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6                                                                Life Skills (Jeevan Kaushal) 2019



                                                      Preamble



                       As per the Quality Mandate of University Grant Commission (UGC), UGC needs to
                       take initiatives for providing Life Skills (including soft skills) to students enrolled in
                       Institutions of Higher Education especially at under-graduate level.  Life skills, though
                       less tangible traits, play an important role in increasing the employability as well as self
                       esteem of the students.  These may include communication skills, interpersonal skills,
                       time management, team work, flexibility, problem solving, professional skills, decision
                       making skills, leadership abilities and universal values among others.

                       Life  skills  are  defined  as  the  behaviors  used  appropriately  and  responsibly  in  the
                       management of personal and professional affairs. They are also set of human skills
                       acquired via learning or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions
                       commonly encountered in day to-day personal and  professional  life. It is always said
                       that life skills are the core skills each individual must acquire and inculcate internally as
                       well as externally for the betterment of self and others.

                       Life skills, thus, are the means to empower young minds in demanding situations in
                       personal, professional and social life. Adoption of life skills is the key to excellence.

                       Life  skills  programme  aims  at  inculcating  in  the  students  both  personal  and
                       professional skills in the areas of understanding of self and others, interpersonal skills,
                       high performance teams, leadership potential, communication & presentation skills,
                       techniques of problem solving, decision making, fostering creativity and innovation
                       for personal and professional excellence, stress management, time management and
                       conflict  management  and  inculcation  of  human  values.  The  course  requires  active
                       participation of the students and the faculty as Facilitator, Mentor and Trainer. For this
                       purpose, various activities have been incorporated into the courses - oral presentations,
                       impromptu speaking, quiz, debates, case studies, creative thinking, team building exercises,
                       field visits, projects, psychometric analysis etc. It is believed that for a professional to
                       succeed in today’s complex environment, one should demonstrate mastery in all the
                       relevant areas mentioned in the course structure of Life Skills Module.
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