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Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) is a premier research laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and has completed more than seven decades of dedicated service to the nation in general, and Indian Armed Forces in particular. The history of the Institute goes back to pre-independence era of 1943 when it was established as an Experimental Board at Dehradun for selection of Indian Officers in Armed Forces. After independence, with the emergence of a reorganized structure of the Armed Forces, a strong need was felt to have a dedicated research cell for the selection and follow-up of the officer's cadre. Thus, in 1949 the Experimental Board was re-christened as Psychological Research Wing (PRW), with the primary objective to evolve a scientific system for the selection of officers and up-date it through continuous research programmes. In due course of time, with the emergence of new operational challenges in conventional warfare, the scope of the institute's charter was further expanded. Thus, in 1962, Psychological Research Wing was redesignated as Directorate of Psychological Research (DPR) to take on new areas of research related to morale, ideological convictions group effectiveness, leadership behaviour, job satisfaction, high altitude effects, motivation, attitudes, anthropometrics, civil-military relations and other issues related to Armed Forces. Meeting these challenges successfully, Directorate of Psychological Research (DPR) grew into a full-fledged Institute, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR) in 1982.

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