UGC to introduce new standards on values and work ethics in universities
He will also call on student and staff unions to “support the administration for a just and timely decision” and to “raise legitimate issues in a dignified manner.”
At a Commission meeting held on March 10, the UGC approved revised guidelines on “Mulya Pravah – Inculcation of Human Values and Professional Ethics in Institutions of Higher Education” which advises the same.
The same should be communicated this week to all institutions for possible implementation by all stakeholders involved – from students to university administration and teachers.
The new guidelines suggested trainings and workshops for students, sensitization program on human values and professional ethics, active participation of students in national programs such as Fit India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Jal Sanrakshan Abhiyan in plus engagement with NGOs and similar social organizations. The guidelines further call for ethical and human thoughts and edifications to be displayed in public places and also placed in all official correspondence.
There are also value-based to-dos identified for all stakeholders in the guidelines that will be released this week.
For example, students were instructed to follow university rules, practice punctuality, respect and care for institutional property, observe modesty in their general appearance and demeanor, and behave with dignity around teachers, staff and other students in addition to ensuring gender sensitivity, maintaining academic integrity. etc
Teachers, on the other hand, were asked to serve as role models – “by displaying good conduct, setting an exemplary standard of dress, speech and behavior for students” in addition to guiding and mentoring all students without any discrimination.
Academic administration such as vice-chancellors have been called upon to provide “academic and executive leadership based on inspiring and motivating values”, to act with the highest degree of ethics and decision-making in the best interest of institute and to act as “agents of social change for national development”.
They also stress that constitutional values must be imbued in everyone’s mind and that citizens must also be made aware of the uses and abuses of fundamental rights.
The guidelines have been revised in line with the new National Education Policy 2020 which has advocated curricula and pedagogy to develop in students a deep sense of respect for fundamental duties and constitutional values in addition to creating links with its country, and a conscious awareness of its roles and responsibilities in a changing world.