, remarked, “There has been a dearth of psychological equipment and test material that are entirely standardized in Indian conditions and exclusively for the Indian population. Experts in the field have made many attempts to devise psychological tests, but very little publicity has been given to their efforts.” “Psychological measurement is one of the most significant areas under the field of psychology. Measuring entities is a challenge mainly because these entities are intangible. Within the span of the century, psychological testing has come a long way. But, in the past 20 years, we have witnessed a changed world with the IT revolution. The exposure to information of all kind of age groups has indeed exploded, which has also affected psychometric test administration, scoring and interpretation,” said Prof Gopinath Pradhan, Director, SOSS. Emeritus professionals like Prof A.K. Sen, Professor (Rtd.), Delhi University, Prof Ajit Mohanty, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Prof Amulya Khurana, IIT-Delhi, shared their work and communicated their contribution to this field. They brought forward varied themes like current trends and future prospects in psychological measurement, pschyometrics in India and application of foreign tests in India and latest trends of psychological testing in organizations.

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