Life Skill Management

Life Skill Management

International Hindu University - School of Behavioural Sciences

International Hindu University

School of Behavioural Sciences

IHU- School of Behavioural Sciences will strive to develop into an international centre of excellence in studies in behavioural sciences and a centre of academic and professional excellence in the multi-disciplinary area of behavioural sciences and life skills and competencies keeping in mind the developmental needs and aspirations of adolescents and youth to empower them to maximise their abilities to be resilient and to work towards a sustainable and inclusive society embedded in the spiritual wisdom of Sanadhana Dharma.

Department of Life Skills and Competencies: (3 Credits) Fees: $299 (INR 10,000 for Indian Students)
Department of Life Skills and Competencies proposes to start outcome-based courses in life skills education enabling adolescents and youth to develop their skills in negotiation, resiliency, employability, citizenship development, personal empowerment and social empowerment.

Faculties of the School of Behavioural Sciences:

Head of the School of Behavioural Sciences:
Dr. A. Radhakrishnan Nair,
Former Registrar, Central University of Kerala; Former Faculty Head of Dept of Life Skills Education, RGNIYD; Visiting Professor, Assam Don Bosco University & Founding President of Indian Association of Life Skills Education, Thiruvananthapuram.

Faculty Members:

  1. Dr. Prema Sundararajan, Chair, Academic Council, IHU.
  2. Prof. Dr. Uma Joshi, (Formerly) Dean, Humanities, Social Science and Liberal Arts, Amity University, Jaipur; Director, Amity Institute of Behaviour and Allied Science (AIBAS), Amity University of Rajasthan
  3. Dr. Sunitha Ranjan, Former Faculty, Department of Life Skills Education, RGNIYD, Chennai & former President, Indian Association of Life Skills Education, Chennai.
  4. Dr. Gauri Hardikar M Sc, MA, M Ed, PhD, Former Associate Professor of Education, Mumbai & former Secretary, Indian Association of Life Skills Education, Mumbai.
  5. Dr. Sudha Sood, General Physician & Life Skills Master Trainer, New Delhi.
  6. Dr. Malini Kapoor, General Physician & Life Skills Master Trainer, New Delhi.
  7. Mr. Sudhir Kumar Kapoor, (Retd.) Sr. Lecturer in DIET Karkardooma, New Delhi, Currently working as Training Consultant and Curriculum Designer On Educational and Social Issues for adolescents, Youth and youth Professionals In various NGOs/Organizations.
  8. Dr. Yatindra Singh, Former Coordinator (Life Skills Project), Board of Secondary Education (Rajasthan) Ajmer.
Life Skills and Competencies Course

Why Courses in Life Skills and Competencies

  • Life skills are the “personal management and social skills which are necessary for adequate functioning of individuals on an independent basis” (IBE).
  • The World Health Organisation defines Life Skills as ‘the ability (capability) that can be imbibed and improved through practice, to translate the knowledge, attitude, and values in to positive behaviour, to deal efficiently with the needs and challenges of everyday life’.
  • Life Skills help in developing positive and flexible attitude in life.
  • Life skills support in building self-confidence and self- esteem and enable us to adapt to challenging situations and deal with people.
  • It aids in develop a dynamic self-image, to improve the communication skills, to make relationships better and handling interpersonal problems, to boost our decision-making ability and make informed decisions and to become a well-adjusted individual.
  • Life skills are imperative to handle the challenges of life at vital stages of human development. During the adolescent phase or student phase life skills are the support mechanism in academic pressure and competition, exploring identity, self-expectations, self- efficacy, peer pressure, family issues, high parental expectations, challenges brought about by puberty and adolescence, gender and sexuality, coping with stress, exams, failures or suicide ideations and media influence. During the adulthood – at work and or at home life skills helps to handle challenges in employability, work pressure and competition, balancing work and home, parenthood, stability and recognition at work and in society, coping with stress, relationship issues, health issues, financial issues, family issues and alcohol/drug abuse. During the elderly phase life skills helps in addressing health issues and physical infirmity, economic insecurity, isolation, neglect, abuse, coping with loneliness, boredom and low self-esteem.

Non-Degree Programmes of the School of Behavioural Sciences

Certificate Programme in Empowering Self for Effectiveness through Life Skills

Objectives of the Course:

  • To empower adolescents & youth enabling them to make informed choices in their personal and social life through building life skills
  • To provide them information, education, and services in a supportive environment where they can learn from experiences
  • To develop the competencies of them in negotiation, resiliency, employability, respect for diversity, values and citizenship
  • To enhance the abilities in cooperation, collaboration and participation

Course Structure:

  • The course has Five Modules with 45 hrs duration
  • 3 hrs in a week, 15 weeks
  • 3 sessions of 1 hr each in one week


  • Module- I Life Skills 3 hrs
  • Module- II Life Skills for Personal Empowerment 12 hrs
  • Module IV Cognitive Empowerment 8 hrs
  • Module V Life Skills in Practice 14 hrs

Assignments, Exercises, Presentations

Course Details:

  • Period : (15 weeks: 3 credits: 45 hours)
  • 31 hours of training + 14 hours of assignments, exercises and presentations
  • Language: English
  • Learning Method: Pre-recorded videos, live discussions, question and answers + exercise, assignments, storytelling, case studies, and presentations, etc.

Eligibility for admission:

  • Age 13+
  • Communication skills in English (written and Oral)
  • Open to learning new things