Division of Yoga & Life Sciences

Dean: Prof. B.N.Gangadhar Ph.D.life sciences copy
Co-ordinator: Dr.Purnendu Sharma

About Dean:
Prof. B.N.Gangadhar Dean,Division of Yoga & Life Sciences obtained MD in 1981 from national Institute of Mental health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), premier Psychiatry Institute in India. He has been a faculty in the same Institute since then. Currently, he is a professor of Psychiatry. He was also the Medical Superintendent of NIMHANS hospital till Jan 2010. He has published over 240 scientific articles in peer-reviewed national and International journals. His research areas include ECT, RTMS & Yoga, Schizophrenia and Community Psychiatry. He heads an advanced center for Yoga therapy at NIMHANS. He has coordinated the development and design of a patented indigenous ECT machine. He has received the prestigious Sir CV Raman award in 1999 and the BC Roy award in 2010 by the Karnataka Government. He is also the Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences. He has guided four PHDs and nearly 20 MD dissertations. Dr Gangadhar is the associate editor of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica and a coeditor for the Asian Journal of Psychiatry. He has traveled widely on scientific agenda and has served on organizations like WHO.

This Division of Yoga & Life Sciences includes the following departments.

  • Department of Health Sciences
  • Department of Bio-Sciences
  • Department of Natural Sciences

Department of Health Sciences


  • To prevent ailments and promote Positive health
  • To effectively treat diseases the holistic way
  • To bring out normalization through long-term rehabilitation
  • To evolve diagnostic tools using modern technology and ancient insights.
  • To create Health care professionals and paramedical persons with holistic vision, clinical knowledge and skills

Section A (Asha): Neurology/Oncology – Dr.Purnendu Sharma
Section B (Komala): Cardiology/Pulmonology – Dr. Neeraja Tripati
Section C (Mamatha): Psychiatry – Dr. Hemanth Bhargav
Section D (Karuna): Rheumatology – Dr. Dinesh Kumar
Section E (Bhavana): Spinal disorders – Dr. Padmini Tekur
Section F (Daya): Metabolic disorders – Dr. Ashwin
Section G (Ghambira): Gastroenterology – Dr. Kamala / Dr. Vinod
Section H (Ondaraya): Endocrinology – Dr. Lakshmi.R
Section I (Priya): Promotion to postive Health – Dr. Amith

Department of Bio-Sciences


  • Brain research to understand and promote more efficient functioning of brain and ANS
  • To get greater insights about Prana, mind, emotions and intellect
  • To investigate paranormal phenomena
  • To lead towards better appreciation of the role of consciousness as the basis of all creation.

Section 1: Biochemistry (Jaivarasayana Vidya)
Section 2: Bio Physics (Jaiva Bhoutike Vidya)
Section 3: Clinical Neurosciences (Snayu Vaidyake Vidya) – Dr Shirley Telles, MBBS
Section 4: Immunology (Nairodhake Vidya) – Dr Chandrashekar, MBBS, MD, DNB (Int Med), DM (Clin Imm)
Section 5: Molecular Biology (Anaveya Jaivike Vidya)
Section 6: Parapsychology (Para Mano Vidya)
Section 7: Physiology (Sarerike Vidya)
Section 8: Psychology (Mano Vidya) – Prof Anand Paranjpe PhD

  • Assistant Professor : Dr Naveen K V, BNYS, PhD, Dr Manjunath N K, BNYS, PhD
  • Lecturer : Dr Vadiraja, BNYS, Regd PhD candidate
  • Scientist, Junior : Dr Manoj Dash, BHMS, Regd PhD candidate

Department of Natural Sciences


  • To study the effect of various yoga practices on the plants and animals particularly on their health and productivity.
  • To get greater insights about the connections between living and non-living systems through Prana, mind, emotions and intellect.
  • To investigate the effect of paranormal phenomena and the role of consciousness on plants, animals, etc.

Section 1: Agricultural Sciences (Krsi Vidhya) – Sri Girish
Section 2: Dairy Sciences (Pasupalana Vidya) – Dr. Ramesh
Section 3: Forestry (Aranyake Vidya) – Sri Girish
Section 4: Horticulture (Phalodyanake Vidya)
Section 5: Medicinal Plants (Ausadheya Vidya) – Dr.Ramakrishna
Section 6: Microbiology including Mycology, Bacteriology and Virology (Sukuma Jaivike Vidya) – Dr.Ramesh
Section 7: Soil, Water and Aero-biology (Mrjjala Vayu Jaivike Vidya) – Prof. Radhakrishna
Section 8: Wild Life (Aranya Pasu Vidya)

This Division offers short-term courses and elective courses (to be chosen by MSc and PhD students). The Department of Health Sciences is attached with a 160 beds yoga therapy Health Home (Arogyadhama) meant to not only treat the yoga therapy participants (we do not call them patients) suffering from various modern ailments but also draw normal persons for prevention of possible illness and promotion of positive health by the Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT). The students will not only acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience by their own yoga practices but also get the rich experience of working with doctors, senior yoga therapists and with the yoga therapy participants. Handling them under severe conditions of the diseases immensely help them to become confident of their learning and usefulness of IAYT. The research section with modern gadgets helps them to measure the changes in these participants to assess the improvements.

The Department of Bio-Sciences includes the following laboratories: the psychophysiology, Neuro-psychology, sleep lab, metabolic analyzer lab, immune lab, bio-chemistry and psychology labs. It is here that the students get the necessary training to do research of international standards. The modern scientific research is applied to esoteric dimensions of tradition as well as investigations into the paranormal. Essentially this department is meant for the basic research to understand the effects of various yoga practices on human systems.

The Department of Natural Sciences has 8 sections encompassing a large spectrum of living systems and their changes due to interactions with human beings. The effect of Agnihotra, Sound, Music, Vedic chanting etc. on plants and animals is studied in great detail in this department. The department includes agricultural farms, gardens, forests, horticultural plants and a GoSala with more than 100 cows. The usefulness of cowdung, Gomutra or urine of cows as possible medicines is also studied.