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Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy About Us



One regular course of Post Graduate degree in Yoga in Odisha was the dream of Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pradhan, IAS (Retd.), founder President of Viswa Seva Sangha Trust, Nuapada, Deogarh District, Odisha. Accordingly, the founder president of the Trust discussed with the then Registrar, Utkal University of Culture, Sri Balakrishna Behera, IAS. Accordingly, a new syllabus of M.A. in Yoga was approved by the Utkal University of Culture for the first time.

In the year 2003, a proposal was submitted to Secretary and Commissioner, Culture Department, Government of Odisha to issue No Objection Certificate to establish a M.A. in Yoga College in Bhubaneswar. The Government of Odisha in Culture Department was enough to issue NOC in favour of the Educational Agency, Viswa Seva Sangha Trust, Nuapada, Deogarh. Accordingly, the Viswa Seva Sangha Trust submitted its application to the Utkal University of Culture to establish its M.A. in Yoga College in the honour of H.H. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, and named as Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy (SYVA). In course of time various authorities changed but ultimately the institution got its affiliation vide order No. 636 dated 25.03.2015 due to positive support of the Registrar, Dr. Suman Das, Dr. M.K. Panigrahi, the then Controller of Examinations, the then Vice  hancellor of Utkal University of Culture, Prof. Debendra Nath Jena and Dr. Arabinda Padhi, the then Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Culture Department, Government of Odisha. The institution got permission to start admission from the academic session 2015-16 with capacity of 60 students .

In effort we acknowledge the contribution of Swami Padmanavananda Saraswati Ji, General Secretary, International Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, Himalayas, India, H.H. Swami Sivachidananda Saraswati, H.H. Swami Dharma Prakashananda Saraswati, H.H. Swami Nirliptananda Saraswati, Vice President, International Divine Life Society and Sri Udaya Nath Mohanty, OES (I) Retd., Reader in Sanskrit, Dr. Dinesh Prasad Swain, Ms. Bishnupriya Acharya, Yoga Expert, Kalicharan Samantary, Secretary Biju Patnaik Computer Academy, Sri Pabitra Routray, CMD, Sri Krishna Group of Companies, Nayapalli. We express our deep gratitude to all of them.

Swami Sivananda Saraswati

 Institution is dedicated in the honour of “Param Gurudev” and the modern propagator of Yoga in Modern age. The book of ‘Yoga Asanas” was first printed by H.H. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj in the year 1931 and recently 14th edition of the book is reprinted. A small biography as published in the cover page of the above book by   ternational Divine Life Society is extracted below :

“Born on the 8th September 1887, in the illustrious family of Sage Appayya Dikshitar and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind.

His passion drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He iscovered that people needed right knowledge most of all dissemination of that knowledge, he  espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi,  Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta.

In 1932 Swami Sivanandaji started the Sivanandashram. In 1936, was born ‘The Divine Live Society’. In 1948 the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 Swamiji undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 wamiji convened a “World Parliament of Religions”. Swamiji is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities,  religions and creeds. To read Swamiji’s works is to drink at the fountain of wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 Swamiji entered Mahasamadhi”.

The Trust

Viswa Seva Sangha Trust

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pradhan now retired from Indian Administrative Service, a traditional yoga teacher since 1980 and a visionary dreamt to develop the rural areas  surrounding to his birth place, Nuapada. Accordingly, Viswa Seva Sangha Trust was started as a Public Trust on 23.03.1993. However, it was registered as a public
trust in the year 1996 , dated 26.04.1996 and executed at the District Sub-Registrar, Deogarh.

Founder Trustees:

  • Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pradhan
  • Dr. Savitri Nanda
  • Dr. Kalyani Das
  • Sri Pravakar Pradhan
  • Sri Jagabandhu Pradhan
  • Smt. Rajashree Nanda
  • Smt. Sailabala Dehury
  • Sri Prabodh Kumar Pradhan
  • Late Muralidhar Biswal

Lalita Ananta Rushikula Sanskrit Vidyalaya (LARKSVidyalaya)

Dual purpose of encouraging Indian culture and to bring the educational facilities to the doorsteps of poor students, one Sanskrit School with the above name has been  stablished. The school has been opened since 1993-94. It imparts education in traditional Sanskrit up to Madhyama level (matriculation Standard) under the Board of  econdary Education, Orissa. This Institution is first of its kind in Deogarh District

Swami Sivananda Sanskrit College

Swami Sivananda Sanskrit College was established by the Trust with the great contribution of its founder President , Late Ananta Charan Pradhan in the year 1997. The  ollege is prosecuting in its academic activities under the guidelines of Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri. Although the college was started with only Upashastri (+2 classes) it has now been upgraded to Shastri (+3 Classes) since 1998-99. It is now under the Grant-in-Aid fold of Government of Odisha.

Swami Premananda Industrial Training Centre

The Trust has established an Industrial Training Center and was imparting short duration technical courses to the needy students of the area. The Industrial Training Center had been established in the year 1997 at the block head quarters. However, due to non-availability of space, the Industrial Training Center has been shifted from Reamal to “Rameswar Vihar”, Nuapada since October, 2001. Land donated by Late Ananta Charan Pradhan, Late Smt. Lalita Pradhan and Smt. Rani Behera was of immense help to the institute. The Director Technical Education, Orissa and National Council for Vocational Training, New Delhi has approved to open Electrical & Fitter Trades from July, 2007.

Sri Rameswar Temple

Sri Rameswar Temple was completed and opened for darshan on 17.03.2006 by Pujya Sri Dibyasingh Dev Gajapati Maharaja, Puri.

Sri Rameswar Veda Pathasala

One Veda Pathasala in the traditional Indian culture was another dream of the founder trustee. Although no official government recognition has been obtained by the Trust, regular theoretical and practical training are imparted to poor brahmin students with regular education in ‘Karma Kanda’ for earning their livelihood.

The Institute

Viswa Seva Sangha Trust has established SIVANANDA YOGA VEDANTA ACADEMY (SYVA), and limited activities to short duration Training Courses since 2007. However, with a view to helping the interested students to make Yoga and Naturopathy as their career, a post graduate course (M.A. in Yoga) was started with affiliation under Utkal University of Culture from 2015-16. The institute is approved by Government of Odisha and affiliated to Utkal University of Culture, Odisha vide their letter No. 3104 dated 28.07.2007 and Letter No. 636 dtd. 25.03.2015 respectively. The college is now functioning at Plot No.F-115, Goutam Nagar, Bhubaneswar, District: Khurda, Odisha, India.

Vision and Mission:


The basic aim of yoga academy is to propagate yoga and Vedanta by importing proper training to the students. The students taking admission in the institute are to be  trained in both theory and practice of yoga so as to enable them to create confidence for propagation of yoga, Vedanta in particular and Indian Culture in general.
 Our vision is to develop well rounded, confident and responsible individuals who aspire to achieve their full potential. We will do this by providing a welcoming, happy, safe, and supportive learning environment inwhich everyone is equal and all achievements are celebrated.


Lot of rural unemployed and poor graduates passing from different rural colleges of Odisha are not having self confidence among them. The mission of the institute is to prepare those rural youth for discovering their hidden inherent talents and to serve the society in general and to themselves in particular.

Our Objectives:

To provide a rich, stimulating and caring environment in which the child feels happy, safe, secure and confident .To enable each child to reach their full potential by fostering self esteem and a sense of achievement. To encourage the development of skills and attitudes to promote lifelong learning

Advisory Committee:

An Advisory Committee of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy is constituted comprising the following members to advise in the academic matters/clinical matters to make the academy a successful institution.

 Swami Santananda Saraswati, Saint, Divine Life Society

  • Dr. S.N. Pradhan, M.D., Pathology, Ex-Sr. Pathologist, Municipal Hospital, Bhubaneswar
  •  Dr. Guru Prasad Chhotray, MD(Path & Bact), Consultant Pathologist, Ex-HoD, Pathology & Microbiology,RMRC(ICMR)
  •  Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Panda, M.D., D.M., Associate Professor of Rheumatology, SUM Hospital, Bhubaneswar
  •  Dr. Pramod Kumar Pradhan, MD, Addl. Director of Health (Retd.), Govt. of Odisha
  •  Dr. Prasanta Kumar Acharya, OES(I) Retd., Ex-Reader in Sanskrit
  •  Dr. Monashis Sahu, F.A.C.E.(USA), MD (Medicine), DM (Endocrinology), Sr. Consultant-Endocrinologist, NewDelhi
  •  Dr. Meenakshi T. Sahu, MD, DNB, FICOG, MRCOG(UK), Sr. Consultant-Gynecologist IVF, New Delhi
  •  Dr. Dinesh Prasad Swain, Asst. Professor, Sri Sri University, Sri Vihar, Cuttack, Odisha
  •  Dr. Shiv Narayan Sahu, M.S., M.D., Trilochan Netralaya, Sambalpur, Odisha
  •  Dr. Rabi Chandra Garhnaik, M.D.(TB & Chest), Joint Director of Health, Govt. of Odisha, Bhubaneswar.
  •  Dr. S.N. Parija, M.D., Senior Medicine Specialist (Retd.), Govt. of India
  •  Dr. A.K. Panda, M.S., Senior Specialist, ENT (Retd.), Capital Hospital

Admission Procedure


Eligibility :

Any Graduate (10+2+3) or equivalent from any recognized University with 40% marks in aggregate is eligible. There is no age bar.

Regulation of the Utkal University of Culture will be followed from time to time and both male and female can take admission.