Panjab University mulls to launch Minor degree in Universal Human Values
The New Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) specifically states that “education is fundamental for achieving full human potential, developing an equitable and just society, and promoting national development”. Keeping in mind the core objective of NEP, a special lecture is being organized in Panjab University on ‘Minor Degree in Universal Human Values’. The lecture will be delivered by Prof Rajneesh Arora, Chairman NCC-IP (AICTE) and member of the working group of AICTE on Universal Human Values. Prof Arora is MD, Amritsar Group of Colleges and is former Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University. The function will be presided over by Prof Renu Vig, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
AICTE has formed a National Coordination Committee for Student Induction (NCC-IP) under Chairmanship of Prof Rajneesh Arora to prepare newly admitted undergraduate students for the new stage in their life by facilitating a smooth transition from their home and school environment into the college and university environment. AICTE with the help of Industry-Academia experts, has framed the curriculum for Minor Degree in Universal Human Values (UHV) to develop teachers, parents and policy makers of tomorrow who will have a humane worldview along with technical skills. UGC has alreadyframedthe guidelines on ‘MulyaPravah- Inculcation of Human Values and Professional Ethics in Higher Education Institutions’.
The faculty members of Panjab University, affiliated colleges of Panjab University and CRIKC Institutes will be attending the lecture. To register for this lecture, the online form https://shorturl.at/aorH9 is required to be filled.
The lecture will be organized on March 27, 2023 (Monday) at Golden Jubilee Hall, Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Professor Renu Vig disclosed that Panjab University intends to initiate a transformation towards holistic and value-based education in accordance with aspirations articulated in NEP 2020 so that University incessantly produces socially responsible and well-rounded graduates with world-class skills. She highlighted that the NEP 2020 gives a clarion call to make the important and urgently required effort for nurturing students to their full human potential, so they can contribute to the development of an equitable and just society and promote national development. Professor Vig further shared that this minor degree course will facilitate developing sufficient number of teachers to impart value-based education right from primary to higher education across the country. It will have a direct impact on desirable, common graduate attributes, enhancing employability in the area of the major degree. Further, in the present state of increasing problems of human-human conflict, global warming and climate change, minor degree in UHV will help prepare the urgently required technical professionals for sustainable and value-based living. Minor Degree will carry 18 to 20 credits in addition to the credits essential for obtaining the Under Graduate Degree in Major Discipline (i.e. 163 credits usually). Senior Professors and Deans of Panjab University, affiliated colleges and CRIKC Institutes are expected to attend this special lecture.