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Future Plans of University

 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:

  1. 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”.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 levels:

i)        Three-day workshop: 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

ii)      Eight-day workshop: This workshop is designed to prepare faculty members to further share their learning with students in the classroom as part of the curricular input

iii)    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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.



Prof Vinay Kumar Pathak