Empowering higher education with ethics in India
A Programme for Teachers of Higher Education
March 2019 - The Department of English of the Scott Christian College together with Globethics.net organised a conference on ‘Ethics and Values in Higher Education' focused on enhancing the methods of teaching ethical values alongside with the curriculum to empower the student community in India.
The Conference took place at the Scott Christian College in Nagercoil, India. It opened with the Department of English students signing an invocation song and with the welcome speech of Dr J.G. Duresh, Head of the Department of English of the Scott Christian College.
The Former Chief Secretary of Haryana, Mr G. Devasahayam, was invited to give the inaugural address. He highlighted the challenges faced by higher education and the importance that the students learn ethics to be able to become today's leaders. During his speech, Mr G. Devasahayam also said that the only way of integrating ethics in the students' lives is through the syllabus and the curriculum. To end his speech he referred to the college motto and the Bible (John 8:32), ‘Truth Shall Make You Free' and linking it to ethics to state that to be truly free one must learn ethics.
The Presidential Address was given by Dr Ezhil Raj, Vice Principal, Scott Christian College. He began his address by highlight the fact that the Higher Education system in India is the third largest in the world with 4000 Universities and 40,000 Higher Education Institutions. He stated that India's Higher Education lags in 5 principles: ‘Innovation of Syllabus Curriculum', ‘Industrial tie-up', ‘Intellectual Capital', ‘Unemployment' and ‘Happiness'. He concluded his speech with the lag of Higher Education and congratulated the Department of English and Globethics.net India for the innovative programme on Higher Education.
Rev. Jacob Belly, Associate Director of Globethics.net India was in charge of introducing Globethics.net and its work integrating ethics in higher education. He provided the participants with information about the Globethics.net Consortium and welcomed them to join Globethics.net online course on Ethics in Higher Education for Teaching Professionals, which started on the 5 March 2019. Through his speech, he praised Kanyakumari and Nagercoil to be towns well known in India for their quality education.
After a break, the conference continued with the three Key Speakers: Dr J. Dinakarlal, Dr Jeni Padua and Dr James R. Daniel. Each of them came to speak about different challenges of higher education and how ethics come into the picture.
Ethics in Higher Education: Responsibility of Teachers
‘Ethics is the science of values' stated Dr J. Dinakarlal at the start of his speech. He spoke about the important role of the teachers in education and how they have the key to incorporate values in a student. He talked about the Gurukula system, a type of education system in ancient India with shishya living near or with the guru, and how a teacher should always do as they pray since the students would always look up to them. J. Dinakarlal emphasised that for quality education a teacher must be more introspective and concluded with the aims of the institution and the aim of teaching.
Ethics and Women Empowerment: Role of Higher Education
Dr Jeni Padua accented the role of higher education in ethical empowerment. Her speech focused on areas of empowering women and how to help raise awareness of opportunities. She then said that ‘Higher Education is all about creating Ethical Leaders'. She says that ‘the image of the institution depends on the ethical commitments of the teachers'.
Globalization and Privatization: Their Impact on Ethics in Higher Education
Dr James R. Daniel explained the LPG (Liberalization, Privatization, and Globalization) and its common factors on the rise and fall of higher education. He briefed the participants with some historical facts of early Higher Education and the present Higher Education. He concluded saying that the commercialization of Higher Education is the major drawback of quality learning.
The conference ended with Ms V. Rajula, Programme Executive, Globethics.net India giving a Vote of Thanks.