It is well known that the economic progress of any country depends on its natural resources, intellectual resources and financial capital. It is the goal of every country to create wealth and prosperity for its citizens by configuring, combining, developing and leveraging these resources appropriately. The quality of these resources can improve only with education, in general, and higher education, in particular, by playing a crucial role in the country’s war against poverty and obscurantism.

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With nearly 800 universities and over 40,000 colleges with an enrolment of over 33 million, Indian Higher Education System is undoubtedly the largest higher education system in the world. With such explosion in numbers, maintaining high standards remains a challenge. In this context, it was timely that MHRD asked “Association of Indian Universities” to come up with a study on Higher Education. In 2016, the association published a study titled “Regulation of Higher Education in India and Abroad: A study of Select Countries”.

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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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