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CODE OF PROFESSIONAL ETHICS

Preamble
Human Values and Ethics define the quality of a person or an organisation or society at large. Practitioners of values and ethics learn these lessons through self-initiated endeavours, through the life experience that is the greatest laboratory of learning, and through the educational institutions, those they attend. Hence, the educational institutions themselves need to be values and ethics personified. It is needless to emphasise that education is the most important pillar of a civilized and dignified society. The entire structure of society or nation depends on the strength of this pillar. If this pillar is strong, society would remain humane and would prosper. If this pillar develops some fractures, the society may enter into sub-human phase. Thus, there is a need to keep emphasising the importance of human values in educational institutions. Human values and ethics are not like motor skills, which once mastered remain with forever. They are not skills, they belong not even to the domain of mere knowledge, they in fact belong to the domain of subtler understanding and practice. Aadi Shankar suggested that subtler aspects of human values need to be nurtured and protected with care, as a mother protects the womb. Values and ethics have nature of camphor – they evaporate if not preserved carefully. Hence there is a need to discuss and streamline the process that helps to infuse the culture of human values and ethics in educational institutions. Knowledge is power but practice and implementation of human values and ethics demand action-orientation, supported with pro-active culture in institutions.The present policy framework reiterates the need and process to create high-quality practices and environment backed with human values and professional ethics in institutions of higher education. In its first part, the document fairly elaborates the objectives and possible outcomes of establishing a value-based environment charged with professional ethics. In the second part, it delves into the conceptual framework of human values and professional ethics. An academic institution is built upon the pillars of various stakeholders. The third part elaborates the value-based and ethical practices of various internal and external stakeholders. The fourth part, while suggesting the operational guidelines, emphasises on the implementation and monitoring of the relevant programmes. Values and ethics need nurturance and fortification. In this light, the last part of the document indicates ways to reinforce the culture of values and ethics in the institutions. Various institutions are encouraged to identify their innovative practices to create such culture.

Objectives:
The objectives of this policy framework to inculcate human values and professional ethics in higher educational institutions are the following:

(1) To reinstate the rich cultural legacy and human values of which we are the custodians
(2) To focus on professional ethics which are broader indicators of desirable actions vis-à-vis undesirable actions.
(3) To lay down broader guidelines of values and ethics for internal and external stakeholders.
(4) To suggest operational guidelines for value-based and ethical practices in the higher educational institutions leading to implementation and monitoring.
(5) To indicate the outcomes of creating a value-based and ethical culture in HEIs.
(6) To suggest indicative reinforcement programmes for nurturing human values and ethics in HEIs.

Outcomes
The first and foremost outcome of this endeavour is to create institutions with the ether of values and ethics. Each of the physical infrastructure, psychological infrastructure, knowledge infrastructure and financial infrastructure needs to be glowing with values and ethical practices. It is crucial to have the big things at place but it is also important to have the smallest things at the place. To create such an environment, following five systems need to be created:(1) The learning process for holistic development (2) Impeccable governance(3) Effective institutional management(4) Well laid system of rewards and chastisement(5) Institutional climate where ‘rights’ enjoy and ‘wrongs’ are discouraged


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Updated on: 18 Apr 2020

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