Some Of Our Faculty



Asha Sidd, a former banker with twenty years of experience in customer care and projects, she was always interested in human welfare, and hence she qualified herself with a Diploma in Counselling Skills and an Advanced Diploma in Family Counselling. After acquired her Masters in Applied Psychology from Madras University, she successfully completed her Ph.D., researching on effectiveness of training in life skills.

She is a trained assessor for Psycho-social and Educational traits of children and adults, and regularly does assessments as per the requirements of individuals and institutions. She is on the panel of career counselors for the Times of India and has written columns on career counselling in the Education Times and other publications, and has been interviewed on TV, Radio for career guidance.

She is an active counselor for professional, family, and child related issues, associated with Banjara Academy as its Director Academics. She has been regularly conducting training programs and workshops (in English, Kannada and Telugu) on topics as diverse as Stress, Time Management, Study Skills, Parenting, Motivation, Team work for

  • Reserve Bank of India, Customs and Excise, Income Tax Departments
  • Defence Institute of Quality Assurance, etc.
  • Corporate organizations like Infosys, Spiritual Solutions, Quest, Pace Technologies, IBM, etc. Teachers, parents and students of various schools and colleges in Bangalore and other places such as Doha (Qatar), Bellary, Hubli, Bylakuppe, Chennai, Kolkatta, Imphal, Pune, IIM, etc.
  • Prestigious NGOs working in diverse fields and requiring inputs for their staff, faculty and counsellors
  • Above all, she is a very humane and compassionate person, and reaches out genuinely to touch hearts wherever she goes, in her professional and personal capacity


Bhavani Ramesh - counsellorDr J. Bhavani Ramesh  has a Ph. D. in English specialising in Post-Modernism and Existential philosophy. Her M. Phil thesis applied Carl Gustav Jung's Mid-life Crisis theory to the Hindu married woman. After being a teacher for some years and a Soft Skills Trainer,  she followed her passion of becoming a counsellor. She completed several courses including Banjara Academy's Certificate in Counselling Skills (CCS) course, Diploma in Counselling Skills (DCS) course, Louise Hay's Heal Your Life workshop, Neuro Linguistic Programming under Richard McHugh and a postgraduation in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Dr Bhavani is a qualified counsellor with an NGO, Ashwini Charitable Trust which educates, empowers underprivileged children who live below the poverty line and supports them till they are self-reliant emotionally and financially.

As a counsellor she regularly creates opportunities for children to express their emotions through drama, dance, painting, etc. This is very therapeutic, especially for girls, who are often sidelined for the boys in their families. She also conducts Life Skills classes for these children who because of these efforts have developed confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, team spirit and higher emotional intelligence. In fact, Dr Bhavani has written and directed two  children's plays for public performances by the children of the trust. "The Last Call"  was a futuristic play about the environment.  "Astitva - The Search for Identity"  was based on Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory.



Dr R. Chaya Nair is a medical practitioner interested in stress-related problems and their management. She has earned various diplomas and certificates in counseling (Banjara Academy's Diploma in Counselling Skills, DCS-2000), Reiki, aromatherapy, meditation, and relaxation techniques. She has undergone the Art of Living course of Sri Sri Ravishankar, “Life” course of Swami Sukhabodhananda and Alma Mater course. She is an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) trainer and a Toastmaster on her way to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster award. She is a consultant pediatrician, adolescent consultant and a counsellor. She runs an organization called “Chrysalis” which conducts various programmes like communication skills and NLP. She has conducted stress management workshops at various corporate forums, and given talks at Rotary gatherings.


All of us at Banjara Academy congratulate Dr Rajdeep Manwani on receiving the National Award for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (2013)!

We thank Asha Sathya Narayanan for quickly providing us with this video of Dr Rajdeep receiving the award! Asha Sathya Narayanan is an alumna of the Diploma in Counselling Skills (DCS) course and the Advanced Certification in Student Counselling (ACSC) course.

Dr_Rajdeep_ManwaniDr. Rajdeep Manwani is an academician, trainer and quizmaster par excellence, both by training and by choice.
He is a triple postgraduate having completed his M. Com., MBA and M. Phil. and also a doctorate in commerce on the topic "Strategic evaluation of training in commercial banks".
He secured the gold medal for topping both the M. Com. and M. Phil. examinations in Mysore University.
An eloquent speaker, he is a winner of the International Tape Speech contest conducted by Toastmasters International.
He has hosted several training programmes and held management talk shows on radio.
At present, he is working as the co-ordinator in the Department of Commerce in Shri Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain college and is a part of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the college and also a key member of the research cell of the college. He is presently working on a research project entitled 'The role of management games in business education'.
He has trained, motivated and mentored over 4500 students and executives over a span of fourteen years and received excellent ratings from his corporate and educational clients which include Royal Orchid Hotels, Sobha Developers, AT&T India, etc.
He firmly believes in the motto of his life "Touching lives, making a difference".



Dr Shama Kittur, fitness consultant and chief-in-charge, Dendrite Sports and Fitness Medicine Centre, pursued her medical degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum. Her expertise in the area of sports injury and management is augmented by her personal involvement in the field of sports. Having represented India as an international badminton player has empowered her to understand the physical and mental demands of a sports person. She also holds the highly coveted certificate of Health and Fitness Instructor authenticated by the American College of Sports Medicine. She prescribes rehabilitation and fitness protocols to expedite recovery in players thereby enabling them to get back to their mainstream competitive sports.


Dr Sumathi K T (Ph. D.) is a former banker and lecturer. She did Banjara Academy's Diploma in Counselling Skills (DCS) course in 2002 and subsequently was trained as a counselor by the faculties of Gestalt Institute, Netherlands. She worked with an NGO based in Chennai and conducted many “Train the Trainer” programs all over Karnataka and elsewhere. She has been a guest faculty at Banjara Academy and has addressed various parents groups in both English and Kannada. She works as an in-house counselor for some IT companies and also has a private practice.


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