VIDS is an educational institution, based in Bangalore, offering specialised courses of study, undertaking research in similar areas and community extension ensure services, applying a trans disciplinary approaches to learning. The institute operates through three centres. Centre for / of Counter Culture and Communication, Centre for Gender and Diversity and Centre for environment Sustainability. VIDS is the new avatar of the erstwhile Visthar Academy of Justice and Peace.
Visthar is registered as a Trust (81/89 – 90) in 1989. Spanning three decades, Visthar has promoted three institutions, VIDS being the primary, the other two are Bandhavi and the Conference and Retreat Centre (CRC).
All three institutions are autonomous with independent governance structures. While Bandhavi is based in Koppal and engaged in community advocacy, CRC is situated in an Eco Sanctuary based out of Bangalore.
Our vision is of communities that affirm diversity, equity, sustainability and peace with justice.
Mission: To facilitate and promote transformative learning and social research as a response to gender discrimination, social exclusion, violence of development in collaboration with educational institutions, faith based organizations and social movements.
VIDS is affiliated to the Kannada University (Hampi) and the Bangalore (North) University (State University). Our courses are accredited by the Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi. We have also sustained partnerships with three Liberal Arts Colleges in the US: Gustavus Adolphus College and Concordia College in Minnesota and Davidson College in North Carolina.
Visthar is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Trustees for 2018 – 21 include:
The Visthar Institute of Development Studies is also accountable to an Academic Council that includes:
Our partners in Karnataka are
Besides the above, we partner with developmental organisations and universities in India and overseas.
Our international partners include: