Children studying in Delhi government schools have been “learning” about happiness for a year now. Starting this August, Delhi University students will get vital tips on how to lead a “happy life” through a six-month certificate course at Ramanujan College
A professor from Harvard University will deliver a lecture on happiness to the first batch of students. The college started the School of Happiness at its Centre for Ethics and Value in 2018. The multi-disciplinary course — with both theoretical and practical aspects — has been finalised in close coordination with teachers of philosophy, economics, applied psychology and geography, among other subjects.
Explaining the rationale behind starting the course, SP Agarwal, college principal, told “A lot of students come to DU from outside Delhi. They arrange for their own accommodation and go through a lot of stress. So, it’s important for them to engage in such activities.” Agarwal, who was in regular touch with the head of Harvard Centre of Happiness, added: “We were told that Prof Kasisomayajula Viswanath, director of India Research Centre and Harvard Centre for Public Health and Happiness, will be visiting the class in August.” While the students will have to appear for an examination and will be given grades, project presentations and daily assessments will also be taken into account. “We will enroll 50 students for the first batch. The applicants will have to appear for an interview,” said TK Mishra, associate professor and teacher coordinator for the course. Though students of the college will be given preference during admission, those from other institutes can apply for the course as well.