At Banjara Academy we "Welcome all Feelings and Thoughts with due RESPECT and EQUAL Regard".

Banjara Academy–Enriching Life Through Empowerment

Do you feel very lonely when you are facing an unexpected setback or challenge? Suddenly you may feel that everyone in the world is happy and enjoying life, while you are left behind in your own misery. At times you may also feel that friends and relatives let you down exactly when you need them.

If you have experienced the above even once in your lifetime, here is a chance to vaccinate yourself from facing it in future: Whenever you even suspect that someone known to you (need not even be a close friend) is going through a setback and is feeling isolated because of his or her misery, just reach out to that person. All you need to do is to convey “Main hoon na” i.e. I am there for you. You don’t need words and you may not help materially or physically. Helping others is a great way to inoculate yourself against future hurdles or challenges. You can give unlimited emotional support, and you will still have a reservoir to give more. Unlike charity, giving emotionally does not take away your wealth, it increases it. - Ali

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Helping Hand Annual day

Who Are We?

People often ask us whether we are an NGO or a commercial organization. They bluntly question whether we have a vested interest in doing “free” counselling. They want to know if we are propagating a religion or a cult, or are we clandestinely funded by some rich foreigners with shady motives. The answer to all the above is a vehement “No”.

What we are cannot be defined in conventional sense. Yes, we do provide free counselling. We never turn anyone away. We get perhaps 10-30 people walking in every day, half as many phone calls, and more than 50-80 emails per week. We attend to all of them to the best of our ability.

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We grow human beings

If you see a plant nursery, you will only see tiny saplings. As soon as the little plant starts growing, it is transplanted in someone else’s pot or garden, and it continues its growth there, with the new owners getting the flowers, fruits or shade.

Banjara is a human nursery. We plant the seeds of self-awareness, wider and more meaningful thinking, identifying talent and goals. We nurture the thoughts and ideas in people’s minds. Then, as the eagle does in pushing out its eaglets from its nest, we give a gentle nudge, and allow people to soar in the wide blue skies – choosing which direction to fly towards, and at the speed each individual decides.

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Founder's Note
Dr. Ali Khwaja
B.Tech (IIT), MIE, Ph.D.
Counsellor, Columnist, Chairman of Banjara Academy, Principal faculty, Life skills coach and perpetual student

When we look back on a lifetime’s work and experiences, what really matters is how much we enjoyed (and contributed) to the journey, and not the destination that we have reached. Since childhood I was fascinated with human beings (often animal beings too) and their behaviour. Wanting to contribute my mite towards welfare of individuals, I sought out ways and means to reach out and enrich quality of life through empowerment, and not by charity. It is a joy to see how Banjara and Banjarites have flourished in the past four decades and have made a mark in the world of human behaviour and counselling, and I look forward always to include more and more people into the ever growing Banjara family.

New courses and workshop Announcements
International Program in Counseling and Guidance (IPCG)

Four decades ago, there was an awareness that more people go to bed hungry for love than those who go hungry for food. With an idea of reaching out and supporting individuals through their challenges of life, Banjara Academy started a free counseling centre, offering confidential and unbiased help to anyone who approaches.


Slowly the centre evolved, expanded to giving similar services in major hospitals and homes for children. Then came the idea that every considerate, compassionate and caring person can reach out and enrich the lives of others – through empowerment. All that is needed is the right guidance and training. Hence more than 20 years back the one-year Diploma in Counseling (DCS) was initiated. DCS and similar programs of Banjara have empowered thousands of genuine individuals from all backgrounds, ages and academic levels to sharpen their skills and to be more effective in counseling..

For those who do not live in Bangalore we felt the need to devise a training and empowering them. Almost a decade ago we evolved our on-line course which was very successful and people from all over the world enrolled for it. After many years and hundreds of students, we felt it is time to introspect, improve and modify the program. What you will see now is a completely revamped version laying greater stress on practical skills built through close monitoring by your individual Mentor, videos for you to get a visual exposure to counseling, very practical and experiential exercises to ensure that the learning is imbibed permanently.

This online program is unique in the sense that it is not an academic course. It is a process of experiential learning hence we do not seek any affiliation or recognition. It is aimed solely on empowering you.

Banjara is not a commercial organization, it is not an ‘office’. At times we ourselves fail to describe what it is and who we Banjarites are. Let me take you around Banjara and show you,and you can form your own opinion……….

If you truly wish to learn by a joyful process that will excite you, enthuse you and motivate you,this is the right program for you. It will not only strengthen your skills to counsel others, but will also significantly bring about very positive changes in your own life.

If you have any doubts or questions, please feel free to get in touch. We enjoy discussing about what we do, because to us it is not work, it is pleasure and a mutual learning ………..

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Manthan Camp
Spend two enjoyable fun-days at a residential camp in Manthan (opp. DPS, Yelahanka) and learn the art of “Understanding Women”.
Open to all. From Friday 27th Dec, 6 p.m. onward to 2 p.m. Sunday 29th Dec, 2019.

Do you want to be happy!

Are you searching for happiness around you or within yourself?

Looking for spending some “ME” time introspecting?

Leave behind your inhibitions, mobiles, laptops, and experience a different world, one with nature.

Charges Rs. 3,500/- for adults and Rs. 2,500/- for children below 12 years.

On first-pay-first served basis (no refunds please).

Open to all, get your friends along.

For Details: Contact Banjara Academy: Ph- 23330200 / 23535787

Please feel free to call for any clarifications Manjunath: – 9980405510 / 8660242576

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Announcing, Early Childhood Care and Education at Banjara Academy
Early Childhood Care and Education is a Government certified course from National Institute of Open Schooling –NIOS with a Course Duration of 1 year.
Free Services
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Courses we offer

Classroom Courses

Diploma in Counselling Skills (DCS),Certificate in Child and Adoloscent Development (CCAD) and Certificate in Life Skills Training (CLST).

Online Courses

International Program in Counseling and Guidance (IPCG)

Open for registrations all year around. This online course is only for candidates residing outside Bangalore..

Overview Of Counselling(OOC)

Take a free online course to understand concepts, methods and art of counseling.For more details please send us an email – banjaraonlineoverview@gmail.com.

Recent Activities

World Mental Health Day 2019 Special Conversation with Dr.Ali Khwaja on Mental Wellness and Happiness with RJApoorva-Read More

“Mano Charche” Empowering and Enriching conversation series on RadioActive 90.4MHz with With Dr.Ali Khwaja and Ms. Kanmani from Banjara Academy.

Tune in to listen, learn, practice and live well! You can hear the whole conversation in English and later summarised in Kannada. Podcast Link- https://soundcloud.com/radioactivecr90-4mhz/world-mental-health-day-2019-special-with-drali-khwaja-mental-wellness-and-happiness?fbclid=IwAR0XlaVw8srLKDp_UdSo2UFyP_kwRG0QY5S_4i3OAYFeZNLfH_jCREReXzc

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Episode 3 in the “Mano Charche” Empowering and Enriching conversation series on RadioActive 90.4MHz with With Dr.Ali Khwaja and Ms. Kanmani from Banjara Academy.Read More

Spreading awareness and Supporting Suicide Prevention “No, you aren’t alone. Yes, we all feel this way sometimes. No, you won’t always feel like this. Yes, the world is a better place with you in it.”

3rd Episode Topic - “Prevention Of Suicide” Tune in to listen, learn, practice and live well! You can hear the whole conversation in English and later summarised in Kannada. Podcast Link- https://soundcloud.com/radioactivecr90-4mhz/mano-charche-prevention-of-suicide-with-drali-khwaja-and-kanmani-rj-apoorva

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Super Hero of the needy – Mr Ramaswamy’s Interview on AIR (All India Radio). Listen to the interview on - Read More

Super Hero of the needy – Mr Ramaswamy’s Interview on AIR (All India Radio). Listen to the interview on - http://banjaraacademy.org/videos.html

When someone falls sick, a loved one is dying, there is an accident or disability, or when someone is struck down with mental illness – Ramaswamy is the first name that comes to mind.

One phone call, and Ramaswamy does not give you advice what to do, he just informs you how many minutes it will take for him to reach you. Like the pizza delivery man, Ramaswamy is with you in minutes. He takes charge, quietly runs around doing everything possible to relieve the situation, provides solace and reassurance, and manages to get results at lightning speed. Be it a case of brain trauma or mental illness at NIMHANS, a serious case of cancer in Kidwai hospital, a destitute who needs admission in a government hospital, or a person from a far off village lost and desolate looking for a cure in the giant city of Bangalore – he’s there.

Ramaswamy has the uncanny knack of making friends with the right people – never for himself, but to ensure that the contacts he builds up will be useful when the next emergency strikes to a stranger who calls out to him. Travelling from one corner of the city to another, be it by car, scooter or BMTC bus, he does not hesitate to take every suffering soul to the right destination for the most appropriate and affordable cure. And he does not stop with that. He knows where financial relief is available, which authorities to wake up from their slumber to release most deserved concessions or grants to the poorest of poor. He completes his work and moves on …. To meet the next person in need.

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“Mano Charche” Empowering and Enriching conversation series on RadioActive 90.4MHz with With Dr.Ali Khwaja and Ms. Kanmani Read More

“Mano Charche” Empowering and Enriching conversation series on RadioActive 90.4MHz with With Dr.Ali Khwaja and Ms. Kanmani from Banjara Academy.

September 2019‘s topic - “What Is Family?” Tune in to listen, learn, practice and live well! You can hear the whole conversation in English and later summarised in Kannada.

Podcast Link - https://soundcloud.com/radioactivecr90-4mhz/mano-charche-whats-is-family-with-drali-khwaja-and-kanmani

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