Teaching with Integrity: Professional Ethics in Higher Education
On 24 February 2020, the Department of English of Scott Christian College in collaboration with Globethics.net India , and the Journal of Dharma: Dharmaram Journal of Religion and Philosophies organised a two day National Seminar for teachers and researchers of higher education on 'Teaching with Integrity: Professional Ethics in Higher Education' in Nagercoil.
With a focus on the need for the inclusion of ethical values in higher education and the need to enhance integrity in the field of research by the researchers of various disciplines, the seminar gathered around 160 members of the faculty and students from multiple institutions from different southern Indian states.
The students' voices from the Department of English opened the ceremony with a song to raise hope and bring together the participants. Dr Moses Ezjil Raj, the Vice-Principal of Scott Christian College, was in charge to welcome and speak on behalf of the college. He highlighted the commitment of the Scott Christian College to transmit values-based education to their students.
The students' needs were address by Prof. Sebastian, Formerly Head of the Department of English, Scott Christian College. He spoke on 'Ethical Moulding of Students' and stressed how ethics helps the students in their day to day life and for a successful future.
'Following Ethics in Real Life' was the title of Dr Amutha Pandian, retired Principal of Nandanam Government Arts and Science College, Chennai and formerly State Coordinator for RUSA, keynote speech. She became a living example for the students at the conference. Faithful to her speech title, she explained how the Scott Christian College taught her high values during her student days and how these have helped her to face the fears and dilemmas that arise when going beyond her comfort zone.
Dr Sinthikeyal, Formerly Principal of Women's Christian College in Nagercoil, spoke on the philosophical stance, humanism, which stress the need for mutual respect and compassion. She talked about ethical ideas based on a religious standpoint and encouraged all the female participants and also enlightened the participants about how patriarchy plotted the societal norms for the benefit of one particular gender.
The second day focused more on the role of education policies and its impact on ethics and higher institutions. Prof. Dr G. M. Joseph Dunston, former vice-chancellor of St. Joseph University in Nagaland, addressed this issue giving an example on 'National Education Policy and its Impact on Campus Ethics'.
The concluding remarks came from Dr Dinakarlal, Rtd Prof. of English, Scott Christian College, stressing on the importance of giving a voice against any ethical disturbances.
During the two-day conference faculty, researcher and students from the participating institutions had the opportunity to present their papers. Around 68 papers were presented on different topics on ethics.