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Life skills have been internationally identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) of United Nations as the most important learning and an asset to lead a fulfilling life.

In India CBSE has made Life Skills training compulsory, and most other Boards are following it up. Engineering colleges are incorporating life skills training to ensure that students are made industry-ready; Bangalore University has made it compulsory for Arts, Science and Commerce students to study Life Skills in 4th Semester.  Many prestigious corporate and business organisations are looking for soft-skills trained candidates.

Banjara and its alumni are associated with a number of institutions to conduct Life Skills programs.

With more than 30 years of experience in counselling, training, empowering trainers and imparting life skills, Team Banjara offers this program to empower you to systematically and scientifically either learn for yourself or to guide others, i.e. adults, youngsters or children to improve their quality of life. You may also consider using this skill for a business venture.

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Lectures, case studies and activities through videos and notes sent to you once a week. In addition, weekly review classes through webinars will be held to clarify doubts.

The aim is to help you connect your learning to real life scenarios. No grading or marks will be allotted. Criteria for course completion will be your actual skill development.
The course has been designed through scientific methods from many years of experience of Dr. Ali Khwaja and Team Banjara.

Course Content

The program has been built on the 10 essential Life Skills propounded by World Health Organization (WHO), which are

1)Problem Solving
2)Decision Making
3)Creative Thinking
4)Critical Thinking
5)Communication  Skills
6)Interpersonal Relation
8)Self Awareness
9)Managing Emotions
10)Management  of Stress

The course has techniques and methods adapted to Indian conditions. Topics include Self esteem, Assertiveness, team building, Openness, flexibility etc, and also topics based on Value Education like Honesty, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, Respect, Purpose of Life.


This program is Open to all adults who are concerned and want to understand the importance of Life Skills as an essential aspect of handling growth, challenges and smooth development.

While the program is meant for persons with an academic background up to graduation level, those with and lesser qualification are also considered on interview, if they are caring and sensitive human beings and have had sufficient exposure to life.
What you need is the right attitude to strictly follow the guidelines of the course and the Academy, and a sincere commitment to understand human beings and to guide people sincerely in terms of their future-plans and careers.

We are members with voting rights of
World Federation for Mental Health

Life skill certification bangalore

This year has been exceptionally bad for many students in terms of exams.

Board exams for lower classes were announced, cancelled, held again, and then results have been withheld.  Those appearing for regular Board exams were told that they can appear three time to improve their scores – but many are feeling the stress of preparing and appearing multiple times for these Boards. Students have been complaining of pressure from their parents, and sometimes even teachers, to continue attempts on the hope that they will get better marks. Students who appeared for K-CET came out very distraught from the examination hall because they found many questions were not from the syllabus, and even now we are getting many phone calls of students who feel they may not score well enough to get into a good college.

The basic degree is only a stepping stone to lifelong learning & growth.  Rather than preparing only for exams, those who have a positive mindset, sharpen soft skills, and learn beyond the curriculum will succeed in the long run. They can sharpen the 10 Life Skills enunciated by United Nations, i.e.  Self-awareness Decision-making, Problem solving, creative and critical thinking, communication skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and empathy.

Learn to Enjoy Stress - By Dr. Ali Khwaja

I can communicate to you for any of the following purposes:

  • To inform
  • To entertain
  • To educate
  • To convince
  • To motivate & inspire
  • To gain control
  • To seek emotional support or catharsis
  • To manipulate

It takes courage and a lot of will-power to go against the tide.  You have taken the first step in the direction of true learning and understanding of children by plunging into CCAD.  Now, as you continue your journey, ask yourself a basic question – what is the purpose of your communication with anyone any time, particularly with children? We have tried to make this a true learning exercise i.e. empowering you to start your journey of further enriching lives.  The effect will seep in slowly, but surely.  No miracles promised or delivered.  But the slow miracle of CCAD will come like the seed hidden below the ground sprouts one fine day, and then goes on growing …. and growing.  But do remember that you need constant practice, like the plant needs watering. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the exercises and activities your Mentor is giving you, just give it your best shot – ali

Ali’s Notes:

There are so many people who you interact with regularly, some on a daily basis.  A few we give great importance to, and many others we take for granted.

If you are a middle-class person you may be having part/full time domestic help at home. Either you are lucky to have reliable continuous employees, or perhaps you have had to change them from time to time.  Either way, how much significance have you given to them as individuals, as humans?

Their experiences, and hence their priorities in life, are so different from ours. Even when we get exasperated sometimes with their behaviour, we need to understand certain issues from their perspective.  Do take time to do that and see if you can understand them better individually.  This will help you too.

We did a survey to understand them, and I presented it on Fb Live which is available on YouTube later also if you wish to watch.