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IIT Kharagpur planning centre for science of happiness: Govt

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New Delhi | Published: July 25, 2016 8:42:43 PM

IIT Kharagpur, one of the premier institutes in the country, is planning to set up a 'centre for science of happiness' to promote science and practice of positivity for fostering meaningful life, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

IIT entrance newsIIT Kharagpur has informed that the Centre proposes to have some courses for the UG and PG students of the institute and it will also offer training programmes and certificate courses as per norms, he said. (PTI)

IIT Kharagpur, one of the premier institutes in the country, is planning to set up a ‘centre for science of happiness’ to promote science and practice of positivity for fostering meaningful life, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey said the proposal was received from IIT Kgp alumni Satinder Singh Rekhi and the Centre’s vision is to promote science and practice of positivity for fostering meaningful life, happiness, well being and holistic self-development by bringing together various disciplines ranging from psychology, management to engineering. A team of IIT Kgp faculty members has been identified for developing the courses and programmes of the proposed centre, he said in a written reply. IIT Kharagpur has informed that the Centre proposes to have some courses for the UG and PG students of the institute and it will also offer training programmes and certificate courses as per norms, he said. “Rekhi has agreed to set up a seed endowment fund and has transferred an initial amount of Rs 60 lakh to plan the centre. Detailed funding requirement will be known after the detailed plan is made by the institute,” he added. The development comes close on the heels of Madhya Pradesh government setting up a ‘Ministry of Happiness’ to measure happiness quotient of its citizens.

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