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UGC develops life skills programme, social media etiquettes, yoga part of the curriculum

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The University Grants Commission has recently launched a life skills programme, ‘Jeevan Kaushal’ for under-graduate courses wherein etiquettes of social media, yoga, pranayam are a part of the syllabus.

In an attempt to develop the communication skills of the students, the new programme was launched, which also aims at inculcating emotional and intellectual competencies in students.

“Today when we talk about writing skills and communication skills, we cannot ignore writing on social media. The social media websites are a good medium to connect but students must know the advantages and disadvantages. There have to be some ethics and etiquettes of social media and the curriculum will teach them the same. There is also a module on how to use Google search better,” a senior UGC official said.

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As per the professional world is concerned, writing a good resume is also a life skill which every student must learn. As the students are unable to differentiate between a curriculum vitae (CV), resume and a bio-data, this life skill will be of much importance before entering the worklife.

“What will learners gain if they practice love and compassion? What will they lose if they don’t? What are the listening skills one must practice as a team member and how different they should be as a team leader? All these skills the students should be trained in,” the official said.

Divided in three modules, the curriculum has integral human being, yoga and pranayama and gratitude as part of the curriculum. Integral human being embraces the obligation to self, parents and society besides a module on living with others with their acceptance, the module on gratitude is about duty versus rights. Similarly, yoga talks about the pranayam and yoga are interrelated.

Further talking about the developed curriculum, the official said, “The curriculum has been developed by an expert committee with an aim to support our graduates to unlock and discover their true potential and making them social responsive citizens.”

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