Seminar Report Nov 2014

October 5, 2017 | Autor: Bhowmick Soma | Categoria: Sociology of Education
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William Carey University Report of the Seminar on Back to the Roots: Revisiting Value Education for Productive Life 18 and 19 November 2014 Venue: Bharat Scouts and Guides Conference Hall, Pine – Mount Ridge, Shillong, Meghalaya. Supported by ICSSR – NERC & The ACTS Group of Institutions, Bangalore The William Carey University, Shillong organized a seminar on Back to the Roots: Revisiting Value Education for Productive Life on 18 and 19 November at Bharat Scouts and Guides Conference Hall, Pine-Mount Ridge, Shillong, Meghalaya. The Seminar was well attended and participated by the members of the public which included professionals from various government departments, community workers from civil society organizations, religious organizations, students, faculty members from other educational institutions from Shillong and its out skirts. The process of registration began as invited guests and participants began to trickle in. Registration was free for all. All present were welcomed with hot cups of tea, cakes and cookies which served as a warm up to the beginning of the Seminar.

The Banner of the Inaugural Function

The Seminar Registration Corner

Arrival of the Chief Guest Sri. Sanjay Goyal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya Inaugural Function: The Inaugural Function of the Seminar began with opening words by the Seminar Coordinator, Dr. Soma Bhowmick, Asst. Prof. in Political Science and Research Coordinator, William Carey University. She said that the seminar organized by William Carey University, Shillong, on Back to the Roots: Revisiting Value Education for Productive Life also commemorates the birth anniversary of the first Education Minister of Independent India, Bharat Ratna, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad which falls on the 11 of November every year. His contribution to establishing the education foundation in India is recognized by celebrating his birthday as "National Education Day" across India.

The Copy of the slide that was shown at the Inaugural Function of the Seminar

Dr. B. W. Nongbri, Registrar, William Carey University formally welcomed the Chief Guest, Sri. Sanjay Goyal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya and all participants of the seminar.

Welcome address by Dr. B.W. Nongbri, Registrar Key Note address by Prof. Paul Mohan Raj A welcome song was presented by the students of the University. After the formal felicitation of the Chief Guest; the Seminar Coordinator, introduced the broad theme of the Seminar, the other sub themes and the structure of the two day seminar proceedings to be followed.

Chief Guest addressing the seminar Prof. Paul Mohan Raj, Vice Chancellor, William Carey University, delivered the Keynote address on Revisiting Value Education for Holistic Development and Productive Life of Students. Prof Paul Mohan Raj spoke about the current crisis of values in the society, thus the need to reintroduce value based education. The concept of value education he said is fundamentally character formation and personality development. Value education should be deliberately and

consciously taught within any subject, he emphasized. Value education when imparted results in the development of honesty, sincerity, gratitude, selflessness, obedience and self control in joy and suffering he accentuated.

Welcome song by WCU students

Chief Guest being felicitated

The Key Note address was followed by the speech of the Chief Guest, Sri. Sanjay Goyal, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. He focused on the ideals enshrined in the Preamble to the Constitution of India, i.e. Justice, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and how a fissure has set in the societal stratum of the modern Indian society, hence the need to go back to the roots. Value education need to have a universal approach, he emphasized, involving parents, teachers, and policy makers. Besides struggling with pass percentages, one should particularly look at the different aspects - such as student-parent relationship, teacher - student relationship to better understand value education. As in previous seminars organized by the William Carey University singing the National Anthem has always been an integral part and has now developed into a tradition. This time too it was no different, all present were requested to rise to sing the National Anthem. A group photo was organized outside the main Conference hall with the Chief Guest.

Group Photo with the Chief Guest of the Inaugural Function of the Seminar First Technical Session: The first session of the seminar was moderated by Dr. B.W. Nongbri, Registrar, William Carey University. The session consisted of presentations made by Sri. Toki Blah, President, Informed Conscious and Responsible Existence (ICARE), Shillong on Value Education that Promotes Ethical Accountability and by Dr. T. Kumari Bamon, Head of the Department, English, English and Foreign Languages University, Shillong Campus on The Significance of Value Education for Conflict Resolution.

Sri. Toki Blah speaking at the seminar

Dr. T. Kumari Kharbamon presenting

Sri. Toki Blah in his presentation attempted to present a profile of education in the present context. Education, he said, has to be seen, comprehended and understood in its larger and more holistic context. Education he argued is not simply a degree on a piece of paper. Education should convey a person’s ability to socialize with grace. There are certain values and principles of life that add meaning and sense to the whole issue of living. Shorn of these principles; devoid

of such values, life within its social context can often become difficult, strenuous and a positive drag. This often results in dysfunctional individuals, families or communities. Mr. Toki Blah attempted to question the credibility of our education system.

Dr. Bamon in her talk said that the academic world is formally the canvass of a positive, harmonious discipline is gradually becoming a space of conflict and unpleasant encounters. Classrooms today are multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual and can therefore depict a picture of a devaluation of values and be the genesis of ethnic and identity conflicts. Teachers play a very important role in promotion of values within the community and society in general and the classroom in particular. However before they can do that teachers, she said, need to reflect critically on the values that they uphold. Keeping in mind the challenges of the present scenario, teachers she felt should be equipped and trained to reflect on their own value systems so they can serve as springboards towards the development of values in their own classroom contexts. Second Technical Session:

Dr. Darilang Shullai conducting the second Technical Session In the post – lunch the second technical session of the seminar was moderated by Dr. Darilang Shullai, Secretary, Managing Committee, Shullai Progressive School, Mawroh. Presentations in this session were made by Sri. Carmo Noronha, Secretary, Bethany Society, Shillong on Value Education for the Market Place and by Sri. Sadon K Blah, Lecturer, Seng Khasi College,

Shillong& General Secretary, Hynniewtrep National Youth Front on The Productive Impact of Value Education in Youth Movements. Carmo Noronha in his talk covered a wide range of topics - business ethics, profit and non profits outfits and social enterprise. He said that Ideas are the currency of the 21st century where they are generated in the mind and translated into successful enterprises. He also said that to be a good leader one needs to be mindful and we can only assess ourselves as great if we achieve our mission. Sri. Sadon K. Blah argued that the subject value education has come to acquire increasing prominence in educational discussions at all levels during recent times in India. Sri. Blah said that we are living in the age of what C.B Macpherson calls the Market Society, and the problem is how we adjust our value system in this predominant idea of market society and how do we learn to differentiate between a Man of values and a Man of practicalities. The ideology that determines our life and perspectives today, Sri. Blah, siad, is Capitalism and that also we are living with the idea of Democracy. Democracy and capitalism have lead to growing conflict of interest’s demands and counter demands, it is this conflict of interests and demands and counter demands that bring in the issue of struggle on different issues addressed by the youth across the world. Sri. Blah stressed on the need to consider the Significant Others.

Sri. Carmo Noronha

Sri. Sadon K. Blah

The education system, Sri. Blah felt is one that produces only literate persons not an educated person. In short it can be said that many of the youth movements that has taken place are guided by the ideal of what is achievable rather than the ideals of Universal values. He expressed a strong need to relook into the reasons of the decline of values in our personal and collective conducts.

The day one of the seminar came to a close with the summing up of the day’s proceedings by Dr. Soma Bhowmick, the Seminar Coordinator.

Third Technical Session: The third technical session was held on the second day of the seminar on Wednesday 19 November 2014. The session was moderated by Dr. Maitreyee Roy, Asst. Professor, Environmental Management, William Carey University. In this session Dr. (Smt.) Prachi Ghildayal, Asst. Professor, Psychology, North East Regional Institute of Education, Umiam, Meghalaya presented her talk on The Constructive Role of Value Education in Schools for Enhancing Juvenile Propriety.

Dr. Prachi Ghildayal and Dr. Maitreyee Roy

Dr. Ghildayal speaking at the seminar

Dr. Ghildayal in her presentation highlighted the role of Value Education in schools as a means for all round development of the child which includes the sense of propriety, humaneness, caring for others including the environment. She stated that values are something that cannot be imposed, but they have to be internalized and that they can be imparted only if they are part of

us. Hence, values and culture, she stated, have to be seen together in order to make the role of value education truly constructive. Fourth Technical Session:

Session Moderator, Sri. Zulfi Ali flanked by Sri. Paramjit Singh Bakhshi and Dr. (Smt.) Subrata Purukayastha The fourth session was moderated by Sri. Zulfi Ali, Director, Grace City, who is also a Member, Board of Management, William Carey University. Talks were delivered in this session by Dr. (Smt.) Subrata Purukayastha, Asst. Professor, Deptt. of Geography, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong on Value Education in the Perception of Gender and Women’s Empowerment and by Sri. Paramjit Singh Bakshi, Life Skill Trainer & Columnist on Value Education for People Centered Politics and Altruistic Governance. Dr. Subrata Purukyastha’s presentation on Value Education in the Perception of Gender and Women’s Empowerment highlighted the gender role in a traditional Indian society, subjugation of women, how it is changing (through policy intervention) over time as reflected by the literacy and economic empowerment of women. She also drew attention to the role of value education in changing gender perception so as to realize women empowerment which is one of the vital goals of gender parity and women empowerment in India. There is a need for sensitizing the society on issues pertaining to gender parity.

Sri Paramjit Singh Bakshi in his paper tried to explore the different types of values such as personal values, shared, societal, religious and organizational and see which types of values are

essential for people centred politics and altruistic governance. He also highlighted that values changes with time and whether there are any values which are timeless. He also stated on how one can help in evolving values which are timeless.

Dr. Subrata Purukayastha

Sri. Paramjit Singh Bakshi

Fifth Technical Session: The fifth technical session was addressed by Smt. L. Kamei, Manager, Meghalaya Rural Development Society, on Value Education and People’s Participation in Civic and Community Wellbeing. The session was moderated by Dr. Gita Pyal, Asst. Professor, Sociology.

Dr. Gita Pyal and Smt. L. Kamei

Smt. L. Kamei speaking at the Seminar

Smt. Kamei, highlighted on how education can act as agents of change in society, and that value education is a tool that provides not only a profession but one’s purpose in life. She also stressed on the importance of participation in society and stresses on awareness building and sensitization, as well as the concept of accepting and acknowledging one in society. She also emphasized that if one starts to mobilize young people early, one can stimulate their active

engagement in all forms of participatory civic movement for the well being of the community. The school and religious institution are only part of the incubation period of participation in a later stage, she pointed out.

Sixth Technical Session: The Seminar Coordinator, Dr. Soma Bhowmick, Asst. Professor, Political Science and the Research Coordinator, William Carey University moderated the sixth and the last session of the seminar. In the session a talk was delivered by Sri. Vivek Syiem, Meghalaya Police Service, Superintendent of Police, Shillong City on Value Education in Leadership Competencies for Law Enforcement Authorities that Guarantees Personal, Organizational and Public Integrity. At the end of the sixth session and after a well deserved tea break in a wintry November afternoon, Valedictory Function ensued.

Sri. Vivek Syiem, Superintendent of Police,

The Last Session in progress

Shillong City He stated that there is no proper system in the society, resulting in the increase in crime rate and the police force is hard pressed to keep a check on them. The value system that prevails looks at something that is perceptive. He stated that the entire problem is educational. The education system is making people literate and not educated; hence the value system needs to be real. Crime is seen as more of a social problem. The value system that prevails needs to be interconnected. He also spoke at length about the rising rate of cyber crimes in Meghalaya that perpetrators trap people by using Social Media sites as the Face Book etc.

Valedictory Function:

Dr. Alicia Gatphoh, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, Shillong, Chief Guest, Valedictory Function flanked by Dr. B.W. Nongbri and Prof. Paul Mohan Raj

The Valedictory Session was chaired by Dr. B.W. Nongbri, Registrar, William Carey University. The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Function was Dr. Alicia Gatphoh, Vice Chancellor, ICFAI University, Shillong. The students presented another lovely number after the introduction and the felicitation of the Chief Guest. The Rapporteur’s report was prepared conjointly by Smt. Jemima Marak, Smt. Pdianghunshisha Lyngkhoi and Ms. Ruth Ibameri Kharbamon, PhD and IRP (Integrated Research Program) scholars respectively of William Carey University. The report was presented by Ruth Ibameri Kharbamon. The Chief Guest, Dr. Alicia Gatphoh, in her speech thanked the William Carey University for conducting such valuable seminar on a relevant topic as Value Education. She advised seminar attendees to keep in mind the pressures put on children by the parents which the young minds are unable to handle, hence bringing stress and depressions and many times leading to aggressive behavior and suicide. She suggested that education and awareness programs be conducted even for the parents with regards to respecting their children’s desires and aspirations. Parents need to value the child, his identity and his talents. She emphasized the idea that value based education need to go beyond academics.

Teachers need to rise above prejudice, discrimination and partiality in teaching values to students as an exemplary models. She also spoke about the Capability Approach. The concluding remarks were given by Prof. Paul Mohan, Vice Chancellor, William Carey University. He beautifully summed up the central theme of the seminar. He remarked that society today lacks strong sense of justice said that love as a principle comes in short supply. Therefore, people need to feel how other person feels and not feel without heart. The Vice Chancellor expressed that value of looking at other people’s feeling needs to be inculcated in people’s lives. The ability to give to others is an important value that needs to be stressed over and over in the home and institutions without fail.

Dr. Gatphoh being felicitated

Ruth Kharbamon reading the Rapporteur’s Report

The Rapporteurs: Smt. Jemima Marak, Smt. Pdianghunshisha Lyngkhoi and Ms. Ruth Ibameri Kharbamon

Dr. Alicia Gatphoh

Concluding Remarks by the Vice Chancellor

The Seminar Coordinator, Dr. Soma Bhowmick, offered the Vote of Thanks. She said that an event like this could not happen overnight. The wheels start rolling months ago. It requires planning and a bird’s eye for details.

Vote of Thanks by the Seminar Coordinator

The Seminar Coordinator offered the Vote of Thanks detailing the activities and role of all involved in the success of the seminar which maintained an almost impeccable timing. Having thanked the sponsors of the seminar, Indian Council for Social Science Research – North Eastern Regional Centre and ACTS group of Institutions, Bangalore, Karnataka, the Seminar Coordinator said that she had also been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated colleagues from William Carey University, who know their job and are result oriented. The Seminar on Back to the Roots: Value Education for Productive Life organised by William Carey University, Shillong concluded on a positive note by rendering the National Anthem and a parting group photograph with the Chief Guest.

The Final Group Photograph

Active Participation and Interaction at the Seminar

They said that the food was delicious!!!

************************** Report compiled by: Dr. Soma Bhowmick, Seminar Coordinator

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