1. QUAN LI - Research Scholar of Lincoln University College Malaysia.
2. Dr. MUHANTHA A/P PARAMALINGAM - Lecturer Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Lincoln University College, Malaysia.
3. Dr. SANDEEP SHRESTHA - Professor of Lincoln University College Malaysia.
Mayer & Salovey again in the year 1997 describes emotional intelligence as, "Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth". According to a report from the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, the most critical element for a student's success in school is an understanding of how to learn i.e. Emotional Intelligence (EI). Emotional intelligence is the ability to become aware of one’s own feelings as well as others feelings, it provides internal motivation, logical reasoning, empathy and helps in managing relationships. Now a day's problems like alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, depression, difficulty in socializing, increase rate of college dropout, lack of motivation, suicide cases, stress, violence so on and so forth are increasing at an alarming rate. These problems are negatively correlated with academic achievement of students. In the context of Aizawl city the college students population decreases from the moment they enter their second semester and it continues to decline in each semester and by the time the students finish their sixth semester examination, the population of the class is usually half the size of their first semester population based on anecdotal evidence. And many students simply attend classes just for the sake of experiencing college life without giving importance to their academic performance. Many students have communication problem, they have difficulty in expressing themselves in the classroom and they feel shy to admit what they do not know. They are timid even in asking questions and hardly give any feedback. All these problems may be cause by lack of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, low motivation, low self-esteem and in general low emotional intelligence. Whatever the cause may be for these problems faced in colleges, there is a major need for solving it. So, the researcher wishes to conduct a study to find out the relationship between emotional intelligence and academic achievement. And if they are indeed related the researcher wishes to conduct further research studies for solving the problems mentioned earlier using emotional intelligence.
Emotional Intelligence, EI, College Students.