THE BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF PARAPSYCHOLOGY
DR. SATWANT PASRICHA
Dr. Satwant Pasricha is the PF International Affiliate for India. The following informal biography was written for a booklet distributed to other International Affiliates. Each affiliate was asked five questions about their background and interest in the field, the situation of parapsychology in their countries, and about their hopes for the future. A more formal biography will be posted in the coming months.
From Dr. Pasricha ...
I became interested in working in parapsychology because I was not satisfied with the conventional explanations of certain paranormal or unusual behavior; so I wanted to learn more about these phenomena.
I joined NIMHANS (Deemed University) as a faculty in December 1980 as a Lecturer in Clinical Parapsychology; and then was promoted to Assistant professor, Associate professor and Additional Professor of Clinical Psychology. Currently I am working as a Professor of Clinical Psychology. All faculty members at NIMHANS are involved in clinical work such as patient care and teaching and research (in the area of their interest). I am also involved in all these activities. My only involvement in a psychical research society is with SPR and ASPR. I am also working on a book as and when I get time.
There is only one more university in India (Andhra University) where people are engaged in some parapsychology research at the B.A. and M.A. level. In addition, a few people are engaged in private research in parapsychology but do not seem to have not published much in the academic journals. Because I have been affiliated to an institute, which is one of the best in the country, my work has been by and large accepted by the public and, to a large extent, by academia also.
Because there are no departments working in this area, job avenues are very few for people to pursue this subject Also, many people want a short cut to publicity so they investigate a few cases, publish in the media, and raise funds for either continuing in the area (post-retirement), or stop after a while. The field can flourish only if we have enough funds and a few honest people in the field. Also, working purely in parapsychology with no immediate implications is not accepted by the committees who allot funding. So I have mixed feelings toward parapsychological research although I am in a good setting, I have to devote almost three-quarters of my time in teaching and clinical activities and spend extra time on day-to-day basis for my research work.