Code of Professional Ethics

Code of Professional Ethics prescribed / suggested by HP Government and Directorate of Higher Education, HP

Introduction:

The main purpose of education is to create skills, grasp knowledge, and spread awareness about our glorious national heritage. The values enshrined in our constitution lay stress on attaining basic scientific outlook & commitment to the ideals of patriotism, democracy, secularism, socialism, and peace. Education should strive for academic excellence and progress of the arts andsciences in conformity with our national needs and priorities.The Code of Professional Ethics inthe college provides aframework of principles to guide in discharging their obligations towards students, parents,colleagues and community. Increased awareness of the ethical principles governing the teachingprofession is essential to ensure ‘professionalism’ among teachers.

PREAMBLE

Recognizing:
(i) that every child has a fundamental right to education of good quality;
(ii) that every child has an inherent potential and talent;
(iii) that education should be directed to the all-round development of the human personality;
(iv) thatthe need for developing faith in the guiding principles of our polity, viz., democracy, social justice, and secularism;
(v) thatthe need to promote through education the concept of composite culture of India and a sense of national identity;
(vi) that teachers, being an integral part of the social milieu, share the needs and aspirations of the people;
(vii) thatthe need to enhance self-esteem of teachers;
(viii) thatthe need to organize teaching as a profession for which expert knowledge, specialized
skills and dedication are pre-requisites;
(ix) that the community respect and support for the teachers are dependent on the teachers’ professionalism; and
(x) thatthe need for self-direction and self-discipline among members of the teaching community.

Code of Professional Ethics inthe college is an attempt to provide direction and guidance to the teachers in enhancing the dignity of their professional work.

Obligations towards Students:

Teacher:
(i) Treats all students with love and affection.
(ii) Respects the value of being just and impartial to all students irrespective of their caste, creed, religion, sex, economic status, disability, language, and place of birth.
(iii) Facilitates students’ physical, social, intellectual, emotional, and moral development.
(iv) Respects basic human dignity of the child in all aspects of school life.
(v) Makes planned and systematic efforts to facilitate the child to actualize his/her potential and talent.
(vi) Transacts the curriculum in conformity with the values enshrined in the Constitutionof India.
(vii) Adapts his/her teaching to the individual needs of students.
(viii) Maintains the confidentiality of the information concerning students and dispensessuch information only to those who are legitimately entitled to it.
(ix) Refrains from subjecting any child to fear, trauma, anxiety, physical punishment,sexual abuse, and mental and emotional harassment.
(x) Keeps a dignified demeanour commensurate with the expectations from a teacher as arole model.

Obligations towards Parents, Community and Society:
Teacher:
(i) Establishes a relationship of trust with parents/guardians in the interest of all rounddevelopment of students.
(ii) Desists from doing anything which is derogatory to the respect of the child or his/herparents /guardians.
(iii) Strives to develop respect for the composite culture of India among students.
(iv) Keeps the country upper most in mind, refrains from taking part in such activities as may spread feelings of hatred or enmity among different communities, religious orlinguistic groups.

Obligations towards the Profession and Colleagues:
Teacher:
(i) Strives for his/her continuous professional development.
(ii) Creates a culture that encourages purposeful collaboration and dialogue amongcolleagues and stakeholders.
(iii) Takes pride in the teaching profession and treats other members of the professionwith respect and dignity.
(iv) Refrains from engaging himself/herself in private tuition or private teaching activity.
(v) Refrains from accepting any gift, or favour that might impair or appear to influenceprofessional decisions or actions.
(vi) Refrains from making unsubstantiated allegations against colleagues or higherauthorities.
(vii) Avoids making derogatory statements about colleagues, especially in the presence ofstudents, other teachers, officials or parents.
(viii) Respects the professional standing and opinions of his/her colleagues.
(ix) Maintains confidentiality of information concerning colleagues and dispenses suchinformation only when authorized to do so.

Observance of the Code:

The difference between the Code of Conduct and the Code of Professional Ethics needs to be appreciated. The provisions which define the Code of Conduct could also be incorporated in the Code of Professional Ethics, as making them ethical provisions will always desist teachers fromviolation of the Code of Conduct. Like all other professions, the teaching profession should alsomove towards self-regulation, which implies that every teacher should have the inner urge to adhereto the ethical principles listed in the Code of Professional Ethics for teachers. However, inspite ofthe expectation of the voluntary observance of the Code, some cases of violation of the Code or ofpartial adherence to it are likely to occur in the vast system of education. Therefore, asuitable mechanism needs to be evolved to ensure that all members of the profession follow theethical principles enshrined in the Code. The violation of the Code of Conduct invites disciplinaryaction for which detailed rules are prescribed. However, in the case of violation of Code ofProfessional Ethics by teachers, the responsibility to discipline them should rest with the authorizedrepresentatives of the profession. The magnitude or seriousness of the violation may not be thesame in all the cases. The cases of violation or non-observance shall have to be dealt with atdifferent levels and in different ways in accordance with the nature of the violation. At the time ofinitial appointment, a teacher should be provided a copy of the ‘Code of Professional Ethics’ forperusal and should be further required to furnish an ‘Oath’, before joining the profession that he/shewould always strive to observe the ‘Code’ in letter and spirit.

Teacher’s Oath

I __________________________ son/daughter of____________________, solemnly declare that I shall always strive to raise the prestige and dignity of the teaching profession andshall not do anything which may affect the reputation of the profession adversely. I willingly bind myself to the observance of the ‘Code of Professional Ethics’, in letter andspirit in order to discharge a teacher’s obligations towards students, parents, community and societyas enunciated in the Code.
Date: Signature
Name _________________
Address ________________
Ban on Knitting/Tailoring/Embroidery, bringing/Use of help books and ringing of cell phones in classroom. The HP Govt. has imposed a complete ban on the followingactivities in the Offices/Institutions:—
1. Bringing of tailoring/knitting/embroidery material and allied work.
2. Use of help books/keys to text books in all its institutions.
3. Use of Radio/Transistor in the offices and institution is completely prohibited.
4. Teaching staff will not perform any tuition work either before or after the college hours.
5. Ringing of cell phones in classrooms/school campus.

 

 

 

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