Foundations for Value Education in Engineering: The Indian Experience

TitleFoundations for Value Education in Engineering: The Indian Experience
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGupta, A
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsConvergence , Curricula , education , ENGINEERING , India , Institutionalization , paradigm , SELF-reliant , Skepticism , student , the
AbstractThe objective of this paper is to discuss some of the foundational issues centering around the question of integrating education in human values with professional engineering education: its necessity and justification. The paper looks at the efforts in 'tuning' the technical education system in India to the national goals in the various phases of curriculum development. The contribution of the engineering profession in national development and India's self-sufficiency is crucially linked with the institutionalization of expertise and the role of morality and responsibility. This linkage can be created through a proper understanding of the social role of the profession-what motivates the professionals and what makes professional life meaningful. Value education facilitates the process of moral maturity and the development of a 'holistic' mindset. This paper deals with the need to create such a mindset, the human values associated with it and gives examples of efforts to impart such education through 'action-oriented' programmes introduced in some institutes of engineering in India. 
NotesGupta, Amitabha 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 503, Whispering Woods, Powai Vihar Complex, Bldg. No. 3, Powai Mumbai 400076 India; Source Info: Apr2015, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p479; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: SKEPTICISM; Subject Term: SELF-reliant living; Subject Term: CURRICULA (Courses of study); Subject Term: EDUCATION; Subject Term: INDIA; Author-Supplied Keyword: Convergence of plurality of motivation; Author-Supplied Keyword: Institutionalization of responsibility: Committed behavior; Author-Supplied Keyword: Paradigm shift in 'professional ethics'; Author-Supplied Keyword: Skepticism about value education; Author-Supplied Keyword: Student engagement through 'action-oriented' programmes; Author-Supplied Keyword: The concept of 'Profession'; Number of Pages: 26p; Document Type: Article