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Journey of Value Education at Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University,Lucknow
The journey of value education in Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU for short)has been quite encouraging. Value Education was introduced as one-day seminar on “Integration of human values in Technical Education” on 10th January, 2009 at UPTU to address the need and role of value education in the holistic development of nation. The seminar was conducted in the presence of Sri AlokRanjan, IAS, principal secretary of vocational and technical education, Government of UP, Sri Rakesh Mittal, IAS, social welfare commissioner and chief coordinator of “Kabir Peace Mission”, Prof. Prem Vrat the then, hon’ble vice chancellor UPTU, Prof. RR Gaur, a renowned Professor at IIT Delhi and Prof. G. P. Bagaria HBTI, Kanpur. The directors and principles of UPTU affiliated institutes also participated in the seminar to understand the real need and application of the value education.
A meeting of Convener of Board of studies was held in the chairmanship of the then, vice chancellor, Prof. PremVrat, on 12 January, 2009 after the seminar to discuss and consider the introduction of the value education as a subject across the courses offered by the university. The committee had taken the significant steps after getting inspired and taking the example from success story of implementation of value education in technical education at IIIT Hyderabad and decided to introduce value education in form of a subject as an audit course entitled “Human Values and Professional Ethics” in the curriculum of B. Tech., B. Pharm., BHMCT, BFAD, B. Arch, MCA and MBA courses in all its 600 affiliated institutes. The course initially included two hours lecture and two hours practice sessions (in the form of discussion, sharing of experiences and case study) per week. Students could appear for this subject in any year and was supposed to clear this subject in their degree course.
Since value education was introduced as a subject, a book and a teacher’s manual were prepared by Prof. RR Gaur, Prof. Rajeev Sangal and Prof. G.P.Bagaria before offering the subject in the second semester of 2009. It was also decided that teachers should go through the teacher’s orientation program (TOP) before teaching this course. A committee was formed under the chairmanship of the then vice chancellor Prof. PremVrat for successful implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this course. Prof. G.P. Bagaria was given the responsibility of convener of TOP.
In order to have proper feel of content, process and guideline of value education, two one-day workshops were conducted for the directors and chairpersons of the UPTU affiliated institutes, one at RKGIT, Ghaziabad on 13 May 2009 and other at BBDIT Lucknow on 17 May 2009. Workshops have been conducted since then in the following formats: One-day, two-day and three-day workshops for the awareness of teachers in different cities and eight-day full time residential workshop for faculty members preparing to teach this course.
A total number of 21 teachers orientation programs (TOP) have been conducted so far for teachers out of which 15 were held at IIT-Kanpur, 3 at PSIT, Kanpur, 2 at MPEC, Kanpur and one at Surya Group of Institution, Lucknow. 493 AKTU teachers have gone through this orientation program as of now. Various short workshops were also conducted at various institutes in many cities including Meerut, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Greater Noida, Mathura, Agra, Bareilly, Allahabad, Rai Bareilly, Varanasi, Muzaffar Nagar, Aligarh, Moradabad, Bijnor and Jhansi.
In 2012, under the stewardship of Prof. S. K. Kak, the then vice chancellor MTU (in 2011 UPTU was split into two parts, UPTU and MTU; now they are reunited), two short workshops were held at Noida in which 80 directors, chairpersons and heads of the department of different institutions of Noida and Ghaziabad region attended the workshop.
Many institutes are now organizing weekly meetings with those faculty members who have gone through the short and full eight days workshops conducted by the university.Many faculty members re-attended the eight days teachers’ orientation program with their family members and also attended the higher level workshops. Some faculty members are practicing this more rigorously and in continuation of the same they are facilitating the workshop in other institutions and universities as resource persons. Faculty members of some institutes are voluntarily conducting the workshops on their own for the parents of students and for nearby villages.
Almost 80,000 students are graduating every year and hence a large number of students have done this course from the university. Some of them are taking this as a career in their life and pursuing higher education (e.g. M.Tech and one year diploma) at the International Resource Centre for Universal Human Values (Punjab Technical University) Kapurthala, Punjab. Alumni of university are working in various fields. They are in touch with their teachers, they like to volunteer for workshops, they share their experiences and underscore the importance of this course at their work place. Some of them are also conducting the workshop for their colleagues and the community.
In October 2015 a one-day sharing and feedback session at JSS Noida was organized under the chairmanship of hon’ble vice chancellor Prof. V. K. Pathak. All the Deans, Directors/Chairpersons of affiliated institute/college, faculty members and students were present. Another two-day evaluation and implementation meeting on “Human Value & Professional Ethics” was conducted at Bansal Institute of Engineering & Technology with core members of value education and chairpersons as well as directors of UPTU affiliated institutes located in Lucknow and nearby regions. It was recommended that this course is essential for all the students and their family members. Thus for its effective implementation it has to be added as a credit course and has to be implemented in second year of degree course. The university has decided to offer it in the second year of degree programs as a credit course from the next academic year.