The Human Values Cell tries to achieve two goals
First to help develop the critical ability to distinguish between essence and form, or between what is of value and what is superficial, in life. This ability is to be developed not for a narrow area or field of study, but for everyday situations in life. It covers the widest possible canvas.
The second goal of the course is to draw attention to the fact that discrimination leads to commitment. It is not sufficient to develop the discrimination ability, it is important to act on such discrimination in a given situation. Therefore, experiments or practical’s are important. The difference is that the laboratory is everyday life, and practical’s are how you behave and work in it. One of the foci in the course is or needs to be on observations which are mainly on the self, the other and relationships. Such observations and their analysis would be shared and discussed in the group discussions. Faculty member’s role is in pointing to essential elements to help in sorting them out from the surface elements (in pointing to the basic principles under which incidents take place, so that different incidents can be understood and explained). The group discussions would also provide support to a student in performing actions commensurate to his / her preferences born out of his/ her understanding. Hopefully, this would lead to development of “commitment” for behaving and working based on one’s values.
The cell help students develop sensitivity and awareness: leading to commitment and courage to act on their own belief. It is not sufficient to develop the discrimination ability, it is important to act on such discrimination in a given situation. Knowing or unknowingly, our education system has focused on the skill aspect (learning and doing). It concentrated on providing to its students the skills to do things. In other words, it concentrates on providing “How to do” things. The aspects of understanding “What to do” or “Why something should be done” is assumed. No significant cogent material on understanding is included as a part of the curriculum. A result of this the production of graduates who tend to join into a blind race of wealth that breeds chaos in family, problem in society, and imbalance in nature.
This cell is an effort to fulfil our responsibility to provide our students this significant input about understanding. Cell encourages students to discover what they consider valuable. Accordingly, they should be able to discriminate between valuable and the superficial in real situation in their life. It has been experimented at IITH, IITK and UPTU on a large scale with significant result.
|Name of Faculty||Designation||Department|
|Mr. Kaushal Gupta||Co-ordinator||Applied Science & Humanities|
|Dr. Rajeev Rajput||Member||Applied Science & Humanities|
|Mr. Suneel Agarwal||Member||Electronics & Communication Engineering|