IIT Kharagpur to measure happiness index in Madhya Pradesh

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IIT Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Madhya Pradesh for measuring the well-being of the people of the state.

The MoU was signed between MP government’s ‘Rajya Anandam Sansthan’ (Department of Happiness) and IIT-KGP’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness. According to an official communiqué from IIT-KGP, the MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Director of IIT-KGP Prof P P Chakrabarti.

IIT-KGP will analyse the data collected by the State government to develop the index and assess the level of happiness in the State. The institute will also chalk out recommendations to enhance happiness, the statement added.

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The institute, through an online screening and assessment system, will identify suitable volunteers from the database of more than 30,000 people who have offered to be part of the collaborative exercise.

“Very good experience with the state and its leadership team, especially the volunteers who do this work without any payment in addition to their normal duties. Looking forward to some very interesting collaboration,” the release quoting Prof Chakrabarti said.

Satinder Rekhi, the patron of Rekhi Centre of Happiness at IIT Kharagpur, was also present at the MoU sign.

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