Livelife Curriculum: Helping Students Live Life, King Size
Siddharth Sonthalia, executive director, Express Network Private Limited, inaugurated the Livelife Curriculum, a way of life experience that promises a happy, healthy and successful career for students at Bharath University here on Wednesday.
Speaking during the inauguration, Sonthalia said that Livelife was a tool developed with the students’ future in mind. “It is the concern over your future that made your parents send you to college. Your parents want you to do well in future, so do your teachers,” he said.
“All visionaries, philosophers and patriots dedicated their work for a better future. I come from a family that runs newspapers. My great grandfather Ramnath Goenka made the Indian Express newspaper a symbol of courage in this country because he is a patriot. For him, the future of India was more important than anything else,” he said.
“Keeping with that tradition, we’e brought this programme to you. Because the future belongs to us, the youth. Livelife was conceived and developed with a view to equipping the youth take upon the task of nation building efficiently,” he noted.
Besides acknowledging the role of teachers and parents, Sonthalia also added that the cutting-edge skill to excel can be acquired through Livelife. He launched a copy of the curriculum, which was received by the University’s Dean (Engineering) Prof J Hameed Hussain.
Speaking to City Express, Dr Kannan Gireesh, psychiatrist and the brain behind Livelife, said that students face a lot of problems in life. Problems like substance abuse, stress, procrastination, disinterest, disruptive behaviour and suicidal tendencies prevent them from achieving. “We neither teach nor advise the students. We provide them with a way of life to live. We create an environment for the students to experience life with which they will be able to choose what was right for them,” he explained.
“It is a well researched scientific curriculum based on neurobiological research, psychological patterns and concepts of experiential and transformative learning,” he said.
The effect of the programme was such that a particular student who was scoring 20 pc marks had improved to score 80 pc. So far, Dr Gireesh said that he had covered over 15,000 students in the country.
“University Chancellor J Sundeep Aanand has evinced an interest in covering all 6,000 students of the University under this programme. This will be done in a phased manner,” Kannan said.