The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has approached IIT-Kharagpur to develop New Town-Rajarhat, a satellite township on the north-eastern fringes of Kolkata, as India’s happiest space.
The New Town-Rajarhat Township is spread over 7628 acers. Over 36000 people reside here and the place has 80,000 visiting population.
As part of a two-year project, IIT-Kharagpur will study the happiness index of the locality.
The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has asked Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness of IIT-KGP and IIT-KGPs Ranbir and Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management to help them up the happiness index of New Town-Rajarhat.
The World Happiness Report 2016 places India at 118th in the worlds happiest countries list, down from 117th in 2015. Another survey in 2016 found Chandigarh as the happiest of all the Indian cities, where Kolkata was ranked 10th.
The duration of the project will be of two years during which the institute will not only study the happiness index of New Town but would also ensure pilot implementation of the recommendations.
IIT-Kharagpur will also organize workshops with stake holders of New Town and train the master trainers, who in turn would impart the message of positive thinking and changing the mind-set of the residents.
In September 2016, IIT-Kharagpur became the first institute in the country to start a micro-credit course on “Science of Happiness” for its students.
In September 2016 IIT-Khragapur became the first institute of the country to start a micro-credit courses on Science of Happiness for its students.
Currently its Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness is teaching science of happiness, stress management, coping with loss and positive psychology to all its students.