People's Feedback / Reflections

Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University [January 2012]

"Since coming across this material, in October 2010, our own vision, at PTU, has broadened, from being university centric & employer centric to now being even more society focused. While we always wanted to actively participate in the development of a Humane society, we now have more clarity on how to go about it. We have developed specific goals and programs related to value education as well as technical education. We intend to facilitate the development of responsible and competent citizens for society who have the competence, practice and entrepreneurial ability to be meaningfully employed or self-employed; and to actively participate in developing a Humane society",

Dasho Pema Thinley, Vice Chancellor Royal University of Bhutan at the self-evaluation session of a Universal Human Values workshop [26th April 2013 at Gedu, Bhutan]

"I have been actively looking for how to do this for the last 12 years. This human values teaching can create a harmonious society. I am convinced that this has to become the basis/core of education in the Royal University of Bhutan. I am assured that this is within reach and it can be done. This course is structured so well, we can put it forward to our students. It has to be continuously pursued. We will develop a core group of 15 to 20 teachers. The early volunteers are Director Dorji Wangchuck, Director Lopen Lungten Gyatasho and myself. We would do this even in our retirement",

Lopen Lungtaen Gyatso, director of Institute of Language & Culture Studies, Lobesa, Bhutan at the closure of a Universal Human Values workshop [20th October 2012 at Kanpur, India]

"I have been actively looking for how to do this for the last 12 years. This human values teaching can create a harmonious society. I am convinced that this has to become the basis/core of education in the Royal University of Bhutan. I am assured that this is within reach and it can be done. This course is structured so well, we can put it forward to our students. It has to be continuously pursued. We will develop a core group of 15 to 20 teachers. The early volunteers are Director Dorji Wangchuck, Director Lopen Lungten Gyatasho and myself. We would do this even in our retirement",

Sangay Thinley, faculty Sherubtse College, Bhutan

"I have been actively looking for how to do this for the last 12 years. This human values teaching can create a harmonious society. I am convinced that this has to become the basis/core of education in the Royal University of Bhutan. I am assured that this is within reach and it can be done. This course is structured so well, we can put it forward to our students. It has to be continuously pursued. We will develop a core group of 15 to 20 teachers. The early volunteers are Director Dorji Wangchuck, Director Lopen Lungten Gyatasho and myself. We would do this even in our retirement",

The vice chancellor, Prof. Shashi Dhiman [Jan 2012]

He said "people in Himachal already lived in harmony, but due to lack of conviction and due to the incessant pressures, they are being carried away into many of the ills of modernity. By this process of value education, it seems possible to re-instill self confidence for a harmonious way of life. This would be a first step toward value based education which, in turn, would facilitate a more harmonious, mutually fulfilling way of living" Himachal Pradesh Technical University had already decided to introduce this foundation course from the Academic Year 2012-2013.

Feedback of Teachers:

  • This has had an impact on my personal attitude it is relevant for me.
  • This has had an impact on my personal relationships in my family it is relevant for my family.
  • This had had an impact on my relationship with my students. I feel more responsible toward students. I find it enriching to teach this subject and also other subjects.
  • There is a change in the attitude of my students it is relevant for my students.

Feedback of Students who were taught by certified teachers:

  • I am now clearer about what to do. I.e. about what is right, about my goal.
  • My attention has been drawn to relationships, which I had undermined.
  • I am able to correctly understanding the need of physical facilities.
  • My academic performance has increased on account of this clarity.

At the level of management and administration the feedback is encouraging from those colleges where the management has taken a hands-on implementation approach. They tell us four things:

  • Our institution's agenda, academic curriculum, content and teaching methods is becoming increasingly purposeful and meaningful.
  • Our institution has started to be managed on the basis of relationship rather than on the basis of shasan (opposition). We can observe that life on campus becomes more and more holistic, participative and fulfilling.
  • We can observe that students are developing more responsibility; they are doing well academically and becoming more self disciplined. Some of them also participate in efforts for order in society.
  • There is sufficient space in the existing system to experiment. Changes toward self-organization are accepted and multiplication is possible.