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Is it an office, is it a business house, is it a charitable institution?

No, Banjara is none of the above

Banjara Academy just happened, and its reach has grown over the decades. It currently touches more lives than it ever did before. The fact that the number of people benefitting from our association is ever increasing is what we would like to claim as our major achievement. The fact that we have made many people sit up and pay attention to many hitherto ignored or misunderstood issues involving human relationships, child upbringing, etc is what we regard as our foremost achievement.

Our efforts have been acknowledged by many organizations over the years. Our online short-term and long-term courses and classroom courses on counselling skills have been appreciated and recognized as very useful and at times indispensable in the understanding of human relations by many academic institutions, corporates, hospitals, etc. It has been very heartening to see that many of our students have been employed for their counselling skills in different organizations around the country, and the world. Here are just a few of them:

Rotary International, Kidwai Institute of Oncology, Institute of Human Resources Development, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, YMCA, Sudatta, Defence Institute of Quality Assurance, Navabharath Trust, the Indian Air Force, Acharya Patashala, Senior Citizen’s Clubs, various centres for disabled, most reputed universities and educational institutions have appreciated our services and have associated with us frequently in the conduct of our many programs. We would like to proudly and humbly acknowledge that some of the most prestigious institutions and organizations invite us frequently to conduct training, provide counseling, or train their trainers.

Mission

Banjara Academy wishes to be known as an institution with a heart. It is committed to improving the quality of life of the people it touches in its journey. We believe that every human being is unique, with immense untapped potential. Our mission is to open the doors for the flow of emotions, energy and release the potential. Do join us on this road less travelled.

We are playing, and we will continue to play, a role in helping human beings understand each other better, thereby helping improve interpersonal relationships. This significantly enriches lives through empowerment.  It is our constant endeavor to help individuals build their self-esteem, again a very crucial element in improving the quality of life.

The doors of the Banjara Academy are – and will always remain open to individuals who seek guidance in child, adolescent, family, and inter-personal emotional issues. We consider ourselves blessed whenever we make a positive difference to the well-being of anyone who comes to us.

We believe in the mission -
“Enriching Life Through Empowerment”

We not only provide free counselling to anyone who walks in, calls us, or writes to us, but also extend our services to nine public hospitals where patients and care givers need emotional support.

We believe that anyone can be trained in the vital fields of psychological counselling, life skills training and career guidance. Hence, we have constantly been endeavoring to train as many people as possible, so that the ripple effect reaches out to people at large. We have very convenient face-to-face part-time programs suiting people of all backgrounds and ages, and for those who cannot come and attend, we also have on-line programs.

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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.