Rekhi Center of Excellence for the Science of Happiness

The 'Rekhi Center of Excellence for the Science of Happiness' was started in September 2016 at one of India's premier engineering institutes - IIT Kharagpur. It is the brainchild of IIT Kharagpur alumnus Satinder Singh Rekhi. In addition to providing financial support to the centre, he is also a part of programme management as its honorary chairman. He aims this Happiness and Positive Psychology to expand from KGPians to the people they meet in their professional life thus growing exponentially in its reach touching and improving lives of people at large.

The vision of the Center is to promote the science and practice of positivity for fostering meaningful life, happiness, wellbeing and holistic self-development. The centre is currently offering a course for Science of Happiness and Well-being for PhD, PG and UG students.

Workshop on Science of Happiness

Rekhi Center of Excellence for Science of Happiness organized its 1st International Workshop on the Science of Happiness from 23rd to 25th September 2016. The workshop began with a Corporate Leadership Program at Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata entitled 'Happy Leaders and Happy Organizations', on September 23, 2016. The programme had participation from corporate leaders, working professionals and renowned academicians from across the globe. It was chaired by Prof. P P Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur. The second phase of the event was held at the IIT Kharagpur campus for two more days as the Center workshop on 'The Science of Happiness: Relevance in the Indian Context'.

Collaboration with The New Town Kolkata Development Authority

In March 2017, The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) collaborated with Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness to help them up the happiness index of New Town-Rajarhat. And to mark the beginning of this initiative,a one-day national workshop on ‘Happiness and well-being at New Town, developing a road-map’’ was organised by NKD and HIDCO in association with IIT Kharagpur.

Collaboration with The Madhya Pradesh Government

In May 2017, the Madhya Pradesh Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the people of the state with IIT Kharagpur's Rekhi Center of Excellence for the Science of Happiness. The MoU was signed with MP government's 'Rajya Anandam Sansthan' (Department of Happiness) in presence of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and IIT-KGP director Prof P P Chakrabarti at Bhopal.


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