IIM Jammu Inaugurates Art of Living YES+ and Happiness Course under Anandam: The Center for Happiness


Jammu : Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jamu inaugurated the Art of Living YES+ (Youth Empowerment and Skills Workshop) and Happiness Course under Anandam: The Center for Happiness at the state-of-the-art Jagti Campus on 6th July 2024. This event marks the beginning of a transformative journey for our faculty, officers, staff, their families, and students. These courses aim to enhance the well-being and overall happiness of all the stakeholders of IIM Jammu. The event was presided by Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu.

Dr. Mamta Tripathi, Chairperson, Anandam, Center of Happiness, IIM Jammu, Cmdr. Kesavan Baskkaran (R), Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), IIM Jammu along with faculty, officers, staff and students also graced the event with their presence, underscoring the institute’s commitment to fostering a supportive and positive environment. The event commenced with an introduction about Art of Living, the Guests by Shri Parinay Kothari, MBA 08, followed by the felicitation of the Guests, Shri Rohan Rajore and Shri Rohit Ranjan, Senior Faculty, Art of Living.

In his inaugural address, Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director of IIM Jammu, highlighted the importance of Yoga for both body and mind. He shared personal anecdotes from the COVID-19 pandemic and his experience with the Art of Living course, expressing gratitude to Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and emphasizing the significance of the “Art of Living” concept.  He also spoke about the journey of establishing Anandam: The Center for Happiness at IIM Jammu, aimed at promoting holistic well-being among the IIM Jammu fraternity.

He stressed the need for time management, concentration, and breath techniques, which can significantly improve breath control. He noted that self-motivation is one of the toughest tasks and reiterated the importance of meditation. Emphasizing the joy of giving and the importance of selfless service, he stressed that understanding one’s life’s purpose helps resolve complex issues and that a calm mind is crucial for a healthy body. He encouraged everyone to make the most of this course to lead a stress-free and healthy life. Furthermore, he expressed his wish to have such sessions early in the morning and urged everyone to effectively utilize this course and learn from the experts, paving the way for a healthy body and mind.

Shri Rohan Rajore, Senior Faculty at Art of Living, expressed his happiness and complimented the beautiful scenic view of the IIM Jammu campus. He gave an overview of his life journey and commended Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu for initiating Anandam: The Center for Happiness at IIM Jammu and the short-term course for the benefit of faculty, officers, staff, and students. He shared that practicing breath exercises has immensely helped him in decision-making and learning new courses, and that this course was instrumental in his journey.

Shri Rohit Ranjan, Senior Faculty, Art of Living, spoke about his role as a full-time life coach and trainer. He also gave an overview into his interesting journey of life. He highlighted the need for relaxation and a positive lifestyle change in today’s busy world. He guided the attendees through a short breathing exercise and meditation session, emphasizing that meditation aids in productivity and stress management. He also complimented Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu for completing the campus in record time, attributing this achievement to the Director’s vision.

The event concluded with a vote of thanks by Aditi Narang, MBA 08 student, followed by the national anthem. Post the inaugural ceremony, the commencement of the Art of Living YES+ and Happiness Course was led by Senior Art of Living Faculty, Mr. Rohit Ranjan and Mr. Rohan Rajore. Embarking on a path to true happiness and well-being, IIM Jammu continues to lead the way in holistic education.