The Conference

The International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education (ICHVHE) is an annual conference aimed at developing a shared vision of holistic, human value-based education, particularly in institutions of higher education. It has been conducted since 2012 by universities making an effort towards such quality education. Through efforts such as this conference series, over 40 universities in 10 states of India and two universities in Bhutan included the Universal Human Values (UHV) foundation course as a core part of their academic curriculum since 2005. In 2018, AICTE adopted UHV as a part of the Model Curriculum for all engineering education in India. Some of the prominent personalities view UHV as having significant potential in the individual as well as societal transformation. In Bhutan, UHV has been increasingly seen as the base & details for the realisation of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Though the efforts are in an early stage, the initial results have been quite encouraging.

The Host University-MMDU

The host of the 9th conference, MM(DU), Mullana-Ambala,was founded 25 years ago with a distinctive mission to grow, transform and educate, transform individuals into responsible global citizens. When the university was established, quality education was a distant dream among private institutions in North India, specifically Haryana. Today, it has established its credentials in the whole country with more than 150 contemporary, modern and innovative courses in medicine, dental sciences, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, engineering and technology, management, computer applications, hotel management, law etc.while maintaining its culture of excellence.
"Strong principles and value-based education have helped us in imparting values and that is reflected in our students who are serving in various sectors at prominent positions, reaching people from all walks of life. I believe that one can only grow by sharing and giving. I will continue to ensure that we excel even further in the future and will strive to make every single MM Graduate a world class professional" - Shri Tarsem Garg, Founder Chancellor MM(DU).
"There are four essential take-aways by graduates from our university, namely knowledge, skills, behaviour and attitude" - Prof. Victor Gambhir, Vice Chancellor MM(DU).
Located on the Ambala-Jagadhri Highway, the green and serene campus is spread over 150 acres of land having over 35,00,000 sq. ft. covered area consisting of academic infrastructure with state-of-the-art labs and a 930 bedded teaching hospital, serving the local community.

The Universal Human Values

The overall purpose of education is to enable the student to live a happy life - in harmony with family, society as well as nature. As we have more and more educated people, we see an alarming trend at an overall global level - we can observe increasing strife in family and society; destruction of nature leading to significant and potentially irreversible climate change. In particular, we can see that some of the greatest achievements of science and industry have become the biggest threats to human existence.
There is a growing realization in the world today that the path being followed currently needs to be re-evaluated. Human Beings thought & actions depend on their education. If their education is right, their thought & actions fulfill the purpose otherwise they will not.


"The Full Development of Human Potential and the Creation of a Just and Equitable Society"

Fortunately for us, we stand at a juncture today that there is a methodology by which universal understanding and thoughts can be imparted in our education through the subject "Universal Human Values". The methodology is based on dialogue and not on lectures. Proposals are put before students asking them to reflect and do experiments, and accept them only after self- verification. The content focuses on the universal aspects and has been designed and implemented by means of practical courses. Youth, regardless of background, do respond to the process of self-exploration. Thus, going by way of self-exploration is appropriate and it is possible to work on a living model of a "just and equitable" society

Past Conferences

Summary of the Conferences

  • January 2012

    Human Values in Higher Education

    An International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education was organized from 6-8 January 2012 at IIIT Hyderabad, in collaboration with Punjab Technical University (PTU) and IIT Kanpur.

    Dr. D Purandeshwari, Hon. Union Minister for Education, Government of India was the chief guest at the inauguration. 50 educationists, including 17 vice chancellor level, from 5 countries participated.

    There were extensive deliberations on a large set of issues, in particular, on the vision of future society, nature of education, role of educational institutions, introducing Human Values in Higher Education. Real life experiences were shared regarding running courses on Human Values in some of the institutions. The Royal University of Bhutan decided to offer the foundation course on universal human values as a result of the deliberations.

  • February 2013

    Human Values in Higher Education

    2nd International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education was held from 16-18 Feb 2013 at IIIT Hyderabad. It was organized jointly by IIIT Hyderabad, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar and Royal University of Bhutan, Thimpu.

    About 110 participants attended the conference with about 30 Vice Chancellors and Directors. Participants came from Bhutan, Nepal and US besides India. At the inauguration, Dr. M M Pallam Raju (Hon'ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India) stressed on the need to reinforce values throughout formal education.

  • March 2014

    Human Values in Higher Education

    Punjab Technical University (PTU) organised 3rd International Conference on Human Values in Higher Education in association with Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (IIT, BHU); Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad; and The Royal University of Bhutan from February 28 to March 2, at its Kapurthala campus.

    This three-day event had participation of 97 senior dignitaries from SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries - 2 from Bangladesh, 9 from Bhutan, 75 from India, 3 from Nepal, 5 from Pakistan and 3 from Sri Lanka. Prof. (Dr.) Faiz-ul-Hasan, VC, University of Education, Lahore; Prof. Muhammad Aslam, VC, University of Health Sciences, Lahore; and Dr. Nazir A. Mughal, VC, University of Sindh, Jamshoro & Pakistan, to address the audience.

  • March 2015

    Human Values in Higher Education

    GCBS, Gedu, Bhutan Educating for GNH Society organised a 3-day conference, along with residential gathering of 120 distinguished individuals from 10 countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Norway) working in various fields - academic, government, civil society, foundations, and many others

    The participants included 23 Chancellors, current Vice Chancellors, former Vice Chancellors, Pro-Vice Chancellors, and over 85 Institute Directors, Champions and leaders of human values education, heads of government and non-government agencies, leaders in the justice system, professors, research scholars, thought leaders, students and many others.

    It was inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. The honourable prime minister and honourable home minister of Bhutan were also present during the inauguration.

  • January 2016

    Education for Undivided Society and Universal Human Order.

    It was organised jointly by Atmiya Group of Institutions (AGI), Rajkot, Gujarat, IKG-PTU, Kapurtala, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, IIIT Hyderabad, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (formerly UPTU), Lucknow and the Royal University of Bhutan. There were 170 participants from 13 countries who deliberated on the theme. Shri Shantilalji Muttha, founder and national president of Bharatiya Jain Sanghthana, Pune was the chief guest of the inaugural function.

    The need of Human Value Education in Higher Education was clearly emphasized by all. Many participants shared their interests in taking the initiative in implementing Universal Human Values in their universities/ colleges/ institutions. In particular, the Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh showed keen interest.

  • February 2017

    Vision for Humane Education.

    This 6th conference was jointly organized by 7 universities/institutes: IIT Kanpur, AKTU Lucknow, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, IKG-PTU Kapurthala, IIIT Hyderabad, RUB Thimphu and AGI Rajkot. It was inaugurated by Honorable Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Ram Naik on 10th Feb 2017.

    There were 144 delegates (41 - Chancellors, VC's, Govt. Joint Secretaries & 102 - Directors, Deans, Principals, Professors, Business Persons & others) representing 107 universities / institutions who deliberated on the theme. In 144, 29 foreign delegates were from 6 countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Taiwan & UAE). Apart from delegates, 80 Volunteers were present across the country with one year of preparation.

  • 26th - 28th April 2018

    Education for Holistic Human Health

    This 7th International Conference is focused on 'Human Values in Higher Education: Education for Holistic Human Health'.

    We intend to propose, for discussion, a holistic perspective about human purpose and the program for its fulfillment with sharp focus on human health. There is need for education to provide every student with a holistic perspective on human purpose and program for its fulfillment. Human health and system of health of all is a part of this program. Health education needs to cover all aspects of human health, including mental health (health of the self), physical health (health of the body) as well as the health of the environment (family, society and nature), which play an important role in human health.Such education will be able to inspire and motivate healthcare providers to be oriented toward mutual fulfillment.

  • 1st - 3rd March 2019

    Character Building through Universal Human Values

    This conference focused on the theme "Character Building through Universal Human Values". Human being living with human character participates in the well-being of all - starting with harmony within, then extending to mutually fulfilling relationship in the family, followed by mutually enriching participation in the society and in the nature/existence.

    UHV has a cogent content and process for facilitating the development of human consciousness, building human conduct & human character. At the core is the understanding of human values, and on that basis, the development of a holistic all- encompassing solution-oriented perspective in thought and its natural expression in behaviour and work. Making consistent effort for human character building enabled us to approach the major issues being faced at every level - issues like lack of interest in studies, indiscipline, indulgence, strife in family, conflict in society and climate change.

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