Initial Steps for Implementation of "A Foundation Course in Universal Human Values & Professional Ethics" at a University

The following implementation steps are recommended for introducing the foundation course in any university.

1. Familiarise Decision Makers with the need,

guidelines, content and process of value education. For this the VC and the senior management team may participate in a 3 to 8-day workshop. With these inputs, they will be able to evaluate the possibility with universal human values. This should lead to deciding about how to implement value education with a specific, shared timeline. The guidelines proposed for any course on value education are:
Universal: Whatever is studied as value education needs to be universally applicable to all human beings and be true at all times and all places. It should not depend on sect, creed, nationality, race, gender, etc.
Rational: It has to be amenable to logical reasoning. It should not be based on blind beliefs
Verifiable: The student should be able to verify the values by checking with one's own experience, and not be asked to believe just because it is stated in the course
Leading to Harmony: Values have to enable us to live in peace and harmony within our own self as well as with others (human being and rest of nature)

2. Establish a Value Education Cell in the University.

A strong empowered and competent team is required for implementation. The value education cell is this team. It must have the VC as the chairperson, a full time convener, and members from the university as well as experts from outside which will form the Core team responsible for implementation of this Course in their Institution. At least one person from the university should obtain the PG Diploma in Universal Human Values (offered currently at IKG-PTU)

3. Adopt the foundation course

as an essential or core part of the curriculum. This action may be formally taken by the Academic Council of the university. The syllabus, course title, number of credits, examination pattern etc. may be approved by the Board of Studies. The foundation course should be offered as such, without any changes. Appropriate higher level courses may also be offered

4. Conduct short awareness workshops:

A) 1-day workshops for VC's, Director/Principals and B) 2 or 3-day workshops open to all teachers. Conduct these in major locations to cover all concerned colleges. This is for general awareness, commitment of management, administration, faculty etc. for further developing a conducive environment

5. Establish a Value Education Cell

in each College with Director /Principal as Chairperson, a trained teacher as full time convener, and 3 other trained teachers as members from the College as well as experts from outside which will form the Core team responsible for implementation of this Course in their college, liaising with the university VE cell and also carrying out supporting activities

6. Select Course Faculty:

at least two teachers are necessary per college in the first year of starting the course. One teacher can teach 180 students per Semester on 2-0-2 basis (two lectures, two practice tutorials). Suitable teachers from every teaching department may be identified and selected based on following criteria:
a) Those who have a sense of responsibility for themselves and beyond themselves; i.e. for family, society and nature; particularly those already having an interest in Human Values. Such teachers would be socially aware and working / interested in working for a social cause
b) Those who are responsible in teaching (faculty by choice, not by chance)
c) Those consistent in interaction and have a good reputation with students
d) Those consistent in interaction and have a good rapport with management
e) Those who are open-minded, willing to learn

7. Ensure Teacher's Orientation: Teachers need to internalize the content and process before they start to teach this material without which it will not be possible to sustain the interest of the students. Therefore at least two teachers from each college should be oriented before the course can be started. During subsequent years, more teachers may be orientated. They can also repeat the Teachers' Orientation Program for further consolidating their understanding. This program should be attended at least by a) Potential University level Convener(s) b) Potential Teachers for this subject c) Interested Vice Chancellors, Director/Principals

8. Form an Advisory Committee at University Level

with a Trained Expert as chairperson, trained teachers and experts as members to continuously monitor the effectiveness of the VE program and to provide guidance.

9. Further Activities:

Develop an academic structure (curricular, co-curricular, extracurricular) in place in each institution to move towards a comprehensive value education package. Suitable elective courses in this area may be introduced. Invite persons working on universal human values for discussions and deliberations, and to offer open electives. Develop a mechanism to enable frequent interaction amongst faculty, students and authentic organizations working for universal human values. Interaction with Employers/ Companies offering "Universal Human Values & Professional Ethics" course as a USP (students of this subject are generally responsible, self-confident and also have sound academic performance). Social Internship & Social Projects may also be added and done under the aegis of NSS/NCC

University Value Education Cell

Composition of the VE Cell <>
Chairperson Vice Chancellor
Convener A responsible senior university officer who is keen on Value Education
Coordinator Resource Person
Co-coordinator Resource Person
University coordinators (2): Full time for coordinating all the activities

The Vice Chancellor would spend approx 4 hours/month in providing direction & reviewing progress along the vision The Convener would actively participates in Value Education activity, including the workshops and spend 2-3 hours per week providing direction & reviewing the operational progress vis-à-vis specific short term goals The coordinator / co-coordinator or resource persons would take the initial responsibility to conduct the Teacher's Orientation Programs, with a view to prepare the teachers of the university to take up this role at the earliest University coordinators would take the responsibility to coordinate all the activities as described below

Responsibilities of VE Cell in Initial Stage:

The VE Cell is responsible for facilitating implementation of the decisions related to value education.

  • Refine and share vision, goals, measures & activities
  • Facilitate achievement of value education goals at each college
  • Facilitate faculty selection & preparation by arranging Teacher's Orientation Programs
  • Facilitate availability of common teaching assets like books, study material.
  • Formalize evaluation criteria, exam pattern, projects, term papers etc.
  • Nurture the environment in colleges through short workshops
  • Nurture the UHVPE teachers through advanced study
  • Keep records & maintain open communication

Typical Vision, Goals & Measures

Vision: To facilitate the understanding of human conduct in every student To Launch HVPE-101 in AY 2013-14 as a compulsory 4 credit 2-0-2 course in semester 1 and 2, to be taught by trained teachers, the immediate goals can be very specific:

    Sharing the Decisions, Garnering Support

  • Inform/Expose = 100% of the principals, deans and senior faculty of the intent of <> to introduce HVPE-101 from AY 2013-14 (Responsibility of VE Cell of <>)
  • Familiarize >=80% of the principals with HVPE. i.e. at least 370 principals participate in a 3-day workshop by August 2012 (Responsibility of VE Cell of <>)
  • Formalities & Enablement

  • Form a Value Education Cell at the University Level by Mar 2013 (Responsibility of VE Cell of <>)
  • Complete the process of curriculum update through Academic Council / Board of Studies or other responsible body by June 2013 (Responsibility of VE Cell of <>)
  • Teacher Development

  • Identify >=2 responsible teachers per college from every branch of study who will teach HVPE-101 by Nov 2013 (Responsibility of <> VE Cell)
  • Prepare >= 1 identified teacher per college by July 2014, i.e. at least 460 teachers by July 2012 & prepare >= 2 identified teachers per college by Dec 2013, i.e. at least 920 teachers by Dec 2014 (Responsibility of <> VE Cell)

Responsibilities of VE Cell in Future Stages:

Continuous effort in this direction is required, beyond the initial stage. It is very essential to create a congenial environment in the institutions. In fact, the ethos of the whole institution including the administration, the teachers and the other staff has to gradually change in consonance with the right understanding. Accordingly, each institution needs to set up an active value education cell and create a suitable environment for value based living.
     The support, encouragement and personal exemplification by the Heads of institutions, management and senior faculty, in particular facilitate the process of 'Living the Values'. Due weightage can be given to evaluation of value competence at every stage. Continuous motivational interaction with other stakeholders such as the staff, parents and the prospective employers strengthen the ethos of value based culture in educational ecology.

Contacts

Value Education Cell, IIT BHU, Varanasi (UP) 221005

Chairperson: Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director IIT BHU (director@iitbhu.ac.in, +91 542 2368106)

Value Education Cell, IIIT, Gachibowli, Hyderabad (AP) 500032

Coordinator: Dr. Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar (ramancharla@iiit.ac.in, +91 93911 31199)

Value Education Cell, Gautam Budh Technical University, Lucknow (UP)

Chairperson: Prof. R. K. Khandal, Vice Chancellor GBTU Lucknow (vc@uptu.ac.in, +91 522 2732194)

Co-chairperson: Sh. U. S. Tomer, Registrar GBTU Lucknow (registrar@uptu.ac.in, +91 522 2732193)

Coordinator: Sh. Ganesh Bagaria (gpbagaria@yahoo.com, +91 94503 42998)

Co-coordinator: Sh. Bhanu Pratap Singh (hvpeuptu@yahoo.com, pratap_cse@rediffmail.com, +91 98894 98839)

Value Education Cell, Mahamaya Technical University, Noida (UP) 201301

Chairperson: Prof. S. K. Kak, Vice Chancellor MTU (shibankak@yahoo.com)

Coordinator: Sh. Ganesh Bagaria (gpbagaria@yahoo.com, +91 94503 42998)

Co-coordinator: Sh. Sateesh Awasthi (hvpemtu@gmail.com, +91 98680 10352)

Department of Human Values, Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala (Punjab) 144601

Chairperson: Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice Chancellor PTU (rajneesh.ptu@gmail.com, +91 182 2662524)

Director: Dr. Nachhattar Singh (ptuehv@gmail.com, +91 94178 03364)

Head of Department: Dr. Jagmeet Bawa (ptuehv@gmail.com, +91 94780 98071)

Contact Person: Sh. Jitender Narula (ptuehv@gmail.com, +91 94780 98082)

Contact Person: Sh. Balmukund Meena (ptuehv@gmail.com, +91 94780 98083)

National Center for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE, IIT Delhi)

Block V-401, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi 110016 Head: Prof. Sangeeta Kohli (+91 11 2659 6585)

Key Resource Person: Dr. Rishi Raj Gaur (rrgaur@gmail.com, +91 99107 65602)

Value Education Contacts, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (UP) 208016

NSS Coordinator: Dr. H. C. Verma (+91 99352 71481)

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Deepak Gupta (+91 94150 45107)

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Veena Bansal (+91 512 2597743)

Manaviya Shiksha Sanskar Sansthan, Mandhana, Kanpur (UP)

Key Resource Person: Sh. Ganesh Bagaria (gpbagaria@yahoo.com, +91 94503 42998)

Key Resource Person: Sh. Rajul Asthana (rajul.asthana@yahoo.com, +91 98490 94285)

Key Resource Person: Sh. Kumar Sambhav (kumarms3@yahoo.com, +91 94556 80200, +91 87438 413108)

Contact Person: Sh. Shyam Kumar (shyam@iitk.ac.in, +91 94503 42998)