3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN VALUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

28 February to 2nd March 2014 at PTU Jalandhar

Summary :

The 3rd International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education (ICHVHE2014) was held 28 Feb – 2 Mar 2014 at PTU Jalandhar. The conference was quite fruitful with the active participation of the 100 senior educationists from SAARC nations, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and 13 states from India. The need of values in education was clearly shared. Participants from every one of the 6 countries shared their interest in taking the initiative in implementing universal human values in their country, in their university, college or institution. Participants got a feel for the core content and also the impact on those who have made effort for understanding – on students, teachers, educational institutions as well as society. The efforts at Royal University of Bhutan, IIIT Hyderabad, the 17 universities covered by Andhra Pradesh Commissionerate of Collegiate Education, KL University Guntur, UPTU and PTU were received enthusiastically. The media received the initiative quite warmly and covered the proceedings extensively.

Participation :

This three-day event had participation of 97 senior dignitaries from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries – 2 from Bangladesh, 9 from Bhutan, 75 from India, 3 from Nepal, 5 from Pakistan and 3 from Sri Lanka. Prof.  (Dr.) Faiz-ul-Hasan, VC, University of Education, Lahore; Prof. Muhammad Aslam, VC, University of Health Sciences, Lahore; and Dr.Nazir A. Mughal, VC,  University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan to address the audience.

Program Structure :

28 February 2014 (Day 1): Human Goal, Current State & Role of Education

9.30 – 10.00 am         Registration

10.00 – 12:00 noon   T1. Inauguration

Venue: Pushpa Gujral Science City

  • Welcome to the Conference – Dr. Buta Singh Sidhu, Dean Academics, PTU.
  • Background of ICHVHE – Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
  • Progress from Last Conference – Prof. P. J. Narayanan, Director IIIT, Hyderabad .
  • Urgent Need for Value Education & History of Efforts – Prof. R. R. Gaur, Honorary Prof., NRCVEE, IIT Delhi.
  • Vision AP 2030 – Prof. Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar, IIIT Hyderabad.
  • Address by Guest of Honour, Sh. Ajay Mishra, IAS, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh .

11:45 am – 12.15 pm        Tea

12.15 – 1.30 pm                 T2. Societal Vision and Value Education

  • Summary Background – Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
  • Purpose of this Conference – Prof. Rajneesh Arora, VC, PTU .
  • Orienting Education for GNH – Dasho Prof Pema Thinley, VC, Royal University of Bhutan [by Audio Conference] .
  • GNH Vision and Education for GNH at RUB – Dr. Andu Dukpa, Director JNP, Royal University of Bhutan.
  • Inaugural Address by Chief Guest, Sh. Madan Mohan Mittal, Hon’ble Minister Technical Education, Government of Punjab .
  • Vote of Thanks – Dr. Jagmeet Bawa, HoD, Department of Human Values, PTU .

1.30 – 2.30 pm (Venue: PTU)        Lunch

2.30 - 4.00 pm                T3. State of Society and Impact on Education Venue: PTU

Panel Discussion

Indicative Issues: Impact of society & media on students, Wrong role models, Peer pressure among students, Unrealistic expectations of parents, Single minded focus on jobs & money etc.

Moderator:Dr. Buta Singh Sidhu, Dean Academics, PTU.

Panellists:

  • Ms. Aruna Gupta, GZSGET, Bathinda, India.
  • Md. Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Bangladesh .
  • Prof. Nazir A. Mughal, VC, University of Sindh, Jamshuru, Pakistan .
  • Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake, VC, University of Peradenya, Sri Lanka .
  • Prof. Ashish Dongre, VC, RKDF University, Bhopal, India .
  • Dr. Om Prakash Upadhyaya, VC, Guru Ravidass Ayurved Vishwa Vidyalaya, Hoshiarpur, India.
  • Md. Aslam, VC, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

4.00 – 4.30 pm        Tea

4.30 – 6.00 pm                T4. Holistic Development & Role of Education Venue: PTU

Holistic Development & Role of Education – Prof. Ganesh Bagaria, ex-HBTI, Kanpur 6.00 pm onwardsEvening Tea followed by Dinner (Venue: PTU)

1 March 2014 (Day 2): Value Education – Principles, Content, Process & Experience Sharing

9.30 – 11.00 am                T5. Value Education - Guiding Principles

  • Sum up of Day 1 – Dr. Jagmeet Bawa, HoD, Department of Human Values, PTU.
  • Guidelines, Content & Process of Value Education and IIIT-H Experiences – Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director, IIT (BHU) Varanasi.
  • Vision for Society & Role of Education in Social Action – Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal.

11.00 – 11.30 am        Tea

11.30 – 1.00 pm               T6. Implementation of Value Education

  • PTU, Jalandhar, Punjab – Dr. Buta Singh Sidhu, Dean Academics PTU
  • UPTU, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh – Sh. Bhanu Pratap Singh, MPEC, Co-coordinator VE Cell, UPTU, Kanpur.
  • RUB, Thimphu, Bhutan – Mr. Chencho, CST & Mr. Umesh Jadhav, GCBS, Bhutan.
  • IASE, Sardarshahar, Rajasthan – Mr. Himashu Duggar, Chairman and Dr. Surendra Pathak, IASE Deemed University, Sardar Shahar .
  • AP-CCE – 17 Universities in AP, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh – Mr. B. Kanakachary .
  • KL Univirsity, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh – Mr. Kalyan Mohan Goli.
  • JNKVV, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh – Prof. R. K. Nema.
  • Galgotias University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh – Prof. Sharma.
  • Common Q&A.

1.00 – 2.00 pm        Lunch

2.00 – 4.00 pm               T7. Reorienting Higher Education – Panel Discussion

Indicative Issues: How do we implement value education keeping it universal? Should value education be logical, verifiable and address all aspects of living?

Moderator: Dr. Nachatar Singh, Principal, Bankers Training College, Jalandhar.

Panellists:

  • Sh. Umesh Jadhav, AP, GCBS, Bhutan.
  • Prof. I. V. Trivedi, VC, Mohan Lal Sukhadhia University, Udaipur .
  • Md. Basheeruddin Imran, Director, Institure of Human Excellence, Hyderabad .
  • Prof. Faiz-ul-Hasan, VC, University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan .
  • Mr. Henry Silva, Director, SILIATE, Sri Lanka .
  • Dr. B. Ramamoorthy, VC, Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai .
  • Dr. Ashok Kumar, VC, Amicable Knowledge Solution University, Satna .
  • Prof. V. K. Goswami, VC, Sangam University & Sunrise University, UP.

4.00 – 4.30 pm        Tea

4.30 – 6.00 pm               T8. Personal Experiences in Implementing Value Education

Experiences of Students, Teachers and people from society – Led by Dr. Jagmeet Bawa, Head of Department of Human Values, PTU, Jalandhar.

  • Mr. Jitender Narula, AR, Department of Human Values, PTU, Jalandhar.
  • Mr. Balmukund Meena, ex member of VE Cell, PTU.
  • Mr. Vinay Keher, M. Tech. Student, PIT, Jalandhar.
  • Mr. Mohit Jain, M. Tech Student, PIT, Jalandhar.
  • Ms. Rajneet Kaur, B. Tech Student, BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib.
  • Prof. Raminder Singh Uppal, BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib.
  • Prof. Harpreet Singh, PIMT, Patiala.
  • Mr. Harmanjeet Singh, Mahadiyan.

6:30 pm onwards         Evening Tea followed by Dinner

2 March 2014 (Day 3): Implementing Human Values in Higher Education

9.30 – 11.00 am               T9. Human Education for Universal Human Order

  • Sum up of Day 1 & 2 – Dr. Jagmeet Bawa, HoD, Department of Human Values, PTU.
  • Vision for Human Education – Prof. Ganesh Bagaria, ex-HBTI, Kanpur.
  • Understanding Trust – Prof. Raminder Singh Uppal & Family, BBSBEC, Fatehgarh Sahib.

11.00 – 11.30 am         Tea

11.30 – 1.00 pm               T10. Steps for Implementing Human Values in Higher Education

  • Foundation course to comprehensive EHV Package – Prof. Rishi Raj Gaur, NRCVEE, IIT Delhi.
  • Steps for Implementing Human Values in Higher Education – Shri Rajul Asthana, MSSS, Kanpur.
  • Common Q&A.

1.00 – 2.00 pm        Lunch

2.00 - 3.30 pm               T11. Future Plans for Implementing Human Values in Higher Education – Panel discussion (Specific Commitments)

Indicative Issues: Creating conducive environment in institutions, Strategies and mechanisms for scaling up, Policy for large scale proliferation, Living with human values, Providing thrust to research with application.

Moderator: Dr. Rajneesh Arora, VC, PTU.

Panellists:

  • Dr. Lhato Jamba, Director General, GCBS, Bhutan.
  • Prof. W. Hilary E. Silva, Director, SLIATE, Sri Lanka.
  • Prof. Mahendra Singh, Member UGC, Nepal .
  • Mr. Narzrul Islam Khan, Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Bangladesh.
  • Mr. Mohammed Ayub, Registrar, Govt. College University, Pakistan.
  • Prof. Faiz-ul-Hasan, VC, University of Education, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Dr. S. S. Gill, VC, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, India.
  • Prof. Shivani Patel, Director, Shree M & N Virani Science College, Rajkot, India.
  • Prof. Abida Tehrani, Dean, University of Sindh, Pakistan .

3.30 – 4.00 pm        Tea

4.00 – 5.30 pm               T12. Valedictory – Summary and Way forward

Conference Summary & Recommendations – Dr. Rajneesh Arora, VC, PTU

6:30 pm onwardsEvening Tea followed by Dinner

Recommendation :

1. It was unanimously and strongly felt that UHV education should be introduced as an essential part of the curriculum in the form a foundation course, particularly in the domain of higher technical education, at the national level. Extensive experiments which have been carried out so far have adequately established the viability and effectiveness of such a strategy. Necessary resource material, resource persons and teacher orientation programmes have also become available to enable its initiation in any university or institution of higher learning.

2. Even though different formats may be adapted for introducing such a foundational input, the content and process need to be compatible with the following guiding principles to achieve the desired goals:

a.Universal – for all human beings in all space in all time.

b.Logical – students should be able to rationally discuss various issues.

c.Verifiable – students should be able to verify on one’s own (on the basis of one’s own Natural Acceptance and Validation experientially in living).

d.Humanistic – conducive to the good of humanity.

e.All encompassing – touching all aspects of human life

3. The foundation course should be targeted to provide a holistic perception based on right understanding which is to be successively supplemented with appropriate extra-curricular activities and projects, higher elective courses, social internships etc. to consolidate right understanding and facilitate living in accordance with it.

4. Continuous efforts need to be made through the value education cell at the institutional level to create a conducive environment for ‘living the values’.

5. To provide requisite thrust to this activity, it is essential to promote R&D work for overall curricular modifications, development of resource material, teacher training etc. to finally evolve more appropriate models of education in the light of right understanding. Efforts should also be made to develop P.G. diploma/degree courses to provide a comprehensive understanding of this theme particularly for prospective teachers and researches.

6. For this, centers of excellence need to be created at various nodal institutions/universities where already sufficient work has been accomplished.

7. MHRD, UGC, AICTE and other monitoring and accreditation bodies should be approached to obtain policy as well as other umbrella support to proliferate this activity at a wider level and to duly recognize and reward the value competence of teachers and students along with their other academic skills.

8. The interest and commitment shown by the representatives from SAARC countries and the progress already made by Bhutan in this direction is really very encouraging. A coordination committee may be set up for close follow-up and initiation of new experiments in these neighbouring countries paving way towards building an International network.

9.Efforts should be made on priority, to introduce UHVE in teacher training programmes such as LT, B.Ed., M.Ed etc. to prepare ground for introducing UHVE in school education as well.

10 . Orienting politicians and future politicians was also suggested.

Achievement :

Bangladesh

Mr. Nazrul Islam Khan, Secretary ICT, Government of Bangladesh "we will very soon conduct a short awareness seminar by one of the resource persons from PTU for our VCs with a view to initiate this program in teacher training colleges in Bangladesh. We need to contextualize and translate the teaching material. Immediately we will send some academicians from UGC and few teachers to the forthcoming 8-day workshops"

Bhutan

Prof Andu Dukpa, Director, Jigme Namgyel Polytechnics "brought in a fresh perspective… Gross National Happiness should be the measure of success and not Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This should be a part of the secondary as well as higher education system."
Dr. Lhato Jamba, Director General, GCBS "we are already running this program as GNH Values in every college in Bhutan. Our recent study has validated and strengthened the positive correlation between GNH and UHVE. I invite you to our 19-26 April workshop and also to our 2015 international conference 27-29 March 2015".

Nepal

Prof. Mahendra Singh, member UGC Nepal "We will discuss and initiate the program soon as Sanskrit university and Lumbini university are already in agreement"
Prof. Hem Raj Pant, Registrar, Far Western University wrote by email on 5-Mar "we are willing to introduce course on human values… [since last year] we have done some primary work in this regard".

Pakistan

Prof. Muhammad Aslam, VC, University of Health Sciences, Lahore, "it is high time we bridge the gap between science and humanities. We will join hands with PTU and Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot (sign an MoU)"
      Prof. Faiz-ul-Hasan, VC, University of Education, Lahore "We want to introduce this foundation course in teacher training colleges. We must add a course on skills to teach Religion used to be a source for teaching human values which is history now. India first chose to pick up human values as subject for studies. It doesn't exist in Pakistan. It is an era of formal education where values have been forgotten. We will also add the subject in the curriculum soon".
      Prof. Nazir A. Mughal, VC & Prof. Abida Tehrani, Dean, University of Sindh "We have subjects like behavioural sciences and science of attitudes which should be promoted and made compulsory. Human values are a core subject which should be taught. We will also plan linkages and exchange programmes with Indian universities. We will train some teachers in universal human values first"
      Mr. Mohammed Ayub, Registrar, Govt. College University "sophistication of education is adversely affecting learning of human values. We will discuss how we can introduce the foundation program. I think it should be a 2 credit course" AJIT Web Television interview with educationists from Pakistan at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D5tNswXHWQ

Sri Lanka

Prof. W. Hilary E. Silva, Director, SLIATE "It is a Yes. We are will discuss with the relevant authorities and decide how to take this forward"

India

Sh. Ajay Mishra, Principal Secretary, Higher Education GoAP "The program is going better than expected – we are finding the demand more than expected. We will focus on adding this in engineering colleges and teacher training colleges in AP now".
Dr. Rajneesh Arora, VC, PTU "we will develop resource persons (who will be able to conduct the 8-day workshop) and make them available to our neighboring states. PTU shall come up with 10 centers of excellence in human values in its affiliated colleges besides a National Resource Centre for Universal Human Values in Higher Education with the help of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The cause of human values in higher education can be furthered with the help of organizations like NSS. Fellowships shall be initiated for faculty of our affiliated colleges to work further on universal human values. From April, we will select 5 faculty members and enable them to spend 80% of their work time in furthering human values in their colleges, community, Punjab and beyond. The no. of interns at Department of Human Values shall be increased to 20 per year. Diploma courses and projects shall also be offered. The Department shall develop PhD program in the discipline and collaboration shall be done with other universities like IIT (BHU); National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE), IIT Delhi and IASE, Sardarshahar. We will also introduce human values education in Punjab schools by training the teachers".
Dr. Shivani Patel, Director, Shree M. & N. Virani Science College, Rajkot "We want to start this immediately with teacher training".
Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal-ji "It is all the more important for educated people to have human values. It is not expected of the uneducated lot – they may or may not have this virtue, it will not affect the society as much. However, if educated people do not possess [human values], it can be very damaging. We plan to enable PTU to conduct workshops on human values in our campus and provide 40-days social internship for over 100 students per year"

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