'Wealth leading to decline in moral values'

Eighth refresher course on human rights perspectives begins

While people continue to recklessly accumulate wealth, they are failing to inculcate moral values among their children, opined G Haragopal professor in political science, University of Hyderabad.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the eighth refresher course in human rights on ‘Human rights — Issues and perspectives’ organised jointly by UGC-Academic Staff College and department of studies in political science here on Tuesday.

Citing an example of a businessman who had successfully created a huge empire, Haragopal said despite all the wealth, the late businessman’s sons were still fighting with each other.

“What do they do with all the money they get I don’t understand,” he said in an exasperated tone.

“Why is that one human being tries to dominate over another? In other species such things don’t happen. Human beings have a knack of creating problems for themselves,” he added.

Freedom

Discussing about human rights, he said political science needs to delve on issues relating to freedom rather than power.

“Why is it that we are always interested in power? Why not study freedom?” he questioned the participants of the refresher course.

He said it was necessary for the powerful to understand that even other people are equal.

He said rights are relational — how to build a society based on belief? He called upon people to celebrate the regional diversity that the country offers.

Vice-chancellor V G Talawar, Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, Prof G Venkatesh Kumar, chairperson, department of studies in political science, Midatala Ravi and course co-ordinator Muzaffar H Asadi were present.


NAAC scrutiny for colleges

Vice-chancellor of University of Mysore V G Talawar said UGC-Staff Academic Colleges were under the scrutiny by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for the courses that are being offered to participants. He said NAAC was getting in touch with participants directly to receive feedback from them about what they had learnt at the refresher course.

Based on the feedback of participants, NAAC would recommend if the staff academic colleges were still relevant to changes in the present day education system.

Talawar called upon participants to make maximum use of the course by learning from the guest who were providing them with new ideas.

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