Jalandhar, Feb 25, 2014 (YP Bureau)
Punjab Technical University (PTU) is organizing 3rd International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education in association with Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT, BHU); Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad; and The Royal University of Bhutan from February 28 to March 02, 2014 at its Kapurthala campus.
This three-day event shall have participation of 97 senior dignitaries from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries – 2 from Bangladesh, 9 from Bhutan, 75 from India, 3 from Nepal, 5 from Pakistan and 3 from Sri Lanka. Prof. (Dr.) Faiz-ul-Hasan, VC, University of Education, Lahore; Prof. Muhammad Aslam, VC, University of Health Sciences, Lahore; and Dr. Nazir A. Mughal, VC, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan to address the audience.
At the conference, deliberations will be held on some of the critical aspects of universal human values in higher education including the need for it; existing practices and experiences; guidelines, content and process (methodology); and the requirements given the current scenario.
According to Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice Chancellor, PTU, “Course on human values and professional ethics is mandatory for all programs in PTU since 2011. It is a part of core curriculum of 28 universities in 5 states of India and Bhutan. The content for the same has been developed by National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering (NRCVEE), IIT Delhi and IIIT Hyderabad. Our course adheres to all Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) guidelines of being universal, rational, verifiable and leading to harmony. The main objective behind this initiative is - we want to churn out engineers and managers that are not just skilled but socially conscientious as well. They should be ready to become responsible corporate citizens.”
“The first and second international conference was held at IIIT, Hyderabad. As a frontrunner in promoting human values and professional ethics, we at PTU take pride in hosting the third edition,” added Dr. Arora.
Living in accordance with universal human values enables one to live an informed, purposeful, happy and responsible life – as an individual, as a member of family, as a member of society and as a unit in nature. With a strong teaching methodology of self exploration, the foundation course provides the essential guidelines for a humane society and helps develop commitment for it.
As per the feedback by those who’ve pursued the course, it focuses on creating mutual prosperity rather than accumulation; there is a significant realization on value of relationship - with family, colleagues, teachers & students; clarity on human purpose and purpose of education; besides teachers and students share a deeper sense of responsibility toward society, particularly their pind (village) and clearer responsibility toward nature. They express an increased sense of gratitude for their parents and society.