The Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science (ISABS) was registered in January 1972 as a
professional body under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. Over the past years ISABS membership
has grown considerably. Most of its growth has been brought about through its Professional Development
and Internship Programmes.
ISABS is a national non-profit, voluntary professional organisation founded by a group of behavioural
scientists engaged in applying their knowledge and skills for the well-being of persons, organisations and
communities. Its members work as independent consultants, trainers, counsellors, academecians, training
managers, personnel and human resource development managers in industrial and non-industrial
organisations and as community change agents.
Human processes play an important role in the life of any group, institution, organisation, community or a
nation. It is important for men and women to unblock their latent energies and expand their own unique
strengths and potential.
ISABS also offers programmes to develop professionals capable of facilitating such experience based
learning in organizational and societal contexts. Apart from the Human Process Labs. And Professional
Development Programmes, ISABS also offers in the Regional and National Events, theme based learning in
areas such as Gender Processes, Values and Institution Building, Personal Effectiveness, Extension
ISABS utilises experience based learning as its main training method. Experiencing, reflecting,
hypothesising, conceptualising and experiementing are the chief ingredients of the process of learning in a
ISABS, Kolkata Region (there are 8 other Regions) started in 1991. We have regular monthly meetings and
major events offering different types of human process labs, atleast twice a year.
Extension Motivation is reflected in regard for other persons, co-operation with others for achievement of a
common goal, faith and trust in members of a group, and involvement in goals which concern not only
oneself, but large groups, community or society. Various dimensions of extension motivation may be:
helping, collaborating, sympathy, risking one's confort or safety for others, sacrifice, patriotism, hospitality,
An Extension Motivation Lab will:-
-help people to analyse their level of extension motivation, and to examine how far they are satisfied with
-help them to analyse various aspects of their job and to what extent the job provides opportunities to use
-help them to diagnose the organisational culture to see what elements contribute to extension motivation
and which elements are against
-help in the analysis of norms prevailing in the organisation - to see which norms promote collaboration
and which are against.
-help them to share their apprehensions of the consequences of collaboration so that they may
deal practically with such apprehensions.
i. to explore collaboratively and experientially for arriving at a deeper and fuller underlstanding of e.m.
ii. to identify its components,
iii. to develop a design and methodology for a training module on e.m.
He is Advisory Member for Asia and the Middle East of Human Resource Development International and
also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Global Committee on the Future of Organization
Development. He has been Chairman of the Governing Boards of the Institute of Development Studies,
Academy of Human Resource Development and of ISABS, and L&T Professor of Organisational
Behaviour, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad;
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