“ Be it any subject, a teacher should emphasize on inculcation of ethical values amongst students, while planning out a subject matter to be taught. ” - Swami Kuvalayananda.
Yoga signifies a harmonious integration at all the levels of human existence . Anthropological and sociological studies have amply indicated a humane touch prevalent amongst all cultures of the world . Truly, Yogic values are found amongst all cultures in varying forms and degrees. The objectives of this college are:
(i) To train young, intelligent and educated men and women into basics of yoga science in all its pure and pristine form, as well as,
(ii) To acquaint students with essential features of all cultures so as to enable them to perceive broader horizons of yoga, encompassing all world cultures.
Kaivalyadhama Shreeman Madhava Yoga Mandira Samiti, ( K.S.M.Y.M. Samiti) , which is responsible for the foundation, conductance and management of GORDHANDAS SEKSARIA COLLEGE OF YOGA & CULTURAL SYNTHESIS, is recognized by the Central and Maharashtra State Governments as a Research Institute and has been getting Grants from these Governments for its Scientific and Philosophico-Literary Research in Yoga. The Samiti’s research has been greatly appreciated by scientists and scholars , both in India and abroad.
Literally meaning Integration the science of Yoga , originated and evolved systematically in India more than five thousand years from now, has remained secular essentially , and so remains worthy of acceptance by peoples of different religions , races and nationalities . Yoga is a path of spiritual enquiry directed to an objective understanding of life and living . Over the years , yoga has also evolved into a science of Health and Healing.
According to Swami Kuvalayananda, if understood through the modern scientific approach , Yoga would help greatly in the spiritual and material renaissance of the human society . This has been the very philosophy behind all academic and social activities of GORDHANDAS SEKSARIA COLLEGE OF YOGA & CULTURAL SYNTHESIS, since, its inception.
BRIEF HISTORY :
GORDHANDAS SEKSARIA COLLEGE OF YOGA & CULTURAL SYNTHESIS , was founded at Lonavla by Swami Kuvalayananda under the auspices of Kaivalyadhama S.M.Y.M. Samiti. Late Shri B.G.Kher, the then Chief Minister , Mumbai State , formally inaugurated the college in October 1951 . Since then the college has continued in sending out batches of students every year without any break till date. The first convocation was held in May 1953 when the Hon. Shri Dinkar Rao Desai , the then Minister of Education , Mumbai State, presided over and Shri H.V. Divetia, , Vice-Chancellor, Gujarat University, delivered the Convocational Address.
NAME OF THE COLLEGE :
The College was named after Seth Gordhandas Seksaria, the worthy father of the worthy donor the late Seth Makhanlal Seksaria who had donated Rs.1,25,000/- towards the foundation of the college, in the memory of the former.
Kaivalyadhama S.M.Y.M. Samiti is permanently recognized as an ‘All India Institute of Higher Education’ by the Government of India. The College has also been recognized as one of the special Colleges by the Government of Maharashtra . N.C.T.E., GOVT. OF INDIA has granted the P.G.D.Y.Ed.( Diploma in Yoga Education) course permanent recognition (Code No. 114046) .
Kaivalyadhama has a collaboration with Pravara Medical Trust (Loni), Deemed University for its P.G.D.Y.T.(Post Graduate Diploma In Yoga Therapy)
LOCATION OF THE COLLEGE
The College is located at Lonavla, a small hill station on the Central Railway line between Pune and Mumbai. Lonavla is 128 kms. from Mumbai and 64 kms. from Pune. Railway trains are available at 1 to 2 hours of intervals from both sides. The Kaivalyadhama campus is about 2 kms. from Lonavla station. Taxis and three wheelers are available ,during the day-time, between these two locations.
1.P.G. Diploma in Yoga Education (P.G.D.Y.Ed.)
(One Academic Year)
Intake Capacity : 50 Indian Students + International Students with sound health.
Minimum Qualification: 45% in Graduation of any faculty recognized by UGC.
Last date of receiving application is 31st May.
Recognition: NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TEACHER EDUCATION , NEW DELHI.
2. P.G. Diploma in Yoga Therapy ( P.G.D.Y.T.)
(One Academic Year Theory classes & 6 months Internship)
(Starts from 1st August, every year)
Intake Capacity : 20 Indian Students + International Students with sound health.
Minimum Qualification: Science Graduate with 60% or D.Y.Ed with 55% aggregate
Last date of receiving application is 31st July.
Recognition by & collaboration with “Pravara Medical Trust”, a Deemed University.
3. Certificate Courses in Yoga ( C.C.Y.)
(Six weeks Duration: Twice a year)
1. Starts from 2nd May, (Last date of receiving application is 31st March)
ii. Starts from 15th January, (Last date of receiving application is 15th December)
Intake Capacity : 50 Indian Students + Foreign Nationals .
Minimum Qualification: Pre College, HSC or equivalent.
4. Advanced Teachers’ Training Course in Yoga (Adv.T.T.C.)
(One Month Duration: Once a year)
(Starts from 15th March to 15th April, every year)
Intake Capacity : 20 Indian Students + Foreign Nationals.
Qualification: Two years teaching experience in Yoga with a certificate from a recognized institute.
(Last date of receiving application is 5th March.)
The criteria for admission is concurrent with a perspective of the rules and regulations of courses laid down by educational bodies, university & allied institutes.
Attendance at every lecture is compulsory. Irregular attendance will be strictly dealt with . A student, who for unavoidable reasons wishes to abstain from attending the class or leaves the hostel campus during the night hours, should obtain permission in advance from the lecturer concerned or from warden / Principal.
90% attendance in the classes is necessary . Students falling short of the stipulated attendance will be debarred from examination. Family responsibility may pose problems during the course of studies. The students having any such encumbrances should make every arrangement to cope-up with such difficulties. No plea for absence or concession, in this respect will be entertained.
2. Schedule of the college / institute has to be strictly followed by the students.
3. Students should be in their respective hostels before 9:00 p.m.
4. Code of decency and decorum has to be maintained by the students while interacting with each other. Students may sit in groups only in designated areas.
5. Guest / Relatives / Parents of the students may visit only on Sundays / Holidays. Prior information of their arrival should be intimated to the authority.
6. Students found consuming alcoholic drinks; smoking or tobacco in any way would be asked to leave the course at first instance.
7. All library books must be returned to the library before VACATIONS / end of the course term.
8. For any extracurricular activity students should obtain permission beforehand.
9. Students may visit the staff members only on Sundays and holidays.
10. Students are to maintain cleanliness in and around their respective hostels. Students will ensure that they do not waste or wrongly utilize any resources made available by the institute.
11. Students should keep in mind that they are here not merely to study the ancient discipline of Yoga, but also to apply the same discipline and lifestyle to themselves.
12. In case the studentship is discontinued on the ground of indiscipline no fees and caution money would be refunded.
13. Do not get involved in slogan shouting, cat calls etc, particularly on the passersby at the south – west road adjoining the Kaivalyadhama Campus. Please remember you are role models for them.
14. Do not sneak out of the campus un-informed.
15. Please maintain a feeling of respect for teachers/authorities. It will help you to develop a respectful intimacy with them contributing to a better learning process.
16. Causing damage to hostel properties, wall writing, etc will be viewed seriously. Liquor consumption and/or smoking will result in an immediate discontinuance of your studentship.
17. Incoming phone calls will not be entertained. Only urgent messages will be passed on through the respective wardens. Mobile Phone should not ring in / during class. Limited use of Mobile Phone is recommended.
18. Leaves (Weekend and occasional) will not be allowed without genuine reasons. The discretion of authorities will be unquestionable and final in this regard.
19. Students should not loiter aimlessly in ‘lonely places’. It is in their own interest to keep the institutional ambience full of warmth and sanctity. Students shall be inside their hostels before 9.00 p.m. positively, without fail.
20. Meals will be served to all collectively following mantra chanting. Ensure observance of silence during meals.
21. In case of any help please contact your Wardens.
22. Mobile Phone is strictly prohibited in lecture halls , Library and Mess building.
23. Movies are strictly prohibited in hostels.
For INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS along with all the above mentioned points . also must comply with the following points.
- All the students staying in India , longer than 6 months are required to register with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO).
- The Following documents are required at the time of Registration with the FRRO.
A. Photocopy of the passport and initial visa.
B. Four Photographs of the applicant.
C. Details of address residence in India.
D. Bona-fide Certificate from the college in case of student visa.
E. Proof of a bank account / sufficient funds for non-scholarship students.
- The students will have to adapt themselves to the way of life followed by the Indian students and strictly adhere to the discipline in all matters, just as Indians.
- TOURIST VISA will not be valid for securing admission to the College. Before foreign students joins the College he /She should possess a valid STUDENT VISA.
- Food will be simple and vegetarian.
- Fees will not be calculated on day basis. It is for the full course. No refund is permitted for vacation period.
- Foreign students are not eligible for any concessions. They will have to bear all the expenses themselves, as per charges shown.
- They will have to prepare themselves well in English before joining the college.
Social Work : Students can offer their voluntary service for their own inner development as a part of yoga education.
Admission will be open to all irrespective of caste, creed and Nationality . The college extends reservation for SC/ ST/OBC candidates as per the guideline issued by the Government of India on the subject from time to time and as applicable to educational institutions . In case of non-availability of the SC/ST/OBC candidates the seats will be filled up by open category students.
Students suffering from any chronic diseases are advised not to seek admission for this course. A student found unfit after joining the course will be asked to leave the course if the medical advice suggests so.
Application should be accompanied by true copies of Educational Certificates ( Marks lists and Degree Certificates , Medical Certificate , Date of Birth Certificate, along with a registration fee of Rs. 500. Drawn in the name of “ KAIVALYADHAMA S.M.Y.M. SAMITI, payable at any bank at Lonavla. Please note that the Registration fee is not refundable. Application should be forwarded on the prescribed form, enclosed at the end of the Prospectus . Please be informed that application form and Registration fee does not presuppose a guarantee for admission.( Foreign Citizens may remit fees in US $ 20 on reporting at Kaivalyadhama.)
P.G.D.Y.Ed.( Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Education)
1.Examination Evaluation policy includes a minimum of 40% marks in theory , as well as, in practical Examination.
2.One projects of each subject to be completed.
3.Terminal Examinations will be conducted after Diwali Holidays.
4.Final Examination will be conducted in the second week of April.
P.G.D.Y.T.( Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy)
1.Examination Evaluation policy includes a minimum of 50% marks in theory , as well as, 60% in practical Examination.
2.There will two theoretical seminars on every Semesters, forming a part of evaluation scheme.
3. EXAMINATION OF SEMESTER I will be conducted in the last week of January.
4. EXAMINATION OF SEMESTER II will be conducted in the first week of July.
5.Two projects of each subject to be completed under a guide during each of the semesters + Internal assessment.
Internal assessment i. Attendance in Theory and Practicals
- Assignment in the form of case studies, report of team work, practicum seminar and project work.
- Personal experiences pertaining to yoga practices
a. In the capacity of a yoga practitioner.
b. In the capacity of a yoga therapist.
c. Personality changes: as assessed by different teachers through a semi structural tool.
6.Medical consultation skills & effectiveness of communicating Yoga Therapy to patients would be evaluated by a Medical Officer of the institute( Students are required to work under a Medical Officer in rotation basis).
C.C.Y. ( Certificate Course in Yoga )
Examinations ( Theory & Practical) will be conducted after 33 days following the commencement of the course.
Adv. T.T.C.( Advanced Teachers’ Training Course in Yoga)
Evaluation based on daily progress and observation by teachers. Completion of an assignment is essential part of the course.
Dress code for all students should be adhered to with an utmost sincerity . “ Identity Cards should be kept along “ all the times, particularly while moving outside the campus.
For the theory / academic classes:
two sets of college uniforms i.e. white Kurta and Paijama (Boys’) white Salwar & Kurta (Girls), for academic/theory classes.
For the practical classes:
Prescribed Practical uniforms will be provided by the Institute.
NECESSARY EQUIPMENTS TO BRING :
1.A full bedding like mattresses, bed sheets, pillow, two blankets etc. which are also available on rent if desired.
3. An umbrella , raincoat, a torch, a mosquito net.
Concession in fees is available to economically weak students. They may obtain the concession form, from the office of the college . The same will be put up before appropriate authority for consideration.
- Request for refund , if received seven working days prior to the reporting dates through e-mail, fax or ordinary mail, would entitle for a refund after the deduction of handling charges of Rs. 200.
- However, the request for refund reaching this office even on the date of reporting would attract Rs. 1,000/- deduction from the amount to be refunded.
- If one decides to withdraw from a course after reporting , he or she would receive the refund after deducting full tuition fee in addition to deducting Rs. 1000 , as well as, cost of lodging and boarding on Pro-data basis. However , the cost towards uniform and study tour ( If not availed until the date of leaving the course) will be refunded.
- if one decides to withdraw from a course, after the concerned course is already half way-through, he or she would receive no refund, absolutely.
1. Shri R. S. Bhogal, M.A. (Psychology), NET , Principal
2. Dr. S. K. Ganguly, B.Sc., CCY., M.P.E., D.Y.Ed., Ph.D. – Hon. Faculty
3. Dr. B. R. Sharma, M.A., Ph.D. (Sanskrit)
4. Shri G. S. Sahay, M. A. (Sanskrit), C.C.Y.
5. Shri R. K. Bodhe, M. A. (Philosophy), M.A. (Sanskrit), M. Phil.
6. Dr. Sharad Bhalekar, B.A.M.S.
7. Shri Bharat Singh. , B.A. D.Y.Ed. , Yoga Instructor (Male).
8. Shri Ajinkya Deshpande M.A(Philosophy) ; M.Com, D.Y.Ed. ,Yoga Instructor (Male).
9. Mrs. Sandhya Dixit, B.Sc. D.Y.Ed. , Yoga Instructor ( Female)
Lectures are arranged periodically, on special topics on Yoga and Allied subjects, from eminent scholars, representing different disciplines.
Swami Anubhavananda (Kaivalyadhama Lonavla) Former Head of Sandipani Ashram, a noted speaker on Vedanta, author of many books on spirituality, Yoga and Meditation, known widely for his inimitable style of public speaking.
Dr. D.R.Vaze, (M.D., D.G.O.) : Medical expert from Indian Army, has books published on Vedic Philosophy, has served as Medical officer at H.C. C., Kaivalyadhama
Dr. Ramesh Bijlani (M.D.) Former professor and Head, Department of Physiology, AIIMS,( New Delhi) and has 30 years of medical research. Author of more than ten books including “Back to Health through Yoga” and Medial Research.
Dr. JPN Mishra (Ph.D) Professor, Jain Vishwa Bharati University, Ladnun, Yoga expert of repute.
Dr. Anand Gokani (M.D.) Honorary Consultant Diabetologist, Bombay Hospital; Medical Consultant Castrol India Ltd. And Bajaj Electricals Ltd. and too many other organizations.
Dr. Ganesh Rao (Ph.D.) Yoga Expert and Teacher, Kaivalyadhama (Mumbai and University of Mumbai.
Dr. Samprasad Vinod M.D. , Ph.D., D.Sc. (A.M.) (Director, Maharshi Vinod Yoga Research Institute, Pune) Founder, Mg. Trustee of Maharshi Vinod Research Foundation, Pune; Member Research Committee of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla; He has a rich spiritual heritage from his father, the late Maharshi Nyayaratna Vinod.
Dr. S.D.Pathak (M.S.) Surgeon from Mumbai, Yoga Teacher from Ambika Yoga Kutir, Author of “Yoga and Its application in different diseases” and “Yoga Therapy manual for Yoga Teachers.”
Dr. B.S.Damle (M.D), General Physician & expert , Yoga Vidyadham Pune
Dr. Ananda Balayogi (M.D.,Ph.D.) Director, ICYER Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry Yoga Expert , JIPMER, Pondicherry.