To increase a sense of well-being among students and teachers a private medical college in Lucknow has opened a department of happiness. The Era Medical College is the first higher education institution in the state which is having a department of happiness. This project was launched last week. These happiness classes will help support stress management in the medical profession and allow doctors and paramedics “to attend to patients with a smile”.
Currently, the month-long happiness classes are being attended by students from the medical, nursing and pharmacy departments. These will later be comprehensive to other departments of Era University, which manages the medical college.
Happiness classes will be organized three days a week
These classes are held three days a week and have connected experts from various medical disciplines under one roof with spiritual leaders and motivational speakers.
The science behind happiness, general well-being, positive and negative approaches, frustration and tolerance, sympathy, body language and communication are among the wide variety of topics being illustrated by and real-time experimenting, videos, storytelling, and experience-sharing.
Aim of happiness classes is to strike off negativity
“At the moment, it is just a pilot programme. Grades will depend on how a scientific questionnaire, prepared to assess factors associated with happiness, is answered. A psychologist will rate students after a month and issue certificates.” the Vice-Chancellor Abbas Ali Mahdi said.
We plan to start a certificate and diploma course in the near future, besides extending the classes to students beyond the medical college.” Vice-Chancellor further added.
Professor Meeta Ghosh, the head of the happiness department, said: “Our aim is to strike off negativity, stress, sorrows and sufferings at the institution so that these future doctors and paramedics can pass on their positivity to patients.”