“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
A couple of workshops were held in the formative years of the centre to develop the framework of the curriculum for Value Education module in Engineering Education:
Resource persons from the length and breadth of the country were invited to these workshops. Intensive consultations were held in brainstorming sessions about the structure of the curriculum, and it was decided that a bouquet of 3-4 courses and a summer or winter internship should constitute the Value Education Module for Engineering Colleges across the country.
It was envisaged that there would be a foundation course, which is compulsory for all students, followed by a couple of elective courses and summer / winter internship with a field organization which stands for a set of values.
Three alternative formats were identified for the foundation course, and a few other courses on Traditional Knowledge Systems, Professional Ethics etc. were also designed, with module-wise and lecture-wise details.
In a second workshop held subsequently, the groups prepared detailed teaching materials for the courses and discussed them. Although these efforts were not actively followed up by all universities across the country, a few universities such as the UP Technical University and institutions such as IIIT Hyderabad have taken the lead in implementing the curriculum.
Books have been written, and teacher-training workshops are being regularly organized with help from faculty of the centre.
· A Consultation Meeting with Secretariat for Promotion of Science Religion and Development (Bahai Foundation) to develop strategies for integrating science, development and values was held on 11th November 2005.
· More recently, a Course Development Workshop supported by Quality Improvement Programme : “Creativity, Values and Leadership” was organised between 21st and 22nd September 2007 in which over 50 resource persons participated.