Introduction to ISABS
Introduction to ISABS
Registered in 1972, Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science (ISABS) is a national, voluntary society of behavioural scientists engaged in applying their knowledge and skills to the well-being of persons, organizations, communities and the society at large. Its members are spread across the country. They are drawn towards ISABS from all fields of society. Most of them are engaged in various roles as academicians, human resource development managers, independent consultants, trainers, counselors and community change agents. ISABS’ core strength lies in its understanding of human processes at individual, group and system levels – a core competence to facilitate lasting change in organizations.
ISABS is a values-based institution dedicated to the dignity and autonomy of human beings as individuals in groups, organisations and society at large.ISABS is dedicated to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to Applied Behavioural Science.
ISABS & Organization Development in India
The story of ISABS is also the story of OD (Organization Development) in India. From the late 1960s, pioneers in the field of OD in India were developing programs for Internal Change Agents and Facilitators. Indian Behavioural scientists such as Udai Pareek, Pulin Garg, Dharni Sinha, Somnath Chattopadhyaya, Manohar Nadkarni, Abad Ahmad, Ishwar Dayal and Francis Menezes, to name a few, were some of the founders of ISABS as also the first practitioners of OD in India, who made path-breaking contributions to the field of OD. ISABS continues to take this legacy forward in different ways. Specializing in human process work, ISABS continues to offer Human Process Laboratories and a variety of process-oriented programmes as well as developmental programmes for professionals capable of facilitating these programmes.
The Organizational Development Certification programme (ODCP) is a natural extension and embodies the very essence of ISABS’ philosophy and heritage of process work expertise available within ISABS.
Many current ISABS Professional Members are leading practitioners of OD in India and abroad. We have continuing professional linkages with Applied Behavioral Science organizations outside India viz. National Training Laboratories (NTL), with many ISABS members also being NTL members, including some who are on the Academic Council of ODCP, OEGGO in Austria. ODCP benefits from this abundant pool of expertise and experience.