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CJI proposes happiness classes in judicial academies

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said that the judicial academies and other schools across the country can also have happiness classes like Delhi government schools.

Speaking at the concluding ceremony of Delhi government's 15-day long 'happiness utsav' to mark the first year of the implementation of happiness curriculum in its schools, the CJI said, "As the chief justice of the country, I was thinking yesterday, if I have a happy lot of people in this country, my problem of litigation will be over. There will be no cases because everyone will be happy."

"I have seriously thought about it but I've not shared it yet with my colleagues. But perhaps we can have something like happiness classes in our judicial academies as well... At the end of the day if we are negative and we are not happy we won't be able to contribute for the country," Justice Gogoi said. He said that there is a serious problem of "unhappiness" among the younger generation.

"It makes the curriculum even more important altogether. The concept is brilliant. Catch them when they are young and teach them how to be happy," Gogoi said, adding the curriculum should be taught in the schools of other states as well. The "Happiness Curriculum" launched by the Delhi government focuses on holistic education by including meditation, value education and mental exercises in the conventional education curriculum. It has been introduced for the students of Nursery to Class 8 in government schools.

"It was a brilliant concept to have happiness classes. We can explore the same in our judicial academies as well. I am yet to consult my colleagues, but I am sure we can introduce it across judicial academies after hearing students from the audience share their learnings," he said. "This is very important considering India's ranking on the Happiness Index has dropped to 140, while last year it was at 133. Similar modules have been adopted in 12 other countries," he added.

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