The Delhi Government has launched “Happiness Curriculum” for its school students in presence of the Dalai Lama.
At the occasion, the Dalai Lama said that India can help mankind overcome “negative emotions” by uniting the modern and ancient knowledge.
Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the launch of curriculum for students of nursery up to class 8 “historical”.
Congratulating Delhi government for its initiative to include “Happiness Curriculum” in its schools, the Dalai Lama said, “Only India has the ability to combine modern education with ancient knowledge which is necessary for fulfilment of human emotions.”
He also said, “Such a combination will pave way for physical and mental well being, solving troubles caused due to negative and destructive emotions like anger, hatred and jealousy.”
“By reviving this ancient knowledge, India can become the modern Guru,” he said.
Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal termed the ‘Happiness curriculum’ launched today as the third stage of reforms in education sector initiated by his government after focusing on infrastructure development and motivation of teachers at the government schools.
“Education is our topmost priorities. The Centre and other state governments should give one year, focussing on education at a war footing,” he said.
The chief minister said that there was a need to “overhall” the present education system that has not been able to produce “good human being” and added that ‘Happiness Curriculum’ was a “solid step” towards this aim.
“The effect of this involving 10 lakh students and around 50,000 teachers can be imagined. It is our belief that the modern day problems like terrorism, corruption and pollution can be solved through schools and a human centric education,” Deputy Chief Minister and incharge of Education department of Delhi Government, Manish Sisodia said.