Madhya Pradesh government plans to introduce ‘Happiness’ subject into school curriculum
The Madhya Pradesh government plans to introduce “happiness” as a subject in the curriculum for its junior high and high school classes from the next academic session, an official said on Friday.
A draft of the books on the subject for grades 9-12 is almost ready, Rajya Anand Sansthan (state happiness department) CEO Akhilesh Argal told PTI. In 2016, Madhya Pradesh became the first state in the country to set up a happiness department. “In November (last year), we gave a presentation on the subject to some 80 teachers or trainers here.
The following month, we interacted with 80 students in grades 9-12 for five days and discussed the draft of the happiness book. Their response to the subject has been very encouraging,” he said. Argal said the education department of the MP school, the Indian Council of Technical Education and other organizations are helping them with the project.
“After the books are finalized, they will be sent to the State Board of Education, Research and Training (SCERT) for clearance,” he said. The subject will be compulsory for students in all streams from grades 9 to 12, he said, adding that MP may be the first state in the country where this subject is introduced in schools.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with Chief Ministers of BJP-led states in Varanasi in December last year, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave a presentation on the works initiated by the Rajya Anand Sansthan and the state plan to introduce happiness as a subject. in the school curriculum, Argal said.
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