NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR VALUE EDUCATION AND ETHICAL LEADERSHIP (`NAPVEL`)
What is (`NAPVEL`) ?
National Programme for Value Education and Ethical Leadership (`NAPVEL`) is a youth development project of Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust, Chennai.
It seeks to achieve emotional and spiritual integration of our Nation by grooming and cultivating a fresh and new generation of youngsters across the various states of our country by imparting to them intense orientations on value education and instilling in them ethical leadership qualities and a nationalistic attitude.
How does (`NAPVEL`) plan to achieve the goal ?
This programme (`NAPVEL`) seeks to adopt a two pronged attempt to generate an all-round awareness and understanding for a quantum elevation in the standards of thoughts, ideals, aspirations and ambitions of our next generation of youngsters by the `bottom-up` and the `top-down` approach.
The `bottom-up` approach involves supplementing and complimenting all the existing levels of education for our youngsters with additional contents of soft qualities and attributes of value based moral educations to refine their personality and upgrade their character with a passionate commitment for public spiritedness, inclusiveness, trustworthiness, truth, integrity ,harmony ,compassion and concern for fellow men.
They will be explained about the greatness of the role models of our ancient culture and the various strong edification of ideal personality qualities as enunciated in our greatest religious scriptures and inspiring stories of the heroes from our national epics.
The biographies of the noble historical personalities of our land from the various provinces will be passionately narrated to them using modern audio visual tools for nurturing the youngsters into worthy, patriotic and proud citizens of our Nation.
The key objective is to re-charge and re-invigorate the foundations of the value system of the Society through the ignition of the minds of these impressionable aged youngsters with strong and time tested positive ideas and concepts and sending them as the message carriers to influence back the larger circle in their respective homes and schools . The `top-down` approach involves imparting the finest leadership qualities, communication skills in public speaking and debating and personality development traits and instill an inclusive and compassionate national vision to the senior set of students as identified potential leaders of the youth sections of the society across the country.
The design of the syllabus will give strong emphasis on adherence to the moral and ethical standards in public life, handling ethical dilemmas, enlargement of the mental horizons of the youngsters by giving historical perspectives to their understandings of the various current socio-economic and political issues at the national and the international levels and their related under-current streams of thoughts and causes and the achievements of the post independent Indian leaderships in the various disciplines.
The concern areas in the current leadership qualities and attributes in all spheres in our country and how they need to prepare themselves for correcting them and imbibe the right values, beliefs and ethics will be discussed to them and they will be guided to develop the necessary clarity to adopt a unified, inclusive, nationalistic approach in resolving all the existing contentious issues effectively.
They will be given intense coaching on the strategies for overcoming and surmounting the probable resistance of the vested interests in perpetuating the present divisions of the national society on caste, linguistic, regional or religious basis now for meeting with their narrow short term selfish interests. The duties and obligations of the citizens and the leaderships in a functional but imperfect democracy like ours and their rights and responsibilities of both these sections for reflecting and implementing the true aspirations of the Society will be one focus area for deep deliberation.
Further, the respect for the sovereignty of the Constitution and equality of the rule of law for all citizens and the need to exercise moderation in the assertion of those rights and freedoms so that they are not abused or misused as licenses to flout all norms by the use of money, muscle or authoritarian powers will be the other prime thrust of the courses in both.
Active participation in identified local community service camps for a few days will be compulsory to instill in both the sections of youths the qualities of nobility and dignity of labour and the spirit of unselfish service for the cause of the country.
Thus on an over-all basis, these courses will be designed for grooming the potential leaders for invigorating the Nation, charging it with unified spirit of patriotism and self- pride and thus enabling them for taking it forward to great leadership positions in the next few decades.
Who are expected to benefit ?
The courses on Value Education are meant for the youngsters in the age group 10 to 15 and the courses on the Ethical Leadership are designed for the youths of either gender in the age group 16 to 25.The programme plans to run summer camps and vacation batches of four weeks durations for a selected band of about twenty five boys and girls in each of the batches, selected on the
basis of observed potential leadership qualities as nominated by the heads of their respective educational institutions across the country.(Totally fifty youngsters in both camps together per year per city.)
Each of the summer camps of the Ethical Leadership courses will necessarily be a mixture of students from all states together under one roof for facilitating their unified fellowships and for exchanging their perspectives and bring a bondage of a widened vision amongst them with a feeling of oneness and unity as Indians.
These residential summer camps are planned to be held by trained and experienced faculties at twenty selected major state capitals and cities across the country every year for extending the benefits of its services to the selected youth sections from the whole nation.
The potentials of leadership and merit as revealed by the students in their previous accomplishments at their respective educational establishments and hence recommended by their heads will be the sole and the strict criteria for their selection for participation
in these camps.
Beautifully designed certificates will be awarded to each of the participating youngster at an impressive cultural function at the end of each of these camps to enable them to cherish the memories of this warm experience of these camp days for their entire life.
What are the steps in organizing the planned programme (`NAPVEL`)?
The steps involve,
- Formation of a panel of advisors from amongst national level eminent educationist, jurists, ex-civil servants, police officials, vice-chancellors / professors, journalists and business leaders and evolve a syllabus for the above two intense short-term curriculum in these courses.
- Identifying and empanelling teachers/professors, trainers and administrators from across the country for implementing this programme (No. of planned trainers on an all India basis -120).
- Organizing one week residential camps for `Training the Trainers` to prepare them for running this special programme at four selected regional cities.
- Commencing the summer camp training for the training for the youngsters (Planned number of members of the youth is around 1000 for both the courses together per year to be trained on all India basis in the major cities from the year 2008 onwards).
The services of the selected trainers and administrators are planned to be utilized on the basis of due remunerations on actual days of work basis for these camps.The entire to and fro travel expenses from their homes and / or home states to the camps, accommodation, food and recreation expenses for all the students (boys and girls separately) for the total number of days during these camps are planned to be entirely borne by the (`NAPVEL`) organizers themselves to ensure that this factor never comes in the way for reaching the benefit of these specially packaged courses to any of the deserving and meritorious potential leaders of our Country.
(`NAPVEL`) hereby invites all the enlightened citizens of our country in their individual capacities, the Corporate citizens, NGOs, service oriented organizations such as Rotary International, Lions International, Jaycees and all other organizations and institutions adopting progressive principles to join hands with it in this endeavor to generate a new class of citizens and young leaders in the various states of the country, who will be the torch bearers for taking our Nation to great strides in the next couple of decades.
The planned costs of this youth development project of (`NAPVEL`) is a mammoth one and it can be implemented successfully only by the active co-operation, support and participation of a large number of public-spirited, patriotic and nationalist minded
citizens and Organizations who need to come forward to contribute generously for this noble cause.
The donations can be by cheque / D.D, in the name of Sri Ramanuja Mission Trust A/C `NAPVEL` and they are exempted under Section 80G.