Founded in 1989, Visthar is a secular Civil Society Organization committed to social justice and peace. Located in a serene six acre campus away from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore city, Visthar has a rich history of involvement in transformative education and in community-based-advocacy. The Eco Sanctuary on the campus serves as a site for biodiversity conservation and environmental education.
The Visthar Institute of Development Studies (erstwhile Visthar Academy of Justice and Peace), is an international learning organization committed to equity, diversity and sustainability. The Institute subscribes to an eco-centric paradigm of development rooted in values and practice of social justice.