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ISB to offer a course on ‘Happiness’ in association with Coursera

Course focuses on how prioritising happiness leads to success in work and life

June 8, 2015The Indian School of Business (ISB), with campuses at Mohali and Hyderabad, is all set to make its foray into the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) world with a course on “A Life of Happiness and Fulfilment.” The course which will be offered on Coursera — the world’s largest open online education provider is taught by award-winning Professor Raj Raghunathan, Visiting Professor of Marketing at the ISB and Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, Austin. The course content is based on emerging scientific research, particularly from an area called ‘positive psychology.’

The six week long self-paced course commences on June 15th, 2015, and will be accessible to anyone with Internet access for free.. Over 20,000 students from 70 countries have already registered and that number expected to double in the coming weeks.

Commenting on the initiative, Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, ISB, said, “ISB has always been a leader in delivering world class education through various formats. The course is a step forward in ISB’s mission to leverage technology and make its vast knowledge resources accessible to a larger audience globally.  The School pioneered the concepts of ‘Flipped Classroom’, the ‘Engaged Classroom’, and the Unified Class through telepresence. It is actively working on transforming the delivery of cutting edge management education.”

ISB became the first Indian partner-school for Coursera when the two signed a MoU earlier this year to offer courses in the online space.  With access to not just world-class resident faculty, but also international faculty with a vast knowledge-base, ISB is uniquely positioned to bring the latest management education to a world-wide audience.

Speaking about the launch of the first course in the series, Rick Levin, Coursera’s CEO, said, “As Coursera’s first partner in India, ISB is playing a leading role in bringing India’s educational expertise to the world. We believe that ISB’s first course will be quite popular, because similar courses related to the psychology of wellbeing are among the highest enrolled on our platform. Coming from a top business school, ISB’s happiness course will be particularly appealing to the working professionals, old and young, who flock to Coursera to learn new skills for improving their careers.”

Highlights of the Course on Happiness and Fulfilment
  • The most common “happiness sins” that even the smart-and-successful among us commit
  • Why happy employees are more productive than their less happy counterparts
  • What you can do, starting today, to enhance the quality of your life
More details on the course are available at