Delhi govt. schools to have ‘happiness curriculum’ from nursery to Class VIII

Initiative for holistic education will be launched by Dalai Lama on July 2, says Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia

June 21, 2018 01:36 am | Updated 01:46 pm IST - New Delhi

 Deputy CM Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference at the Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday.

Starting July 2, lakhs of Delhi government school students from nursery to Class VIII will be taught a ‘happiness curriculum’, which would be launched by the Dalai Lama, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

The new initiative that focuses on holistic education was finalised at a review meeting held on Wednesday, Mr. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, said at a press conference.

The curriculum, which would cover around eight lakh students, would be introduced in all government schools by July end.

Focus on meditation

The curriculum focuses on meditation, moral teachings, and mental exercises, with the aim of turning students into good human beings, said Mr. Sisodia.

The announcement came a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal ended his dharna at Raj Niwas, seeking an end to the “strike” by officers.

When asked if the ‘happiness curriculum’ was among the projects he thought had been delayed due to the tussle, Mr. Sisodia said it was not and that he had been working on it since January.

On Tuesday, Mr. Sisodia said the Delhi government had sought and received the Centre’s permission to invite the Dalai Lama for the event.

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