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Why HEIs are trying to raise the happiness quotient – Times of India

Happiness appears to be a recurring theme in curriculums throughout increased academic establishments (HEIs). Though the happiness programme for kids at school I to VIII was first began by the Government of Delhi in July 2018 to enhance the psychological nicely-being of pupils, its concentrate on mindfulness, social emotional-studying, vital pondering and downside-fixing have earned ardent advocates in HEIs as nicely.

Few weeks again, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Jammu, joined the wellness brigade with the launch of ‘Anandam’, a centre for happiness, primarily based on the rules of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 to assist cut back the psychological strain of college students and school confronted with the stress of deadlines, coursework, instructing-load {and professional} and private life challenges.


Ecosystem for bliss

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Highlighting the proven fact that COVID – 19 additional posed appreciable challenges to college students and school members, BS Sahay, director, IIM Jammu says, the institute felt the want to create an ecosystem which might allow college students to handle their life energies to stay joyful not solely as a pupil however later as managers and executives in numerous organisations.

“The purpose of ‘Anandam: The Centre for Happiness’ is to bring holistic well-being based on the notion of ‘pañca kosa.’ Regular physical exercise or asanas can bring wellness at the physical level (annamaya ko?a); breathing exercises like pra?ayama and mindfulness can help in enhancing vitality (pra?amaya kosa); meditation (dhyana) and contemplation (nididhyasana) over the nature and purpose of life brings tranquility at the emotional and cognitive level (manomaya & vijñanamaya). When the four sheaths are harmonised, one experiences a profound state of relaxation and bliss (ananda),” Sahay says.


Building bridges and connections


Happiness can also be an important ingredient in curriculums throughout the IITs with IIT Kharagpur having arrange the ‘Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness’ as a platform to nurture the science and artwork of happiness via scientific views throughout analysis, educational programme, follow and outreach.

At IIT Madras, a number of curricular programs have been launched that “have started to tickle the students’ happiness nerves”, says MS Sivakumar, school, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras. Elective programs equivalent to Happiness, Habits and success, fostering enriching relationships, methods for skilled progress, and discovering creativity have left a constructive affect amongst the college students.


Happiness in occasions of VUCA


At IIM Bodh Gaya, the emphasis is on mindfulness via its centre Samatvam the place college students beneath the Pragyan speak sequence have been enlightened with the follow of changing into conscious leaders, adapting to altering tendencies, and creating a piece-life steadiness. Core and elective programs on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, psychological wellbeing have additionally been integrated into the institute’s MBA, PhD and UG curriculum.

Vinita S Sahay, director, IIM Bodh Gaya says that if happiness is the purpose, such initiatives shouldn’t be seen as a band-help in particular circumstances however constructed into the schooling system. “Happiness is a life skill which should be incorporated across institutions, more so in covid times, marked by VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) to make students resilient.”

“The pandemic, it appears, has forced 1.2 billion children in 186 countries out of physical classrooms. In the age of virtual classes where students are relying on self and parental help, the Happiness curriculum is a necessity to foster creativity,” says Nitin Arora, professor, Amity University that has arrange the Amity Centre of Happiness which not too long ago performed ‘Legendary happiness: Research Conference’ and one other on ‘Student Engagement, well-being, holistic development and the New Normal’ to familiarise college students with the key pillars of happiness.

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