PAU course helps students to improve interpersonal skills

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 12:13 IST

In today’s world when most people fail to imbibe basic values, principles and, thus, fail to improve their overall personality, various universities and other institutes are keen on starting personality enhancement courses for students, many of them open for outsiders also.

One such course- interactive skills and personality development- at Punjab Agricultural University(PAU) that commenced in 2011 stands highly popular in the region.

With total of 25 seats open for outsiders, it is a one semester course that has about 14 modules- attitude tune up, goal setting, communication matters, power in your voice, effective listening, team work, time management, stress management and meditation, creative and critical thinking to name some.

The classes for these modules are held thrice a week. The focus of these courses is to provide practical knowledge through group discussions, declamations and assignments.

The course is helpful in imbibing values and morals among students, generally ignored by most of the institutes and public in general.

“The course is all about boosting confidence, handling stress, imbibing optimism, overcoming fears to streamline the life on personal as well as professional platforms,” shares Gulneet Chahal, master trainer and advanced life coach, who teaches the course at PAU.

Students from different departments of the university, including a few outsiders, have enrolled themselves for the course.

“I used to remain unenthusiastic and my confidence was low when I joined the course. I am seeing an improvement and the practical sessions have boosted my confidence,” said Amandeep Kaur, a student from the department of pathology.

Another PAU student Yamini Sharma said, “Earlier I used to stress a lot but values and education that we receive here have helped me to deal with difficult situations.”

Chahal said, “There has been a constant demand of personality development course these days. Not just universities or colleges but various government as well as private companies are also holding such training programmes for employees.”

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