The IIT Kharagpur will soon introduce an innovative new course that will involve researching the science behind happiness with an aim to develop “a happy eco-system”. The ‘Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness’ is the brainchild of IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Satinder Singh Rekhi and will start by offering a micro-credit course for students from this autumn semester.
“The upcoming centre is a unique initiative that would conduct research and teach practical ideas based on the science of happiness and positive psychology and help develop an eco-system of happy and successful KGPians,” said Rekhi. In addition to providing financial support to the centre, Rekhi would also be part of a programme management as its honorary chairman. “The new centre is going to be a landmark achievement and will help our students to embrace happiness and have better control over their emotions,” said IITKharagpur director P P Chakrabarti.
“The impact would go beyond the student community of the institute and trigger happiness and positivity in the society through these students,” he added. The courses will involve students researching and exploring happiness, positive psychology and related concepts in themselves and in others. Certificate courses will also be offered to outsiders.
The centre will organise its first international workshop on the science of happiness next month in Kolkata and Kharagpur in which corporate leaders, working professionals and renowned academicians from across the globe are expected to take part.