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Yes, DCS is designed to suit even those who do not have prior theoretical knowledge of psychology. If you are fascinated by human behaviour, you will get ample opportunity to dive deeper into understanding human emotions and behaviour!

The course is simple and at a very practical level and helps you to understand relationships. We  do not have textbooks or syllabus. We will mail you short notes which are easy to understand and comprehend. DCS helps you to become more self-aware and identify your hidden potential. You can certainly use DCS as a means of self-growth as well as to kick start your second innings in a new and meaningful field like counselling.

As long as you are able to understand and reflect the other person’s feelings and emotions, and have a basic knowledge of English, you will be able to go through the course without any difficulty.

While you would have gained theoretic knowledge in the field of psychology, DCS will complement your learning to enhance your practical skills to be able to actually deal with different types of human behaviour and issues. It is totally experiential without any theory or text book. Internships at various institutions of your choice help you with practical learning.

DCS can be managed along with your existing career to start with. You can use this one year journey to identify your core strengths and make a gradual shift into the world of human behaviour, which is immensely satisfying.

Counseling is a two-way process. When you work on self, you are able to help others better as you experience the change in yourself. Simultaneously, helping others also makes you a better person and expands your perception on various aspects of life. In fact you may be more effective in some ways because you will be able to empathize with others who are facing trauma.  Also, counseling at the Academy is free and you can meet up  and discuss with any one of us who you feel comfortable with.

It could possibly be a little overwhelming in the beginning. However, we will train you to emotionally insulate yourself and not get affected. Managing your own emotions and preventing burnout forms a very important part of the course. Throughout the course, we take up several case studies and role-plays to help you to empathize, and emotionally detach yourself from your counselee.

You can certainly pick up all the practical skills of counselling and reach out to people in whichever sector you are concerned about. You will in fact be more mature and understanding of people’s issues due to your long work experience.  You can, if you wish, become a part of our team of  volunteers working in hospitals, and guide, help and give emotional support to patients and their care-givers. That way you can surely do meaningful work – and of course, you can choose to take up counselling as a career option as well.

Yes, if you are a caring and sensitive human being and have keen interest in human behaviour then after detailed discussion, we will guide you how to adapt yourself to the program.  Educational qualifications do not determine your eligibility to the course.

DCS provides an ‘environment for learning’ which includes role plays, demonstrations, face to face interactions, understanding a person’s body language, building rapport using non-verbal cues etc. All this is best imbibed in a classroom environment, both from the faculty as well as your classmates. You will have personal interaction with people from different ages and stages in life which can significantly broaden your horizons and change your attitude towards life and relationships. Well you may get used to the travel since it is only twice a week, and you may find others you can share transport with.

We have four teams and most topics are covered four times. In case you are going to miss a class with your team, you can attend the same with any other team. So, if you plan systematically, you can take the break without actually losing any class.  We will guide you suitably.

We do not give any guarantee of jobs. However, our students are working in a wide range of institutions including schools, colleges, NGOs, corporate offices, government institutions, and some have even opened their own counselling centres. In fact, many organizations reach out to us when they need counselors. All such vacancies are put up on the website for the benefit our students.

We have had innumerable students coming from various places and some from even other countries to pursue this program (Salem, Coimbatore, Mumbai, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Iran, Tumkur, Maldives etc) You can take up a PG accommodation near to the Academy and pursue your DCS as well as take up internship in other organisations to hone your counselling skills, or take up part-time job to occupy your free time.  We will guide you suitably.

We have consciously kept away from any affiliation or recognition, though we were offered affiliations to reputed institutions. All our courses have been designed without exams and tests, hence that gives you ease of learning with any pressure of completing portions or being worried about exams, grades or marks.

We are members with fully voting rights of the World Federation for Mental Health, USA.

Founder's Note

DR. ALI KHWAJA B.Tech(IIT),MIE, MIIE, Ph.D

Chairman of Banjara Academy, Counsellor, Columnist

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 behavior.
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 over 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.

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Data Sciences & Analytics

Since data, information and statistics available through Internet is increasing exponentially at a very rapid pace, there is going to be a need for thousands of professionals who will be able to collect, sort, analyze and project the right information required by decision makers.

Data Analytics is required by retailers, health care professionals, scientists, technologists, legal fraternity, marketing personnel, agriculture, in fact in almost every activity that we can think of. Harvard Business Review has ranked it as the biggest employment provider of the next decade.  Estimates predict over 2 lakh vacancies in India alone in the next few years.

The jobs on offer will range from Data Mining (extracting the data from various sites and portals) to Data Warehousing (like the way Storekeepers keep components in their right place and keep track of their inflow and outflow), Data Analysis  (analyzing, sorting, prioritizing the information and understanding the importance of each bit), Data Management (managing the staff in Data Analytics department) and those who are capable of using the Data to predict future trends and its proper use.

Personnel will require to be good in math, statistics, or information science, while at the higher end there is need for experts in human psychology, and those who have a vision of the future and are risk-takers. Latest software that train professionals include Hadoop, Python, Apache Spark, Julia and R.

Some large companies like TCS and WNS have formulated the curriculum to be taught to students at PG level to make them industry-ready, and are willing to provide immediate employment on fairly lucrative remuneration. Both M.Tech (for engineers) and M.Sc. programs will be offered. 75 colleges all over the country are already offering Retail Analytics as a subject in B.Com or BBA.

Functions in Data sciences include: Data classification, clustering, cleaning, mining, navigation, visualization, warehousing, decision tree, applying models.

Career in Animation

Interested in a career in animation?  Ensure that you have, or can build, creative thinking.  In any design field, a person who can explore, look outside-the-box, and do lateral thinking, becomes most successful.  Many people do not understand the concept, and only focus on their drawing skills.  Drawing is only one part of being a good animator.  Developing a mind that can generate new ideas and fascinating visuals, is more important.

What is creative thinking? 

Creative thinking is an Ability, attitude, and a process.

Believe it or not, everyone has substantial creative ability. Just look at how creative children are. In adults, creativity has too often been suppressed through education, but it is still there and can be reawakened.

Thinking out of the box: the ability to generate new ideas by combining, changing, or reapplying existing ideas. Some creative ideas are astonishing and brilliant, while others are just simple, good, practical ideas that no one seems to have thought of yet.

Often all that's needed to be creative is to make a commitment to creativity and to take the time for it.

As children we are all capable of thinking out of the box then why is it that as we grow we stop, the reasons could be any of these blocks that we put in our mind as we grow up:  “Oh no it is a problem, it can’t be done, I cant do anything about, I am not creative, that is being childish, what will people think? I might fail.”

Ali’s Notes

I belong to the era when everything was repaired, recycled, re-used till it became totally useless.

Clothes were handed down, altered to suit younger people, then cut into smaller pieces for babies or kitchen use.  Cars were used for 20-40 years with expert mechanics repairing even at your home if they do not start. Home appliances were tied with cloth or sticking tape till they stopped completely.

Today we want instant gratification in the form of replacement instead of repairing. We want Version 2.0, 3.1 or we want 4G and 5G.  We easily discard the old and move on. What happens to the old, tried and tested?  What happens to delayed gratification, and what happens to a sense of belonging to our old things?

We are risking becoming rudderless and without a mental anchor.

Republic Day came and went.  We all celebrated not only having become a Republic, but having upheld and sustained the constitution and democracy that defines India today, 75 years down the pages of history.

While we got a well-deserved holiday to celebrate and relax, I saw around me thousands of daily-wagers, auto-drivers, farm workers, pourakarmikas and street-side vendors, who had to work even on the auspicious day.  They could not afford to take an off…. but they are the ones who make our life comfortable 365 days of the year. They are the real heroes and heroines.

Whenever possible please spend a few moments reaching out to them, giving them a small gift or some sweet and a kind word of acknowledgement of their services to us.

 

Self evaluation exercise to check out

How Assertive are you?

Assertiveness is the mean between (aggressive, dominating, pushy) on one side and (submissive, passive, withdrawn, scared) on the other.  An assertive person tries to balance his needs with that of others, he makes others understand what he wants, and at the same time tries to understand what makes others happy.  It is possible to build assertiveness at any age, but one has to work patiently on it.

 

 Answer the following questions marking between 1 to 5 :

(5) Always   (4) Often   (3) Sometimes   (2) Rarely   (1) Never

 

  1. 1) I ask others to do things for me without feeling  guilty or anxious.
  2. 2) When someone asks me to do something I don't want to do, I say "no" without feeling guilty or anxious.
  3. 3) I am comfortable when speaking to a large group of people.
  4. 4) I confidently express my honest opinions to au­thority figures (such as my boss).
  5. 5) When I experience powerful feelings (anger, frus­trations, disappointment etc.), I verbalize them easily.
  6. 6) When  I express anger I do so without blaming others for "making me mad".
  7. 7) I am comfortable speaking up in a group situation.
  8. 8) If I disagree with the majority  opinion  in  a meeting, I can "stick to my guns" without feeling uncom­fortable or being abrasive.
  9. 9) When I make a mistake, I acknowledge it.
  10. 10) I  tell  others  when their  behavior  creates problem for me.
  11. 11) Meeting  new people in social situations is  some­thing I do with ease and comfort.
  12. 12) When discussing my beliefs, I do so without label­ing the opinions of others as "crazy,  stupid,  ridicu­lous, irrational".
  13. 13) I assume that most people are competent and trust­worthy so I can delegate work easily.
  14. 14) When  considering  doing something  I  have  never done, I feel confident I can learn to do it.
  15. 15) I  believe my needs are as important as  those  of others and I am entitled to have my needs satisfied.

 

 

Now you can check your score to see how Assertive you are:

If you have scored above 60, you are quite assertive;

A score between 45-60 means you are reasonably assertive, but you give in at times

If you have scored between 30-45 you are quite submissive and you need to work on it

If by chance you have scored less than 30 then you need help badly, and you have become very submissive or passive.