G.H.G Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar organized an InternationalConference on the much needed issue to be deliberated upon in the contemporary era “Gross National Happiness –A measure of Quality of Life on February, 20th, 2017. The conference was organized in collaboration with Global Education Research Association (GERA). Dr. Saamdu Chetri, Board Director, Secretary -cum -executive director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan was the International figure and the Keynote Speaker, for the conference. Dr. Chetri is the chief person behind the research and development of the concept of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan and world over. Dr. S.K Bawa, Dean and Prof. (School of Education) Central University, Bathinda and Dr. Veena Mann, Principal (Retd.) S.D.P College, Ludhiana were the other two luminaries of the occasion. Dr. K.S. Kahlon, an eminent educationist, Dr. Ravinder Kaur, Principal Sukhanand College of Education, Dr Umesh, Principal, LLRM College of Education, Dhudike, Dr. Gurvinder Kaur, Principal, Guru Gobind Singh College of Education, Malout, Dr. Monika, Principal, BCM College of Education, Ludhiana, Dr. Neetu Ohri, GuruNanak College of Education, Gopalpur, Dr. Geeta Sharma, Principal GGS Khalsa College of Education, Kamalpura, Dr. S.S. Thind, Secretary, Dr. H.S. Brar, Registrar, G.H.G. Khalsa Institutes, Gurusar Sadhar, Dr. S.S Deol, Principal, GHG Khalsa College of Education, Gurusar Sadhar were the noteworthy dignitaries to grace the event.
The conference started with the recitation of College Shabad and Lamp Lightening Ceremony, followed by floral and oral welcome of the guests by Dr. Sarbjit Kaur, Principal of the College.
In the Keynote Address, Dr Saamdu Chetri Board Director, Secretary -cum -executive director, Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan spoke at length about the inception of the term of Gross National Happiness(GNH) in Bhutan by HM King Jigme Singye. GNH is a better and more reliable indicator of a Nation’s well being than GDP or GNP which are based on material indicators. In 2011 UNO recognized the efforts of Bhutan and added GNH as an indicator of a Nations development and well being. UNO also declared March 20 as International Happiness Day. Through a series of videos and power point presentation, Dr Chetri, illustrated the concept of GNH which is defined as the balancing of material and spiritual well being for a holistic development of individual as well as a nation. GNH he explained was measurable and was based on 4 pillars, 9 domains and 33 indicators. GNH takes into account the rate of crime, suicides, socio economic divide, unemployment, rate of divorces, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse as main stumbling blocks in front of developing GNH.
Dr. S.K. Bawa, Dean and Prof. (School of Education) Central University, Bathinda deliberated upon Self Inspiration as a means to develop happiness. She expressed her concern about the falling standards of education. Further she discussed about the role of positive thoughts in becoming self inspired. She emphasized on focusing on positive outcomes and having an urge to realize ones hidden potentialities.
Dr. Veena Mann, Principal (Retd.) S.D.P College, Ludhiana spoke on the theme “Happiness a key to a Healthy Society” and signified the role of happiness of each member of the society for building a healthy society. She explained her concept by taking examples from Hindi literature. She added that doing ones duty with sincerity and not getting distressed about the results, was a measure which people can adopt to attain true happiness.
The burning issue under the sub themes 1) Gross National Happiness –A measure of Sustainable Well Being 2) Happiness –A way to Holistic Development 3) Health, Happiness and Wholeness 4) Happiness –Non economic aspect of well being was put forward for open discussion with the audience and a panel comprising of Dr. Saamdu Chetri, Dr. S.K. Bawa, Dr, Veena Mann, Dr. S.S. Thind, Dr.H.S Brar and Dr. Sarbjit Kaur. The esteemed speakers were honored with a token of remembrance, Dr. Saamdu Chetri also presented Dr. Sarbjit Kaur a token of reverence on the behalf of his countrymen.
Post lunch the paper presentations in poster form was carried on, nearly 140 delegates from 57 colleges presented posters on this much sought for abstraction in the world-Happiness.
The conference winded up with the valedictory address by Dr S.S. Thind, Secretary, G.H.G. Khalsa Institutes, he concluded the conference with a message for all the teacher educators and would-be teachers to strive for improving the state of happiness of the students as happiness could be taught and improved and its a journey and not a destination. The vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Manu Chadha.