ATMIYA GROUP OF INSTITUTIONS, RAJKOT, GUJARAT, INDIA 8-10 JANUARY 2016
The theme of this 5th International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education was "Education for Undivided Society and Universal Human Order". It was organised jointly by Atmiya Group of Institutions (AGI), Rajkot, Gujarat, IKG-PTU, Kapurtala, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, IIIT Hyderabad, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (formerly UPTU), Lucknow and The Royal University of Bhutan. There were 170 participants from 13 countries who deliberated on the theme. Shri Shantilalji Muttha, founder & national president of Bharatiya Jain Sanghthana, Pune was the chief guest at the inaugural function. The need of Human Value Education in Higher Education was clearly emphasized by all. Many participants shared their interests in taking the initiative in implementing Universal Human Values in their universities/ colleges/ institutions. In particular, The Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh showed keen interest.
There were 170 participants from 13 countries who deliberated on the theme.Shri Shantilalji Muttha, founder & national president of Bharatiya Jain Sanghthana, Pune was the chief guest at the inaugural function.
Program Structure :
1. It was strongly felt by all that education on universal human values and ethics (UHVE) should be
introduced as an essential part of the academic 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 \process. 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
a. Universal - for all human beings in all places, in all time
b. Logical - students should be able to rationally discuss the various issues
c. Verifiable - students should be able to verify on their own (on the basis of one’s
own Natural Acceptance and experiential living).
d. Humanistic - conducive to the good of humanity.
e. All encompassing - touching all aspects of human life
3. The foundation course can provide a large common base of a holistic perception based on right
understanding. It should be further supplemented with appropriate extra-curricular activities and
projects, higher level elective courses, social internships etc. to consolidate right understanding
and facilitate living in accordance with it.
4. Teachers should be prepared for universal human value education. Universities and similar
organizations should run teacher training for universal human values and prepare a cadre of such
a. Regular teachers (who are teaching already).
b. PG Students (future teachers - prepare them when young).
c. Adjunct faculty (interested alumni, faculty spouses, enthusiastic people in society, retired
5. Continuous efforts need to be made through the value education cell at the institutional level to
create a conducive environment for "living the values".
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. For this, centers of excellence need to be created at various nodal institutions/universities where
already sufficient work has been accomplished.
9. There was a recommendation to start embedding UHVE in every subject. Initiation of R&D work
for overall curricular modification, development of resource material and evolving alternative
models in the light of right understanding should take place. The idea should be to have value
based education through all the subjects at all levels.
10. MHRD, UGC, AICTE and other monitoring and accreditation bodies in the country 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. The 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 the year 2014 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
14. Orienting politicians for Value Education is recommended.
15. A proposal should be sent to UGC for introducing UHVE in all areas of higher education, in
addition to technical education as an essential course.
16. UHV education is required to be extended to media and communication colleges.
17. Create a course content committee to formulate curricula from school i.e KG to 12th class.
18. Hold annual conference for students who have taken at least one course in UHVE
19. Create a Wikipedia site for UHVE and make it a comprehensive repository of reference material
and include case studies of different models being practiced in this area and networking of UHVE
centers at various universities/institutes to share best practices.
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