The international conference on human values in higher education (ICHVHE) is an annual conference aimed at developing a shared vision of holistic, human education, particularly in institutions of higher education. To start with the scope is within India and other SAARC nations. Ultimately the effort is for human education for every child, globally.

The first ICHVHE was held in 2012 at IIIT, Hyderabad. Since then the conference is being held every year. The interest, participation and specific commitments have been steadily expanding. The 5th ICHVHE was held at AGI, Rajkot in 2016.There were discussions with and amongst the 120 participants. These were primarily educationists, including 47 vice chancellors and directors from 13 countries. The 4th ICHVHE in 2015 at GCBS, Gedu Bhutan was a gathering of 100 distinguished individuals including 23 vice chancellors and directors from 10 countries.

  • Dates: 10-12 Feb, 2017
  • Venue: IIT Kanpur
  • Theme: “Vision for Holistic Education”
  • Who should participate: Education policy makers, chancellors, vice chancellors/directors, deans and other key decision makers
  • Indian Instutute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur
  • Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow
  • Indian Instutute of Technology (IIT BHU) Varanasi
  • Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu (Bhutan)
  • IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala
  • International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad
  • Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot

The purpose of the conference is:

A selected group of participants, about 120 in number, are expected to participate. These include education policy makers, chancellors, vice chancellors, deans and other key decision makers in education; planners and policy makers who are keen to make effort for humane education as well as persons who have made effort for universal human values.

The conference is for serious deliberation on these important issues. The format of the conference is discussions, panel discussions and sharing sessions. The core aspects of universal human values are put forth as a proposal. The experiences of current widespread implementation in higher education are shared with a view of developing commitment for further efforts.

We want to focus on sharing efforts which meet following three basic criteria:

The effort should satisfy the guidelines

The effort should have been tried in education concretely and not just be based on theoretical arguments alone. In a short conference like this one, we can focus on approaches that have been “experimented on a large scale”. The effort should be proliferating, from one institution to another, in a natural manner

We warmly acknowledge the historical efforts in value education which have made a difference, and allowed all of us to reach where we are today. Multiple approaches, in this case, are complementary and allow us to reach a larger number of students and hence must be discussed. Specific time is allocated during panel discussions for sharing.


Letter of invitation for visa application will be sent after receipt of the registration form. Please check with the local Indian Embassy / consultant for visa requirements


There is no registration fee for the conference. However, travelling expenses will have to be borne by the respective institutions / participants.
‘Local hospitality at IIT Kanpur will be provided by organizers’


Rajul Asthana +91-9849094285 rajul.asthana@gmail.com
Bhanu Pratap Singh +91-9889498839 vecell@aktu.ac.in
Shyam Kumar    +91-9450342998 shyamk707@gmail.com
Kumar Gaurav   +91-9559734455 gauravk@iitk.ac.in

How To Reach

The Campus of IIT Kanpur is located off the Grand Trunk Road near Kalyanpur, about 16 km west of Kanpur city. The campus is located on 1055 acres of land offered by the Government of UP.

Arrival by TRAIN: Kanpur Central Railway station is well connected to most cities in North, East and Central India. It is located on the Delhi-Kolkata train route and all major trains between these cities usually pass through Kanpur. IIT Kanpur is located at a distance of about 16 kilometers from the Kanpur Central Railway Station.

Arrival by AIR: Participants coming to Kanpur by air are recommended to fly into Lucknow Airport. Lucknow airport is located about 95 kms from IIT Kanpur. The next nearest airport is New delhi, located about 450 Km from IIT Kanpur. Trains from New Delhi to Kanpur are frequently available and it takes 5-6 hours.




Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur is engaged in carrying out original research of significance and technology development at the cutting edge. It imparts training to students so that they become competent, motivated engineers and scientists. The Institute celebrates freedom of thought, cultivates vision and encourages growth. It also inculcates human values and has concern for the environment as well as society.
For further details: www.iitk.ac.in


Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow (formerly Uttar Pradesh Technical University) was established by the government of Uttar Pradesh on 8 May 2000. As enshrined in the University Act, the University aims to provide and upgrade education, training and research in fields of technical education, and to create entrepreneurship and a conducive environment for pursuit of the technical education in close co-operation with industries. The university included universal human values in its core academic curriculum in 2009.
For further details: www.uptu.ac.in


Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi was the erstwhile Institute of Technology of the Banaras Hindu University. Founded in 1916, it was said that the university will seek not merely to turn out men as engineers, scientists, doctors, merchants, theologians but also as men of high character, probity and honour, whose conduct through life will show they bear the hallmark of a great university. A teaching university would but half perform its function if it does not seek to develop the heart-power of its scholars with the same solicitude with which it develops their brainpower. The university has placed the formation of character in youth as one of its principal objects.
For further details: www.iitbhu.ac.in


H. D. H. Hariprasad Swamiji, President of Yogi Divine Society, has laid stress on moral character and perpetuation of human values in the youth through education. Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot promoted by Yogi Divine Society, Vadodara runs kindergarten to post graduate courses since two and a half decades. It offers courses in Sciences, Humanities, Commerce, Pharmacy, Management, Engineering and Technology. Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot has witnessed an amazing progress under the guidance of P.P. Tyagvallabh Swamiji, Secretary, Sarvoday Kelavani Samaj. All his efforts are directed towards the holistic and sustainable development of youth, society and mother earth through education. All the faculty members and staff of Atmiya Group of Institutions, Rajkot have undergone 8-days workshop on Universal Human Values with a view to effectively implement the value education.For further details: www.atmiya.net


IK Gujral Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala was established by an act of State  Legislature on 16 Jan-1997, to promote Technical, Management and Pharmaceutical education in the state at the degree level and above. The University has the mandate to set up Centres of Excellence in emerging technologies and for promoting training, research development in these areas. The main focus of the university is to impart education in the area of professional skill oriented technologies to the masses. IKG-PTU, Kapurthala intends to facilitate the development of responsible and competent citizens for society who have the
competence, practice and entrepreneurial ability to be meaningfully employed or self-employed; and to actively participate in developing a Human society. The International Resource Centre for Universal Human Values & Ethics at IKG-PTU, Kapurthala (estd. 2014) is dedicated to development of people who can actively participate in developing a human society in the form of value based teachers, resource persons and entrepreneurs.
For further details: www.ptu.ac.in


International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad is an autonomous, self-supporting research institution established in 1998 with seed support from the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Major goal of IIIT, Hyderabad is to impart a uniquely broad and interdisciplinary IT education of the highest academic quality. This is achieved through an integrated curriculum that consists of a highly diverse set of IT courses, interdisciplinary IT research projects, interaction with industry, and preparation in entrepreneurship and character development through human values.
For further details: www.iiit.ac.in


The Royal University of Bhutan, Thimphu was established in 2003 to consolidate the management of tertiary education in Bhutan. It is a decentralized university with eight constituent colleges spread across the kingdom. The underlying principle which influenced the development of such a university system was the government's policy of balanced and equitable regional development.

The Royal University of Bhutan maintains a strong connection with other universities which include the University of New Brunswick in Canada, the School for International Training and Naropa University in the United States, the University of Salzburg in Austria, the University of Delhi in India, the University of New England and Queensland University of Technology in Australia etc. in the areas of student exchange and internship programs for students and faculty. RUB, Thimphu endeavours to provide its students a wholesome education based on the country's development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH).
For further details: www.rub.edu.bt