6th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HUMAN VALUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION (ICHVHE-17)
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.
Objective of the workshop
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.
The purpose of the conference is:
* To develop the requirements for holistic, human education.
* To develop the guidelines, content and process (methodology) for imparting universal human values in higher education.
* To share the efforts in this area, i.e. to share existing practices & experiences in imparting universal human values in higher education.
* To discuss how further efforts can be made for implementing universal human values, particularly in higher education.
The effort should satisfy the guidelines
Logical: Possible to discuss and ask questions
Verifiable: Can be verified in one's experience. Non-mystical
Universal: Applicable to all individuals, for all time, for all places.Non-sectarian.
Humane: Good for humanity
Scope: Encompassing all aspects of life
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.