Deputy Cheif Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday that starting July 2, lakhs of Delhi government school students from nursery to Class VIII will be taught a happiness curriculum, which will be launched by the Dalai Lama.
Mr. Sisodia, who is also the Education Minister, said the curriculum was finalized at a review meeting held on Wednesday. He also said that the Dalai Lama would launch the new initiative that focuses on holistic education. The new curriculum will be rolled out to cover all government schools by the end of July& around 8 lakh students will be covered under the programme.
Mr. Sisodia said the curriculum focuses on meditation, moral teachings, & mental exercises, with the aim of turning students into good human beings.
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 had said that the Delhi government had sought and received the Centre’s permission to invite the Dalai Lama to the event.