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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University
formerly known as Uttar Pradesh Technical
University, Lucknow, has taken an initiative to introduce “Human Value &
Professional Ethics” as a subject in its technical and professional courses. The
university started working on it and completed all the formalities to implement
the needful in this regard in 2009. The purpose was imparting values to not only
students but also teachers to enhance the quality of education and make it
valuable to both personal and professional life.
Under the guidance of the hon’ble vice chancellor,
Prof. Vinay Kumar Pathak, the university has taken some vital steps to
strengthen the implementation of this course as subject after considering the
importance of the content of the subject. Prof. Vinay Kumar Pathak has
emphasized that he is well convinced with the need of value education and is all
set to improve it through structuring and implementing the plan of actions. He
chaired a two-day meeting on evaluation and implementation of Human Values &
Professional Ethics with chairpersons and directors of affiliated institutes. He
also met with faculty members of different engineering and management institutes
and discussed several shortcomings and issues relating to implementation of the
subject. He also had views of all faculty members and asked to work in
coordination to produce higher productivity, accountability and responsibility.
The details of the plan of actions are mentioned below:
Set up an office of Value Education Cell at university in Lucknow: The hon’ble vice chancellor has created a formal structure within the
premises of the university for “Value Education Cell”.
Empowering the nodal centers: The
University has approved five nodal centers at Kanpur, Bijnor, Agra and
Ghaziabad to facilitate the preparation of faculty members to teach the subject
in the classroom and disseminate value education to cover all the university
affiliated institutes in Uttar Pradesh.
In future few more such centers
will also be etsblished.
Course induction: The course induction is a serious concern as in
absence of this no transformation of education seems to be possible today in
current situation. Hence the induction programme in form of workshop/FDP for
faculty members has been well planned for three-days, eight-days and refresher
workshops. The same is being implemented at the following three different
The three-day workshop is planned and proposed for chairpersons and directors of
the affiliated institutes. This aims at communicating the need of value
education in holistic development and how it can be fulfilled effectively
This workshop is designed to prepare faculty members to further share their
learning with students in the classroom as part of the curricular input
Refresher workshop (8-days):
The refresher workshop is also necessary for those faculty members who have
already undergone the workshop earlier but with the passage of time they are not
in touch with the content or
possibly have not taught students in past a couple of years on account of some
other important assignments.
Workshop for students: In addition to the above, workshops at different
institutes would also be conducted for students by those faculty members who
have already attended eight-day workshop and teaching the subject in classroom.
Conversion into credit course: It is
strongly felt that the subject should be taught as credit course as it
definitively adds value. The same was recommended by members of the university
value education cell during the meeting chaired by the hon’ble vice chancellor.
It is therefore, proposed to change the subject “Human Value & Professional
Ethics” into an essential credit course form next academic session of 2016
(currently it is an essential audit course). This step will communicate the
intent of the university and give a boost to the interest in the subject.
Approval for bilingual conduct for the subject:
The University has also proposed to teach this subject in
Hindi and English from the next academic session (2016-17). Students will have the
freedom to take their examination of this subject either in Hindi or English.
Translation of subject book into Hindi:
It has also been decided to provide the study material and book in Hindi
language. Since the subject has been so far taught only in English, study
materials and book were also in English language.
Website development: The University is developing a separate website of
Value Education that will be linked to the university official website. The
website will provide all the necessary information relating to the course,
upcoming Workshops/FDPs, official meetings, study materials and other relevant
information related to value education.
Regular meeting of the VE Cell:
The hon’ble vice chancellor, who is also the chairman of the VE Cell, is keen to
have regular meetings of the VE Cell. This is to keep track of the development
of plan of actions and implementation of the course throughout the affiliated
institutes of the university and to facilitate further progress.
Report publishing: It has also been decided to publish an annual report.
This report is to share the impact, challenges and ideas for further
improvement, so as to be an encouragement for faculty and students. It will also
be used for broader sharing.
The University has shown its commitment through proposing, structuring and
implementing these tasks and activities in formal way. However these are not all
that the university has planned and proposed but have a lot more in its vision
to be executed in later stages- introducing research work in this field,
developing resource centers and persons, higher level workshops for interested
faculty members who have already attended workshop of seven or eight days are
few to mention.