Impart Value-Based Education
Dr. Savanam Chandra Sekhar
Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, St. Ann's College of Engineering & Technology, Vetapalem – 523 187, Chirala, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, India e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. R. Emmaniel
Professor and Head, Department of Business Administration, St. Ann’s College of Engineering & Technology, Chirala, Vetapalem – 523 187, Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh, India e-mail: email@example.com
ABSTRACT There is a need for imparting value-based education with a spiritual bent of mind in educational institutions to churn out good citizens. Imbibing the qualities of good conduct, self-confidence and high values would help students earn a significant place in society. Education without values is like a flower without fragrance. Students should realize that character building is equally important as career building. A good character in life is ultimate thing that stretches person’s self-realization. Therefore, students should learn not just from their curriculum, but from other spheres too to widen their knowledge base to emerge as bright citizens of the future. Mere ambition to excel in life was not enough, and value-based education must be imparted to help students emerge as leaders in their chosen fields. This article is useful to educational institutions, government and parents to impart value-based education from all fronts to make good citizens for the nation. Keywords: Career building, character building, educational institution, spiritual bent, valuebased education. INTRODUCTION Education is the vehicle of knowledge, self-preservation and success. Education not only gives a platform to succeed, but also the knowledge of social conduct, strength, character and self respect. The greatest gift education gives is the knowledge of unconditional love and a set of values. These values include the simple difference between right and wrong, a belief in God, the importance of hard work and self respect. Education is a continuous learning experience, learning from people, learning from success and failures, learning from leaders and followers and then growing up to be the person we are meant to be. Value based education is a tool 375 www.hrmars.com
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which not only provides a profession but also a purpose in life. The purpose of life is undoubtedly to know oneself and be ourselves. Hence, it is high time to reconfigure education on the basis of values, since the present day’s system moulds technocrats and individuals but not citizens. An individual thinks about himself, whereas the citizen thinks for society. Elders and teachers should articulate the need to understand the value of human life and the necessity for students to understand the purpose of education respectively. Value based education is a three-fold development of any individual of any gender and age, but most importantly of a child. Education tries to develop three aspects, physique, mentality and character. Even though physique and mentality are important, they are menaces without the third because character is the greatest of these. Greatest value Remembering God was the greatest value that one could possess in his or her life. It is God, the supernatural power, who guides a person in the right direction but not science and technology. A human being is salt of the earth and stand first in society. He is one of the most complex living organisms whose behavior is most unpredictable. A docile person may become a roaring tiger when provoked. He suffers from moods, anxiety and tension. A reasonable person may suddenly become a very difficult person to deal with. That is why some discipline in life...