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India stands at 122nd rank in the World Happiness Report

The algorithm of indexing the happiness of the countries combine economic, health and polling data, compiled by economists that are averaged over three years from 2014 to 2016

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New Delhi, March 21, 2017: The feeling of happiness is subjective in nature. It surges from too many experiences which one couldn’t even count, but one organization, Sustainable Development Growth Solution Network is compiling and publishing the report card of happiness of hundreds of countries for last five years, where this year, India stands at 122nd rank.

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India positioned 122nd, behind Pakistan and Nepal in the worldwide rundown of the most joyful nations, as indicated by a worldwide report published on Monday.

In this year’s report, India slips four ranks down to the previous report where it held 118th rank. The report was released on Monday at the United Nations at an event celebrating International Day of happiness.

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India was behind the majority of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations, apart from war-ravaged Afghanistan, that stood at 141, reported Hindustan Times.

Among the eight Saarc nations, Pakistan was at 80th position, Nepal stood at 99, Bhutan at 97, Bangladesh at 110 while Sri Lanka was at 120. However, Maldives did not figure in the World Happiness Report.

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Standing at rank 1st, Denmark found its place in the report as the happiest country in the world. While the least happy country according to the report is Central African Republic ranking at the last place of 155th.

The algorithm of indexing the happiness of the countries combine economic, health and polling data, compiled by economists that are averaged over three years from 2014 to 2016.
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The study of happiness may seem whimsical to many, but people dedicated in this field, researchers, and academicians are trying hard to shift the focus of world towards the emotional well-being of people. In the US in 2013, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report recommending that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness because it would lead to better policy that affects people’s lives.

According to the report, all the top ten rank holders-

  1. Norway

2. Denmark

3. Iceland

4. Switzerland

5. Finland

6. Netherlands

7. Canada

8. New Zealand

9. Australia

10. Sweden

are wealthy and developed nations, yet, when the research happened, the money factor came at the top of the priorities which lead to the state of happiness, the report said.

Truth be told, among the wealthier nations, the distinctions in happiness levels had a considerable measure to do with “differences in mental health, physical health and personal relationships: the biggest single source of misery is mental illness,” the report said.

“Income differences matter more in poorer countries, but even their mental illness is a major source of misery,” it added.

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Another major country, China, has made major economic strides in recent years. But its people are not happier than 25 years ago, it found.

The United States meanwhile slipped to the number 14 spot due to less social support and greater corruption; those very factors play into why Nordic countries fare better on this scale of smiles.

“What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” said Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, who wasn’t part of the global scientific study that came out with the rankings.

The rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy with four factors from global surveys. In those surveys, people give scores from 1 to 10 on how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, their sense of how corrupt their society is and how generous they are.

-prepared by Ashish Srivastava of NewsGram Twitter @PhulRetard

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India: Students From Small Towns Now Prefer Courses in Cybersecurity, Professional Gaming

In an era where global economies are being driven by technology, India is no different

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Courses are now increasingly being replaced by the likes of cybersecurity, professional gaming and different computer languages. PIxabay

Gone are the days when students in small towns planned to pursue traditional courses like calligraphy art or swimming during their annual summer breaks. These course are now increasingly being replaced by the likes of cybersecurity, professional gaming and different computer languages.

While some of them are learning these courses to quench curiosity, others have high ambitions and often look up to India-born CEOs of top companies like Google’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Adobe’s Shantanu Narayen as their role models.

“Why do I need to learn how to write calligraphy? Would I ever even use it? I am opting in for computer language courses that I could actually put to use if in case, I plan to develop the best game in the world tomorrow,” said Nityam Jain, a class 12th student from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh as he filled out a summer-course form to learn the basics of computer coding during his vacations.

According to Rajneet Jain, Director, Gyan Ganga Group of Institutions in Jabalpur, children these days are opting to spend more “productive” time in front of screens rather than out in the sun.

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Gone are the days when students in small towns planned to pursue traditional courses like calligraphy art or swimming . Pixabay

“Apart from our engineering students, high-school kids as well as MBA and pharmacy aspirants often choose to attend professional tech-oriented workshops that would teach them something new about computers, smartphones, apps or the Internet,” Jain said.

“In an era where global economies are being driven by technology, India is no different. Due to rapid proliferation of the Internet, young Indians, especially from smaller cities, are relying heavily on digital technologies to help them put their best foot forward,” Nikhil Arora, Vice President and Managing Director, GoDaddy India told IANS.

In May, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that a four-year degree is not necessary to excel at coding. Cook believes that, “if we can get coding in the early grades and have a progression of difficulty over the tenure of somebody’s high school years, by the time kids graduate they are already writing apps that could be put on the App Store”.

Every year, during its World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) event, tech-giant Apple hosts students from around the world to encourage the next generation of developers.

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This year, 14 Indian students made it to the event to showcase their advanced-tech marvels as apps, games and more. All of these young achievers started their tech-journeys at very early ages.

WWDC attendee Swapnanil Dhole — a college student from Ahmedabad, Gujarat — said he had begun coding from age 8 and today, he already has two apps on App Store called AeroNautical and Tap2WiFi.

Recognising the potential, several tech giants including Facebook and Microsoft are focusing on designing India-specific programmes across fields like agritech, edutech, gaming and software development verticals to help kids in small cities get access to metro-level infrastructure and learnings from experts who are willing to mentor and give back to the community.

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While some of them are learning these courses to quench curiosity, others have high ambitions and often look up to India-born CEOs of top companies. Pixabay

“Learning no longer depends on the place you belong to. Find good mentors who can teach you on how to walk on ethical path to fulfil your goal. I was lucky to find many good mentors in Jabalpur who helped to realise what I really want to do and what I’m really capable of,” said Nitesh Kumar Jangir who won the “2019 Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Award” in London this month.

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“If kids get interested in technologies like computer coding and cybersecurity at early ages, by the time they reach their late teens or early twenties, they would already have an understanding of advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain and Internet of Things,” IT professional Tirupati Bonangi told IANS. (IANS)