The Human Excellence – Value Education Program was started by KCT in the month of September 2009 with a mission to impart knowledge about Indian culture, ethics, values and spiritual principles in a modern idiom to the youth by employing a scientific and rational approach. It helps the youth to unfold their hidden potentialities and achieve excellence in every field of life. In short, it is an effective human resource development program which can lead to total human fulfilment. Human excellence is indeed the right prescription for the Indian youth today who wish to succeed in a modern, competitive and global environment without losing inner poise and the intrinsic joy of life.
Figure H1 Vision & Mission of the Department of Human Excellence
Department of Human Excellence is having the following facilities through which the value education programs are inculcated to the students (Figure H2).
Swami Vivekananda Study Centre
Swami Vivekananda, the warrior monk is the most inspiring spiritual guru of the previous century. Swami is credited to have bridged the gap between the west and the east. Swami Vivekananda inspires the people especially the youth with his bubbling energy and revolutionary thinking. When the people of India languished in poverty and inaction, he is the one who aroused people into action.
Kumaraguru College of Technology committed to transform the life of the youth, started the Swami Vivekananda Study Centre on 2nd Nov 2011 (Figure H3).
Figure H4 Objectives of Swami Vivekananda Study Centre
Swami Vivekananda Study Centre includes a photo gallery depicting the life and message of Swami Vivekananda, a unique library with about 800 inspiring books on life and works of Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The centre also screens documentary films on Swami Vivekananda, organizes tours to historical places connected with Swami Vivekananda and spreads the messages of Swami Vivekananda in nearby Villages. The centre also conducts activities such as Spoken English Classes, Study Circles, Public Speaking Classes, Hand- Writing & Essay- Writing Classes, Personality Development Classes and competitions like elocution, recitation, Skit, Painting, Singing, etc.
Mahatma Gandhi Study Centre
KCT is not only committed to provide quality technical education but also prepares students for a virtuous life. Swami Vivekananda once said that “Education is not the amount of information that is put into our brain but a life building and a character-building exercise. Mahatma Gandhi is an epitome who lived by the words of Swami Vivekananda. Studying the hallowed life of Mahatma Gandhi itself will inspire youth to pursue a virtuous life Late Arutchelvar Dr. N. Mahalingam, founder of Kumaraguru College of Technology instituted MAHATMA GANDHI STUDY CENTRE (MGSC) on 11th June of 2009 to instil Gandhian thoughts in young minds (Figure H4).
Meditation & Practical Hall
Figure H5 Snapshot of Meditation & Practice Hall
- Hall with an area of 3600 sq. ft.
- Equipped with floor mat and other necessities for Yoga
- Group meditation and Yoga practical can be performed by 150 persons at a time
- Spiritual lectures and Yoga competitions
- Celebration of International Yoga Day on 21st June Yearly
- FDP & Stress relief programs
Gnana Sabai & Dhiyana Mandabam
Focusing one’s mind is an essential element to achieve anything that we desire and meditation is one of the established ways to achieve it. The whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself. The serene, quiet interior of the air-conditioned Dhiyana Mandapam and Gnana Sabai provides just the right environment to all our students, staff and guests to meditate . (Figure H6).
Human Excellence Value Education program is offered to all the B.E. & B.Tech. branches as a mandated course. The value education program is designed for seven semesters starting from the first semester with personal values and concluding in the seventh semester with Global values as follows
- Personal Values in Semester 1
- Interpersonal Values in Semester 2
- Family Values in Semester 3
- Professional Values in Semester 4
- Social Values in Semester 5
- National Values in Semester 6
- Global Values in Semester 7
Workshop Method with Activity Based Learning
To improve the impact and effectiveness of inculcating Values to the young minds, the workshop mode of learning was designed with revamped syllabus and introduced from the year 2017.
Highlights of the workshop mode includes:
- Team of faculty members
- Activity Based Learning
- Consultative Mechanism
- Team Activities and Projects
- Practical Learning
- Outcome Based Education
- No Examination
The pedagogy of Human Excellence Value Education is vibrant and student cantered approach which aids the vision of providing outcome-based man making education. The syllabus is designed as various interesting modes for effective learning which are as follows:
- Team Games
- Practical Sessions
- Guest Lectures
- Book Reading
- Case studies
Activities included in the Workshop
- Collaborative Drawing
- Mannequin Challenge
- Short Film
The AICTE has declared the Human Excellence Value Education as Mandatory for UG programs in all the Engineering Colleges. Besides marching towards reaching the motto of Kumaraguru College of Technology “Character is Life “the Department is a pioneer in fulfilling the norms prescribed by the AICTE for inculcating the universal Human Excellence to the Students.