Allied Human Values Courses (HVPE)


Human Values Programs on the basis of Coexistential Philosophy

(Jeevan Vidya)

The following Government approved programs are currently running in Higher Education across India:

  1. Human Values & Ethics  – compulsary credit course by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education)
  2. Minor Degree in Universal Human Values – by AICTE
  3. Human Values in Madhyasth Darshan – Elective for Engineering students at AKTU, Lucknow (formerly UPTU – UP Technical University)

The above courses go by the name “UHV – or Universal Human Values”

Deeper understanding of the content requires a systematic introduction via the ‘Jeevan Vidya workshop’ and long-term commitment to understanding Madhyasth Darshan.

Textbooks books under the topic – Values, Ethics and Holistic Living (based on Coexistential Philosophy) are under development. It is envisioned that textbooks shall be written to complete the UHV vision by AICTE (UHV I to UHV VIII)

A book by name ‘A Foundation course in Human Values and Professional Ethics*’ – presenting a universal approach to value education through self-exploration has been published by Excel Books. (R.R.Gaur, R.Sangal, GP.Bagaria) – (Later edition 2 by : RR Gaur, R.Asthana & GP.Bagaria). The ‘Human Values’ section of the book is a rendition in written form of the ‘Jeevan Vidya’ workshop. The ‘Professional Ethics’ section of the book draws directly from the concept of perfect humane conduct – or manviyata-purna-acharan by A.Nagraj. This book provides a very preliminary introduction to Jeevan Vidya-Madhyasth Darshan , by drawing from the proposals in Madhyasth Darshan (Jeevan Vidya) for its basic content and provides the same in a framework suiting the modern academic system. This book can thus serve as a primer for students, so they may appreciate the need to study reality & live with coexistential values, with human values. A course based on this book and teachings is currently being implemented in about 50 Universities in India and Bhutan and plans are underway to start the same in a number of SAARC nations:

* Graduate Attributes of UHV Minor Degree by AICTE

  • Holistic vision of life
  • Socially responsible behaviour
  • Environmentally responsible work
  • Ethical human conduct
  • Having competence and capabilities for maintaining health and hygiene
  • Appreciation and aspiration for excellence (merit) and gratitude for all

Human Values & Ethics Syllabus links at some University sites:

(syllabus based on Jeevan Vidya, Madhyasth Darshan philosophy by Shri A Nagraj)

Madhyasth Darshan references

The above book on Universal Human Values cites the following references to Madhyasth Darshan literature:

*Responsibilities in the Human Values & Professional Ethics book:

By RR Gaur, R Sangal & GP Bagaria, Excel Publications, Edition #1

  • The essential concepts & framework in the book are based on the teachings in Jeevan Vidya – Madhyasth Darshan by Shri A Nagraj
  • Workshop Presentation of these core-concepts by A.Nagraj in 7 day workshop format in English: GP Bagaria (based on earlier efforts by Late Shri Yashpal Satya, IIT Delhi)
  • Conversion of workshop notes and writing in book form [Human Values: Section I & II]: Shriram Narasimhan, with contributions by Kumar Sambhav, Anurag Sahay & Gowri Srihari (based on the workshop by GP Bagaria at IIIT Hyderabad in 2005) – For (Edition 1)
  • Writing of Section III – Kumar Sambhav and RR Gaur
  • Miscellaneous efforts: in formatting, student activities, exercises, etc in the book: Shyam Kumar and Abhishek Kumar.
  • *Edition 2 of this book has been rewritten by the stated authors (Gaur, Asthana, Bagaria) since Edition 1 did not authentically portray authorship;

National, International Conventions:

  • At IIT Delhi: A National Convention on ‘Human Values through Jeevan Vidya’ was conducted at IIT Delhi in association with IIT Kanpur and IIIT Hyderabad. This was attended by 70 vice-chancellors and directors including directors of these 3 institutes and inaugurated by the then President, APJ Abdul Kalam. Mr Kalam mentioned Jeevan Vidya as a ‘crucial input in education’ in his address to the nation on 15th August, 2006. See for details and

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