At present, not all prospective graduates, particularly engineering graduates, are able to find gainful employment on account of lack of desired skills as reported in different surveys. However, these surveys do not mention which of the desired skills is not possessed by the graduates. In grappling with this situation, it is appropriate here to point out that students come into institutions with various levels of aptitudes owing to different reasons.

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People’s Education Society (PES) was established in 1972 with a vision to create a professionally superior and ethically strong global workforce. PES has established PES University, under Karnataka Act No. 16 of 2013, as a State Private University on November 19, 2013 as per notification of Government of Karnataka.

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There has never been a point in history that the humankind has never truly been free from intrusions which may turn out to be distractions / additive behavioral tendencies. The intrusions were in the form of relatives, radios, paper mail or others.

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History is knowing about past events within their context and using it as a guide to the present and direct / lead / guide the future. It provides a perspective to deal with the problems of the present. The events that have actually occurred are evidenced by dates and specifics. It is a new knowledge gained from past issues and matters which are largely evidential. Let us see what sense of history means to people from different walks of life:

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The mission statement of PES University states ‘…commitment to Law and Morality…’. What does this really mean? What is its real significance? Is it something that we should really give a thought to or is it so intuitively obvious that we just glance at it, give a cursory reading and move on?

Commitment to law means following the law of the land. Everything we do should be within the boundaries of the law enacted by the local government and the law has evolved over a long period of time.

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UNDERSTANDING OF VALUES AND ETHICS
VALUES – Values are things that one believes in and are important for guiding one’s life and work. They are beliefs that define what is acceptable and what is not to an individual or an organization. They are beliefs that we live by. Values such as honesty, integrity, truth, and punctuality define desirable behavior in a society. In addition to such personal values, organizations may have values such as gender equality, equal opportunity for all and meritocracy that define what they stand for.

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How have teaching and learning changed over the ages? Are we using the right mix of teaching methodologies to make our students learn what we want them to learn? What is the ‘mixed model’ of teaching-learning? Some of these questions are answered below.

The Latin word Educate means “to draw out”.

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Early experiences of PES University are sketched here and the journey has been worth every minute.

Importance of higher education and research – The economic progress of any nation is determined by its natural resources, intellectual resources and financial resources. These resources should be appropriately utilized to create wealth and prosperity for its citizens.

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We live today in an academic world like never before. There was a time when academicians were those people with long beards, surrounded by stacks of dis-organized books and equipment strewn all around, teaching with passion or doing experiments in long white coats, with no desire for any material things. That imagery has changed a lot. The demands on academics and academicians are much more complex.

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