4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN VALUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Educating for a GNH Society - Universal Human Values

27th to 29th March 2015 at Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Gedu (Bhutan),

Royal University of Bhutan

Summary :

This conference was a 3-day, residential gathering of 120 distinguished individuals from 10 countries working in various fields - academia, government, civil society, foundations, and many others. The participants included 33 Government Policy Makers, Chancellors, current Vice Chancellors, former Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice Chancellors, and over 85 Institute Directors, Champions and leaders of human values education, heads of government and non-government agencies, leaders in the justice system, professors, research scholars, thought leaders, students and many others. The purpose of the conference was to deliberate to arrive at conclusions and develop commitment for incorporating Human Values in Education.
     * Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Norway

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck blessed the event and said that it was "significant" as the event coincides with Bhutan and the Bhutanese people’s quiet and calm observance of the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the 4th King, the person who pronounced that Bhutan’s national development goals must be underpinned by the sustainable wellbeing and happiness of its people. Her majesty endorsed RUB’s initiative to promote human values. She said that we must “Do everything we can to propagate universal human values education” in higher education and that the motivation should be for the "Greater Common Good". All the people who’ve participated in the event are extremely fortunate indeed. The acting Prime Minister, the Home Minister, the district head priest, the Executive Director of the GNH Centre, the judge of the district of Chukha and other senior functionaries of the Government of Bhutan attended the ceremony.

The purpose of the conference was:
1. To provide further impetus to the experiments being conducted on Universal Human Values in Bhutan by reaching out to the educators and policy makers.
2. To articulate the vision for Humane Society.
3. To sensitize educators and policy makers, particularly from SAARC nations, about the need, guidelines, process (methodology) and content of Universal Human Values, so that it leads to clarity and commitment for imparting Universal Human Valves in education.

The conference was organised jointly by 4 universities:
1. Royal University of Bhutan - both VC & Ex VC were present for all 3 days along with college directors.
2. Punjab Technical University - Dean Academics, Dr. AP Singh along with Dr. HS Bedi and Dr. MS Grewal in a team of 5 people was present. Dr. AP Singh read the messages from Hon. Minister of Technical Education and VC PTU at the inauguration. Ex VC, Dr. Rajneesh Arora was present.
3. IIIT, Hyderabad - Dr. Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar was present. Director had sent a recorded video message.
4. IIT (BHU) Varanasi - Director Prof. Rajeev Sangal was present with a team of 3 faculty members

The discussion was around education required for preparing people to develop a humane society, a society composed of families living in harmony and having a common goal: resolution (happiness) in every human being, prosperity in every family, fearlessness (trust) in society, and co-existence in nature/existence. It was unanimously and strongly felt that universal human values 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. At the end of the conference, the Heads of Institutions expressed their commitments to introduce and emphasize this course in their institutions, and work to promote a humane society.

Day 1: Societal Development, Current State & Role of Education.
Day 2: Human Society and Human Education - Experiences of Implementing Universal Human Values.
Day 3: Implementing Human Values in Higher Education.

Dasho Nidup Dorji, VC, Royal University of Bhutan opened the conference with a talk on "Urgent Need for Value Education".
     Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director IIT (BHU), Varanasi & Ex. Director, IIIT, Hyderabad shared the purpose of this conference. He shared the experience of including universal human values as an essential part of the academic curriculum at IIIT, Hyderabad.

Prof. Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar, IIIT, Hyderabad shared his personal journey and spoke about how the Government of Andhra Pradesh took the initiative of incorporating universal human values in 17 universities in Andhra Pradesh (now AP & Telangana).

Dr. A. P. Singh, Dean Research & Industrial Linkages, Punjab Technical University shared the overall progress in implementing universal human values in higher education between ICHVHE2014 and ICHVHE2015, i.e. in the last one year. He first read the messages of the Sh. Madan Mohan Mittal, Minister of Technical Education, Government of Punjab, as well as that of Sh. Rakesh Verma, IAS, Secretary Technical Education, Government of Punjab. He shared that as a direct result of ICHVHE2014 at PTU, two universities in Pakistan and the Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot have made significant effort on universal human values in their academic environment.

     Sh. Ganesh Bagaria, Manaviya Shiksha Sanskar Sansthan, said "equanimity is the realisation of the co-existence in existence. It is in the form of continuity of the feeling of love, the feeling of co-existence. Equanimity expresses itself naturally in the form of equality, compassion in behaviour with human being. Equality from family to world family leads to undivided human family. Equanimity expresses itself naturally in the form of sovereignty, living in harmony with entire Nature. Sovereignty from family order to world family order leads to universal human order, a family and village based order in which the human goal of happiness, prosperity, fearlessness (trust) and co-existence is fulfilled, generation after generation. For this we need to make effort to establish humane education. This is the context in which we are gathered here".

     A book of experiences in implementing universal human values at the Royal University of Bhutan entitled "Refocusing Education for GNH: Embracing Heaven on Earth" was released by Her Majesty. Dasho Pema Thinley, the ex Vice Chancellor of the Royal University of Bhutan shared that universal human values or GNH values can help in realizing GNH. This book is a compilation of the experiences of students, teachers and staff in the effort on GNH values at RUB.

There were talks by resource persons, sharing of experiences and lively panel discussions over 3 days so as to:
1. Provide further impetus to the experiments being conducted on Universal Human Values in Bhutan by reaching out to the educators and policy makers.
2. Articulate the vision for a humane society.
3. Sensitise educators and policy makers from SAARC nations about the need, guidelines, process (methodology) and content of Universal Human Values, so that it leads to clarity and commitment for imparting Universal Human Values in education.

There were talks by resource persons, sharing of experiences and lively panel discussions over 3 days so as to:
1. Provide further impetus to the experiments being conducted on Universal Human Values in Bhutan by reaching out to the educators and policy makers.
2. Articulate the vision for a humane society.
3. Sensitise educators and policy makers from SAARC nations about the need, guidelines, process (methodology) and content of Universal Human Values, so that it leads to clarity and commitment for imparting Universal Human Values in education.

In the closing session, Dr. Dorji Thinlay, Director Research, Royal University of Bhutan shared his observations, summary and recommendations of the conference. He observed that the motivation/inspiration/wisdom behind this work is sustainable wellbeing and happiness of all by building a humane society. i.e. a society composed of families living in harmony and having a common goal: resolution, prosperity, fearlessness (trust), and co-existence. The methodology is holistic/comprehensive, grounded, bottom-up, empowering, process-oriented and impact-led. The process is self exploration/ self-investigation for developing "right understanding" in the self, and not about preaching. Of the 7 models of change: (i) the commercial model; (ii) the amusement model; (iii) the passive-course model; (iv) the scholar-practice disconnect model; (v) the researcher-practice disconnect model; (vi) the silent-but-powerful model; (vii) and the holistic/comprehensive/sustainable model and at minimum costs, he said that the last one seems the most ideal one.

Dasho Nidup Dorji reiterated the commitments made by RUB in his closing remarks. The biggest challenge for us, he said, would be to walk the talk; of how we can first set an example ourselves - we require to be role models ourselves before we can ask our students to adopt such a lifestyle. This is definitely going to require a strong resolve. He went on to outline the commitments of his university:
1. Carry on the good work started by my predecessor, Dasho Pema Thinley.
2. Strengthen the GNH/ UHV programs that have already started (offer UHV as a credited course).
3. Develop and introduce a PG program in UHV at ILCS under the guidance of Lopen Lungtaen Gyatso, Director ILCS.
4. Organise a UHV Cell at RUB. It will assist not only RUB, but also our sister university, KGUMSB and outside Bhutan.
5. With the capacity developed for conducting the level 1 workshop, conduct workshops within Bhutan and offer them to others outside Bhutan.
6. Implement the recommendations read out by Dr. Dorji Thinley.
7. Conduct research on UHV and share its findings and implications in future conferences

      He said it had been a great pleasure to host this conference in collaboration with IIIT, Hyderabad, IIT (BHU), Varanasi and PTU, Jalandhar. He bid farewell to the participants with thanks for their friendship and cooperation.

      The vote of thanks was graciously and candidly given by Mr. Lhato Jamba, Director General, GCBS. He said that they are working with commitment for undivided world family with the priority on right understanding and relationship over physical facility (or money). And it can be done.

       The participants appreciated the efforts, particularly by the volunteers, by a standing ovation.

Participation :

The participants include 23 Chancellors, current Vice Chancellors, former Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice Chancellors, and over 85 Institute Directors, Champions and leaders of human values education, heads of government and non-government agencies, leaders in the justice system, professors, research scholars, thought leaders, students and many others.

It was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.

Program Structure :

27 March 2015 (Day 1): Societal Development, Current State & Role of Education

9.00 - 10.00 am   Registration

10.00 - 10.30 am   Marchang (Welcome Ceremony)

10.30 am - 12.30 pm   T1. Inauguration

Chief Guest: Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

  • Welcome to the conference and Urgent Need for Value Education - Dasho Nidup Dorji, Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan 15 min.
  • Background of ICHVHE & Purpose of this conference - Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
  • Efforts at IIIT Hyderabad - Prof. Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar, IIIT, Hyderabad .
  • History & Progress from Last Conference - Dr. A. P. Singh, Dean RIC, Punjab Technical University.
  • Introduction to Universal Human Values - Shri Ganesh Bagaria, Manaviya Shiksha Sansthan1.
  • Release of Book - Refocusing Education for GNH.
  • Inaugural address by Chief Guest - Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
  • Vote of Thanks - Mr. Lhato Jamba, Director General, GCBS

12.30 - 1.30 pm Consecration of Stupa (Chorten) by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck

Lunch (Please meet in your Special Interest Groups*)

* Special Interest Groups (SIGs):
1. Government Education Policy Makers
2. UGC
3. Universities
4. Teachers
5. Societal Organisations
6. Others
Bhutan Core Group please participate in each SIG

Guidelines for Sharing:
We warmly acknowledge the "historical" efforts in value education which have made a difference, and allowed all of us to reach where we are today. Multiple approaches, in this case, are complementary and allow us to reach a larger number of students and hence must be discussed.The three basic criteria for sharing any particular effort are:
1.The effort should satisfy the 4-point guidelines (universal, rational, verifiable and leading to harmony).
2.The effort should have been tried in education concretely and not just be based on theoretical arguments alone.
3.The effort should be proliferating, from one institution to another, in a natural manner.
In a short conference like this one, we can focus on approaches that have been “experimented on a large scale”.

27 March 2015 (Day 1): Societal Development, Current State & Role of Education (Cont).

1.30 - 3.00 pm T2. Talks: GNH Development Model & Education for GNH

Session Chair: Dr. Samdru Chettri, Executive Director, Centre for GNH Studies.

Topic Areas:

  • What is the GNH model of development of society.
  • What is meant by the terms: Gross, National & Happiness.
  • How GNH includes GDP; and in more than GDP.
  • How is GNH measured.
  • What is the state of GNH year after year.
  • How has education in Bhutan prepared students for contributing to a GNH society.

Speakers (60 min):
1. Dasho Pema Thinley, Ex-VC, RUB.
2. Mr. Tshewang Tandin, Director General, Department of Adult & Higher Education.
3. Aum Nancy Stricland, Canadian Development Agency.
4. Ex. Lyonpo TS Powdel, Ex. Minister Education.

GNH-UHV Model (30 min)
Mr. Tshering, CST, Bhutan & Sh. Umesh Jadhav, GCBS, Bhutan

3.00 - 3.30 pm         Tea

3.30 - 4.30 pm        T3. Panel Discussion: Society & Education - Prevalent Models & Consequences

Indicative Issues:

  • Prevalent models of society.
  • Preparation of people by way of education .
    • Attitude & mindset of student (individualistic, family oriented, societal, national, global etc).
    • Attitude & mindset of student (individualistic, family oriented, societal, national, global etc).
    • Attitude & mindset of student (individualistic, family oriented, societal, national, global etc).
  • Consequences of choice of societal model and the model of education.
    • Are educated people happy? Is there justice in their families? Are their families prosperous?
    • How these educated people contribute to development of society.

Moderator: Lopen Lungtaen Gyatso, Director, Institute of Language & Culture Studies

Panel lists:

1. Mr. Chewang Rinzin, Programme Coordinator, Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies, Phuntsholing, Bhutan .
3. Prof. G Bhagyanarayana, Vice Chancellor, Palamuru University, Mahabubnagar, India.
4. Prof. M. Lutfar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh.
5. Prof. Ranjith Premalal De Sliva, Vice Chancellor, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka.
6. Sadhu Tyagpriyadas, Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot, India.
7. Dr. Kavita Sharma, President, South Asian University, New Delhi, India.
8. Ms. Naina Kala Gurung, Royal Academy, Paro, Bhutan Common Q&A.

27 March 2015 (Day 1): Societal Development, Current State & Role of Education (Cont)

4.30 - 5.00 pm         Tea

5.00 - 6.00 pm         T4. Talk: Human Society & Role of Education - Sh. Ganesh Bagaria, MSSS, Kanpur.

6.30 - 8.00 pm         Tea & Cultural Program - Celebrating Co-existence

8.00 - 9.30 pm          Dinner

8.30 - 9.30 pm         Meeting of Special Interest Groups

---End of Day 1---

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Purpose:
To deliberate on specific topics so as to arrive at clarity about these topics, to arrive at conclusions and to develop commitment for action.

Format:
1. Moderator opening remarks (10 mins).
2. Each panelist opening remarks (5 mins each).
3. Questions from the house & response by panelists / moderator (remaining time).
4. Moderator sum-up and closing remarks (10 mins).
5. PPT/audio-visuals may be difficult for short presentations, so we request panelists for sharing their key points without PPT/audio-visuals.
6. To accommodate sufficient number of panelists, we request panelists to be precise and to-the-point

Request to Moderator:
1. Please share your ideas about the indicative issues, particularly in the light of universal human values.
2. Please introduce each panelist as you invite them to share key points succinctly, in the time allocated.
3. Please guide the discussion to the point.
4. Please encourage adequate participation of the house.
5. Please manage time, particularly ensuring fair share of time for all.
6. Please summarise the discussion and highlight the conclusions to sum up the panel discussion

28 March 2015 (Day 2): Human Society and Human Education Experiences of Implementing Universal Human Values

9.30 - 9.40 am            Sum up of Day 1 - Sangay Rinzin, Dean Research, GCBS

9.40 - 11.00 am    T5. Talks: Implementing Universal Human Values at Indian Universities - 1 (PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF IMPLEMENTING UHV)

Session Chair: Sh. Rajul Asthana, Director, International Resource Centre for Universal Human Values & Ethics, Punjab technical University, Kapurthala, Punjab, India

  • IIIT, Hyderabad - Prof. PJ Narayanan, Director (by video).
  • UPTU - Prof. Prem Vrat, Ex. VC UPTU & VC Institute of Technology and Management University, Gurgaon, Sh. Jatin Ahlawat, MD, RVIT, Bijnor.
  • PTU - Dr. H. S. Bedi, Chairman BoS-HV, Dr. M. S. Grewal, Director, SUSCET, Tangori, Dr. Jagmeet Bawa, Joint Director IRC, PTU, Dr. Raminder Singh Uppal, HoD, BBSBEC, Sh. Jitender Narula, Asst. Registrar, PTU.
  • Galgotia’s University - Dr. Kumar Sambhav, AP.
  • HPTU - Prof. Shashi Dhiman, Ex VC, HPTU.

11.00 - 11.30 am             Sum up of Day 1 - Sangay Rinzin, Dean Research, GCBS

11.30 - 1.00 pm    T6. Experiences: Implementing GNH Value Education (Universal Human Values) at Royal University of Bhutan

Session Chair:Dasho Pema Thinley, Ex. VC RUB

Indicative Issues:

  • Need, Guidelines, Content & Process of Value Education.
  • Experiments with Education for GNH model with UHV in various colleges.
  • Experiences of Students, Teachers and people from society.
    • Regarding identification of the requirement of physical facility, production of required physical facility & mutual prosperity.
    • Regarding the feelings in relationship & mutual happiness.
    • Regarding a sense of responsibility towards family, institution and society.

Speakers:

1. Sangay Rinzin, Dean Research & Industrial Linkages, GCBS.
2. Mr. Kala Tshering, Faculty, JNP.
3. Mr. RB Chettri, Faculty, CNR.
4. Thubten Gyatso, Director General, PCE.
5. Lopen Lungtaen Gyatso, Director, ILCS, Bhutan.
6. Dr. Cheki Dorji, Director, CST, Bhutan.
7. Mrs. Neyzang Wangmo, Dean Research & Industrial Linkages, Nursing and Public Health.
8. Ram Chandra Bajgai, Sherubtse College.
9. Ugyen Dorji, SCE

1.00 - 2.00 pm             Lunch

2.00 - 4.00 pm    T7. Panel Discussion: IOrienting Higher Education for balanced Societal Development with Personal & Family Development

Indicative Issues:

  • How do we orient higher education with balanced & holistic development?
  • How do we implement value education keeping it universal? Should value education be logical, verifiable and address all aspects of living?

Moderators: Dasho Nidup Dorji, VC RUB

Panel Lists :

1. Dr. K.P Tshering, President, Gesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan.
2. Dr. Bishal Situala, University of Life Sciences, Netherlands.
3. Prof. Craig Smith, Professor, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan.
4. Prof. Gita Dharampal, Professor, Heidelberg University, Germany.
5. Prof. Sampath Priyantha Perera Amaratunge, Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
6. Prof. M. Lutfar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh.
7. S.M. Mahbub-Ul-Haque Majumder, Dean, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh Common Q&A.

4.00 - 4.30 pm            Tea

4.30 - 6.00 pm            T8. Talk: Human Education for Human Society - Prof. Kumar Sambhav, Galgotia’s University

6.30 pm            Dinner

7.30 - 9.30 pm            Meeting of Special Interest Groups

---End of Day 2---

9.30 - 9.40 am           Sum up of Day 1 & 2 - Sangay Rinzin, Dean Research, GCBS

9.40 - 11.00 am            T9. Talks: Implementing Universal Human Values at Indian Universities - 2

Session Chair: Prof. R. R. Gaur, NRCVEE, IIT Delhi

  • Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Ex. VC PTU .
  • Atmiya Group of Institutions - Prof. J. N. Shah, Director, Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot.
  • AP & Telengana - Dr. Kalyan Mohan Goli.
  • IIT (BHU), Varanasi - Prof. R. K. Mishra.
  • IASE - Dr. Surendra Pathak.

11.00 - 11.30 am         Tea

11.30 - 1.00 pm         T10. Talks: Process & Steps for Implementing Human Values in Higher Education (FROM PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF IMPLEMENTING UHV)

    1. Prof. R. R. Gaur, NRCVEE, IIT Delhi.
  • Comprehensive UHV Package.
  • 2. Sh. Rajul Asthana, Director, IRC-UHVE, PTU.
  • Steps for Implementing Human Values in Higher Education.

1.00 - 2.00 pm         Lunch

2.00 - 4.00 pm         T11. Panel Discussion: Future Plans for Implementing Universal Human Values In Higher Education (Specific Commitments) .

11.00 - 11.30 am         Tea

Indicative Issues:

  • My plan to introduce or reinforce human values in my university / organization .
  • How I have been creating conducive environment in my university / organization for living with human values.
  • Strategies and mechanisms for scaling up, policy for large scale proliferation.
  • Providing thrust to applied research in human values.

Moderator:Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Ex. VC PTU

Panel Lists (in 2 parts):
1. Prof. Gur Prit Inder Singh, VC, Adesh University, Bathinda, India.
2. Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Khozo, Area Study Centre, Far East and Southeast Asia, University of Sindh, Pakistan.
3. Dr. K. P. Tshering, President, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan .
4. Prof. J. N. Shah, Director, Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot .
5. Dr. R. K. Mishra, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India.
6. Dr. Hem Raj Pant, Registrar, Far West University, Nepal.
7. Prof. Sampath Priyantha Perera Amaratunge, Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
8. Prof. Ranjith Premalal De Sliva, Vice Chancellor, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka.
9. Prof. M. Lutfar Rahman, Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University, Bangladesh.
10. Dr. A. Victor Devadoss, AP, Loyola College, Madras University, India.
11. Prof. Yoginder Verma, VC, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala, India .
12. Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor, Makanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita & Sanchar University, Bhopal, India.
13. Prof. S S Murthy, Ex-VC, Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga, India.
14. Prof. Craig Smith, Professor, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan.
15. Dr. Bishal Situala, University of Life Sciences, Norway.
16. Ms. Soma Bhowmik, AP, William Carey University, Shillong, India.
17. Dr. Vinay Sharma, Department of Mgmt. Studies, IIT Roorkee, India Common Q&A

4.00 - 4.30 pm         Tea

4.30 - 6.00 pm         T12. Valedictory - Summary and Way ForwardObservations, Summary & Recommendations - Dr. Dorji Thinley Director Research, RUB Closing Remarks - Dasho Nidup Dorji, VC RUB Vote of Thanks - Mr. Lhato Jamba, Director General GCBS

6.30 pm onwards         Evening Tea followed by Farewell Dinner

---End of Day 3, End of Conference---

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.

6. 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.

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

8. MHRD, UGC, AICTE and other monitoring and accreditation bodies in respective countries 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.

9.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.

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

11. Need for orienting bureaucracy on UHV through refresher training programmes in centre/state administration academies or mid-career training programs was also highlighted. In this context, introduction of a compulsory paper from this year on "Ethics, Values and Aptitudes" in the civil services examination by UPSC (India) was hailed as a welcome step. This would really fructify if supported by appropriate training in this area, particularly by the administrative academies.

12. Orienting politicians and future politicians was also suggested.

13. The 5th ICHVHE 2016 to be held at Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot, India in the month of February 2016. The exact date will be announced in due course of time.

Recommendations Specific to Royal University of Bhutan:
1. The importance of introducing Human Values in Higher Education cannot be ignored. It must cover all the students as a foundational course.
2. People in decision making positions (Heads Of Institutes) should be trained in Human Values in Higher Education.
3. Need to focus on development of resource persons (facilitators). RUB colleges must develop a critical mass of people who have the courage and confidence, who can teach and live human values and take the lead role in taking this noble initiative forward. Training of all the staff (faculty and staff) is essential as they live their life in colleges. Accordingly, the 8 day UHVE program should be made mandatory for all staff).
4. Establishment of Human Values cells and resource center, and need to create central repository of materials for sharing HV materials
5. Strategies should be developed for sustainability of Human Value initiatives in the colleges
6. National conference/annual conference / university conference
7. Use of IT and social media (limited to members, restricted to own members ) to enhance interaction and trace progress of members-people familiar with HV
8. Include Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan in UHV initiatives/activities by way of including in the core group
9. Pursue social and qualitative research focused on action, process, change and transformation, and continued improvement and development
10. Development of Documentary on Human values

Achievement :

Several new commitments were made for curricular reform, and for incorporating a Foundation Course in Universal Human Values in various universities and organisations. The progress will be shared during the next conference. By the 3rd day, the following commitments were recorded:
1. Dr. K. P. Tshering, President, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan:
      a. We will introduce the foundation course in universal human values for all PG students.
      b. All faculty and staff of KGUMSB will be oriented in universal human values (8-day workshop).
     c. Universal human values orientation will be included in the pre-service orientation program for all health service personnel (including doctors, nurses and support staff).
      d. KGUMSB will set up a centre for "Universal Health Education".
     e. I plan to attend the next available 8-day workshop on universal human values with my son, if I can convince him [He attended the 8-day workshop 1-8 April at Gedu along with his son].

2. Prof. Brij Kishore Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor, Makanlal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita & Sanchar University, Bhopal, India:
    a. GNH is a significant socio-economic development paradigm. We seek the help of Royal University of Bhutan to develop the curriculum that will be part of all mass communication education at our university (along with Sumangalam, Antuday and Integral Humanism.)
      b. Introduce the foundation course in universal human values in all 37 courses of study at our university by the academic year 2017. I will convince my academic council, develop the required team of teachers and work on other pre-requisites.
     c. We aspire (loud thinking) to develop, in due course of time, a resource centre for media persons. It will organise research, conduct workshops and courses for sensitizing media persons about universal human values.
      d. On a personal note, I commit to attend an 8-day workshop on universal human values with my family.

3. Dr. Ghulam Murtaza, University of Sindh, Pakistan:
      a. I am here on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Abida Tehrani, who attended the last conference. She was to come for this conference also, but was unable to do so, on account of her health. She has instructed me to develop the plan for introducing the foundation course in our university at the earliest.

4. Dr. Luftar Rehman, Vice Chancellor, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh:
      a. We can unify all forms of thought under the umbrella of universal human values. This teaching has universal appeal.
      b. We will include this teaching as a part of our New Teacher Training course (currently 36 hours) starting April 2015.
     c. I will send teachers for orientation to India in the available workshops, particularly at IIT Kanpur.

5. Prof. Ranjith Premalal De Sliva, Vice Chancellor, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka:
     a. We have a diverse set of courses offered under three faculty heads viz. medical, applied science & computer science and business studies. I will have a meeting with the three faculty heads, select at least three faculty members to attend the 8-day workshop in India and help me implement universal human values in my university.

6. Prof. Sampath Priyantha Perera Amaratunge, Vice Chancellor, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka:
     a. UGC is the apex body which is responsible for funding and regulating the 15 universities in Srilanka. I will discuss with the UGC about this topic.

7. Prof. Subodh Sharma, Head, Department of Environmental Studies, Kathmandu University, Nepal:
     a. Will introduce the foundation course in universal human values as an audit elective course in their M. tech program from the next academic term. He will personally teach this course and at the same time prepare other faculty members for it.

8. Dr. Hem Raj Pant, Registrar, Far West University, Nepal:
     a. There are 7 universities in Nepal. UGC is the apex regulatory body. We will approach UGC.

9. Dr. Craig Smith, Founding Chair & Head, Department of Global Affairs, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Japan:
     a. Introduce universal human values component in the Global Affairs course in April 2015.
     b. Add readings in human values in education as well as GNH.
    c. My university will participate in JUEMUN 2015 in June at Oasaka and will host JUEMUN 2016 (http://juemun.weebly.com/). I will try to include discussion on UHV and GNH at these conferences.
   d. I will introduce discussion on UHV and GNH at the bi-annual conference of the Asia Pacific University Network in 2017.
     e. I will explore other ways to keep the communication open amongst the conference participants.

10. Prof. Bishal Sithula, University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway:
     a. I will attend the forthcoming 8-day workshop [he did attend 1-8 April workshop at Gedu].
     b. Will include this teaching in my course entitled "Personal Transformation".
     c. Will share this awareness with my partners in South East Asian universities.
     d. Will explore details of GNH Society with the help of Royal University of Bhutan.

11. Prof. Surachi Jewcharoensakul, Kasetsart University, Thailand:
     a. MoU with Royal University of Bhutan for working together on universal human values.

12. The Royal Civil Services Commission of Bhutan is likely to include a 3-day orientation to universal human values in the 14-day "Bhutan Executive Services Training (BEST)" which is to be conducted by the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) starting September 2015.

13. Dr. GPI Singh, Vice Chancellor, Adesh University (Medical University), Bhatinda, Punjab, India:
     a. We want to introduce a foundation course in universal human values in the curriculum of medical as well as para-medical education. We seek the help of Punjab Technical University for this.

14. Prof. Yoginder Verma, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala, India
     a. A course on human values and ethics is already a part of our curriculum. We will strengthen it with teacher orientation.

15. Dr. R. K. Mishra, IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India:
    a. IIT (BHU) has introduced a 2-semester foundation course in universal human values for all undergraduate students.
     b. We will introduce the foundation course for PG students in due course of time.

16. Dr. J. N. Shah, Director, Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot, India:
   a. The foundation course in universal human values will continue to be provided to all new students (approximately 5,000/year).
     b. All faculty members will be oriented in universal human values (8-day workshop) before the next term. We will also encourage family members to participate.
     c. Atmiya group of institutions commits to host the next conference (ICHVHE2016).

Committees:
1. Recommendations of the Conference - Required by Day 3 at 4.30 pm to be approved & read by Dasho VC.
2. Conference Documentation - Required for on-line publication.
3. Media / Press Notes - Required for each day at most by the end of that day Bhutan Core Group to take primary responsibility for Committees.

Glimpses :

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