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

Banjara Academy–Enriching Life Through Empowerment

Certificate in Child and Adolescent Development - CCAD-20 Batch Starting on 5th October 2019, at Banjara Academy, RT Nagar, Bangalore.

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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Certificate in Child and Adolescent Development - CCAD-20 Batch Starting on 5th October 2019, at Banjara Academy, RT Nagar, Bangalore.

Qualify to be a Certified in Child & Adolescent Development by completing 6 months course. Systematically enhance self-awareness, reach out to all the children needing emotional support. Immense physical and mental human development occurs between childhood and adulthood involving biological,

social, and psychological changes in children so be aware, be informed and be prepared! This course helps you to introspect about your own life, and prepares you to become practical and effective. At the CCAD course we adapt a unique form of learning where there is no theory or exams, but the skills are developed through experiential activities, group discussions and assignments.

For a copy CCAD course Prospectus Enquire at -

Call us on- 080-23330200/ 23535787 / 8861792260


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Manthan Camp
Spend two enjoyable fun-days at a residential camp in Manthan (opp. DPS, Yelahanka) and learn the joy of “Finding Inner Happiness”
Open to all. Be there before 6 p.m. on Friday 18th Oct, and Return at 2 p.m. Sunday 20th Oct, 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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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 –

Recent Activities

Mano Charche - All About Inner Happiness with Dr. Ali Khwaja and Kanmani

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