The true value of values

There two boys who were very close friends, one being very rich and the other who was from poor background. The rich boy had all the valuable things in life, while the other friend had nothing and the things he valued were simply the material things that his friend had. Among these was a watch that his friend used to wear, which he bravely asked for and the rich friend gave him. Now when the father of the poor boy saw this watch, he remembered all the valuable things that he had given to his son. He remember respect, trustworthy, determination, patience, commitment, love, responsibility, compassion, peace, and nowhere in his mind did he find the point where he had given his son a watch as a valuable. The son upon seeing his father’s look on his face, he also had been reminded that the values his father had given him were even more valuable than the watch. In simple words he realised how true value is what remains when all the material things are taken away.

A sociologist by the name of Emile Durkheim once said “a school or a university is a like a society in miniature”. In these words he simply meant that Universities are supposed to play the very same role society plays towards children. Thus apart from imparting the curricular form of education, Universities have the duty and obligation to teach the students, morals, ethics and above all values. It is only when this is fulfilled when the actual process of education would be gratified as a success. Thus success when it comes to education, does not only mean academic excellence but it also includes humane excellence.

Engineering has been known all throughout history to be more of a technical subject, as it takes a scientific approach to everything. In other words human feeling, emotion and empathy have not been associated with this field. The ideology noted above, has proven to be very accurate in regards to most of the Universities, however the same cannot be said for Parul University Institute of Engineering Technology and this is the sole reason that makes it one of the top institutions in India. The teaching process carried out by the best and most skilled lecturers of Parul University is one that focuses on imparting not only the education, but also imparting values within the students. For when you give an engineer an education with values, she will in return know how to put value in everything she creates.

Many times students get enrolled in a particular course without the full knowledge of what exactly they wish to archive in the society. This is one academic problem that the Institute of Engineering Technology of Parul University has for the longest time sought to resolve within the field of technical education, in order to produce the best and well trained engineers. It does so by making use of various forms of practical learning processes, such as the induction process. This is whereby first year students, upon their point of admission, camp out in particular village areas so as to study the conditions under which the villagers live. The main agenda behind this practise is to make the students understand the way of life of these people so as to find the best ranked solutions to their social problems through the use of technology.

The best way to learn, is not in being taught but rather in doing what you are taught. This is one of the main guiding principles of Parul Institute of Engineering Technology that awards students with the top most practical education among the hundreds in the world. Students venture into a plethora of practical lessons fostered and funded by the University so as to equip them with the necessary hands on experience. This is evidenced by one of the greatest technology symposiums annually held in Parul University known as projections. The idea behind this annual festival, is to make engineers project what is in their minds into reality, for in the mind lies the greatest form of creativity, which only comes out when the student is best exposed. Because of the need to harness this creativity, the Institute through its highly inspired faculties has designed the curriculum in such a manner that allows flexibility. In other words a kind of curriculum set to blend with the value system of each and every student in their diversity. This has led to the formulation of charity initiatives such as “Happy Giving” where the engineering students with a warm heart cater for not only the technical needs of society, but also show love, care, compassion for the under privileged people.

Parul Institute of Engineering Technology functions with the ideology that when you teach an engineer values, every time he looks at useless scraps of metal, he will see value within them, he will see an ability to transform them into something that can change the lives of many, something that is valued. Maximum optimisation of resources only happens when the best is made out of the little things society has to offer, the ability to see value within these little things only comes when the student is taught values. Therefore when values are valued, then society is made better.

By Dr Unnati Pandya

 

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Dr. Unnati A Joshi has completed her Ph.D. in the field of Design of Nanocomposites from Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology,Roorkee in the year 2012. She has a total 16 years of Teaching, Research and academic administration experience. She has taught a no. of subjects of Mechanical engineering at UG and PG level. She has guided 08 ME dissertations and number of projects at undergraduate level. To her credit, she haspublished several papers in various International journals and conferences of high repute, including Elsevier and ASME. She has worked as an invited member for Syllabus review committee at university level,an invited reviewer for PhD program at GTU and other universities, session chair at international conferences andjury member for various technical events organized at university level. Dr. Unnati has also delivered expert talks in the field of Nanotechnology at various academic Institutions.

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