Sustainable development needs value based education!
Dr. Capt. B. Rajendra Prasad
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Nelson Mandela (Former President of South Africa). In the recent years there have been debates controversy regarding management of higher education institutions so as to improve their efficiency. And this has attracted the attention of academics and researchers in the field of higher education. Since we achieved independence in 1947, our national leaders attached importance to education. There has been steady effort to spread education to all levels of Indian society. India is badly in need of Value Based Education and Teaching System which inculcates among the young students values that they need to imbibe and preserve within them. Value Based Education is the only means which can give to our young the right direction. Value education may be understood as the one which is universally valuable and which is conductive for individual and collective happiness and prosperity in a sustainable way. So the need for value education emerged. Beliefs and understanding are some of the values which are useful to understand value education. Many of the beliefs are false or true which may or may not be true in reality. The human beings have different kinds of beliefs. The man lived like a beast in earlier, he wandered from one place to another place in search of food. Human beings moved from primitive stage to present day of world of modern science and technology. Value education is education with human values which inculcates a holistic perspective of life and its significance. As there has been gross erosion in values over the decades. So values to be propagated and nurtured among the youth. These cannot achieve overnight. Virtue is also a value. According to Socrates virtue was knowledge. By this he wanted to establish that virtue and knowledge go side by side. They could not be separated from each other. Qualities like justice, courage, and self-control were inferior to knowledge. The author of this paper is pursuing PGDHE course, so he wanted to discuss in this paper briefly about values and value based education.