A value-based education a demand for Indian universities
Ethics is embedded in human life; humanity's greatest achievements are founded on ethical values and serve to protect and preserve the future well-being of society. There is a need to create a moral compass in the life of teaching professionals and educational institutions.
Globethics.net India, together with Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, Journal of Dharma organised a two-day conference on the need for the inclusion of value-based education in Indian higher education. The Andhra University in Vishakapatnam, India held the event from 25 till 26 October 2019. Around 130 members attended the conference, mainly faculty and students from Andhra University although some other educational institutions were represented.
Dr George Victor, the Former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University and Adikavi Nannaya University, delivered a brilliant lecture on the current status of Higher Education in India and put forth various ideas for an improved higher education model in universities across India.
The conference floor was particularly attracted by Dr Sreenivasan session on Ethics in Education as a catalyst for social progress. Dr Sreenivasan, Vice Principal of Andhra University Law College with an impressive background on ethics, successfully synthesis the multidisciplinary approach to the topic at hand. The result was a wealthy conversation with the participants, who actively questioned the speaker resolving all their doubts about the issue.
Ms Rajula, the Programme Executive of Globethics.net India, presented Globethcs.net, its work on Ethics in Education and particularly how it can be adapted for India. She also stressed the importance of Ethics for Humans through Education.
The Former Regional Director of Globethics.net India and now Professor of Ethics at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram showcased different ethical practices he witnesses during his career to the participants. He highlighted the need to embed values through education and develop mutual respect and compassion, especially in today's time.
Another interactive session was the one delivered by Rev. Dr Prof. Fr. Paulachan Kochappilly, CMI, Professor of Ethics, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore and Former Regional Director Globethics.net India. He spoke on 'Ethics in Education". His session was fully interactive, and he made the participants understand the different ethical practices which he could witness during his being there at Andhra University. His talk mainly focussed on the need for embedding ethical values through education and developing mutual respect and compassion, especially in today's time. He also talked about a values-based education within Globethics.net framework.
During the conference, research scholars and postgraduate students from various institutions, including the organiser, presented fifteen papers. The topics ranged from 'Literature as a source of ethics' to 'Ethics and Technology'.
The participants, in general, agreed on the increasing need for ethical education in science, humanities, arts, and information technology, etc.
The seminar highlighted the shortcomings and lack of ethical education in our schools and universities and the discussions illuminated the need for change.