Not many people know that at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), it is obligatory for the new students to join the course on human values that aims to fortify the minds of students with moral values and optimism.
It has proved to be not only interesting, but also meaningful. Thanks to PAU vice-chancellor BS Dhillon, who is the brain child behind starting this course in 2012.
The course is being run by PAU’s College of Home Science in its department of human development that was introduced to the college in 1975.
Human development department head Jatinder Gulati said, “Keeping in mind, the declining moral values and rising materialism among youth, PAU is the maiden agricultural university that has taken an initiative to start a course on human values that is being pursued by 500 students currently.”
Gulati said, “Although the course is imparted only in one semester that lasts for six months, it has received huge appreciation from the students due to its interactive teaching methods on various subjects of human life.
Classes that are held twice a week for about two hours per day remain flooded with topics, like imbibing moral values, team spirit, managing stress, emotions, anger, harmonising relations at work and home and much more.”
She said lectures from renowned speakers, including leading writers, psychiatrists that were held once a week were a big hit among the students as at the end of the session, discussion on the same topic was also held. Apart from that students are suggested to read various special columns and magazines that stress on being positive, Gulati added.
To throw light on the faculty for the course, Gulati said, “Professors from various departments come forward to teach various aspects of human values.
We invite all teachers to put their best foot forward to teach different values and lessons through various experiences tasted by them in their personal or work life.”
She said, “During the initial days of this programme, as no examination was conducted for it, thus students did not take the course seriously.
Most of them remained absent, but soon written and practical examination culture was introduced. Since, then both attendance and enthusiasm among students never came down.”
A student said, “Learning human values often reminds me of moral science classes during school days. I feel it is need of the hour for today’s generation to go through such courses, as these days youth are going far away from basic moral principles of life.”
Jaswinder Kaur Sangha, dean, Home Science College, said, “PAU is being lauded for this course not only by its own students and faculty, but by all guest speakers, who are invited every week from different parts of the country to deliver lectures.”