Ramanujan College begins first-ever batch of happiness classes in DU

New Delhi, August 14: Earlier known as the Deshbhanu Evening College, the Ramanujan College has commenced the first-ever batch of happiness classes in the University of Delhi (DU). For the six-month certificate programme, as many as 45 students from across the university are shortlisted. The College’s School of Happiness, Center of Ethics and Values is offering this course absolutely free of cost.

Focus area of course

The programme has been designed to make students capable of identifying and eliminating the underlying causes of stress. “As part of the course, students will be given training in personality development, yoga, meditation, life and communication skills etc. These skills are needed for the current generation, who often are prone to wrong-doings, anger and stress. The basic concept of the course is that we do not have ready-made happiness and one has to continuously create it,” Programme Coordinator Nidhi Mathur has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Curriculum based on feedback from faculty, experts

Training was given to the faculty members, and they were asked their own concept of happiness. The syllabus was created on the basis of their feedback. Mathur said that skill-training is easier said than done. “Since there is no benchmark of happiness, we have to be patient and see how these students who are trained under the course behave as compared to those who are not trained. We do not have a defined yardstick for the same which makes it difficult to impart these skills as compared to mainstream education,” she told the media.

Students were taught the principals of Sahaj Yoga’ and FLAG (Forgiveness, Loving Heart, Appreciating Mind and Gratitude) during the orientation for the course that was conducted on August 5. A panel discussion consisting of well-known psychologists was also held.

For further training, the four top-performing students under the course will be sent to Austria, Europe after the end of six months. However, certification will be given to all the students. “Our four performing students will be sent for further training for an exchange programme with the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) — an Austria-based entrepreneurial school. No fee will be charged.  The students will be accessed based on their performance including the project-work, community service and attendance,” Mathur told a news daily.