Chancellor, S-VYASA

Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana

A Journey from NASA to VYASA
Combine the best of the East with that of the West
As a distinguished alumnus of IISc, Bangalore, he travelled to Canada (University of British Columbia), NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, USA as Associate, consultant to Harvard engineering /sciences lab and visiting staff at Imperial College of Sc and Tech, London form 1969 to 73. Then, the Life and Message of Swami Vivekananda inspired him to join as Honorary Director of Training in Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.

In search of reality, Dr. H R Nagendra found that the Modern Science has only touched the physical and creation has many subtle and causal dimensions which ancient seers of India had fathomed, realized, documented and time tested for its usefulness. So he jumped into this wisdom contained in Upanishads of Yoga and spiritual lore. He was fascinated by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda who brought out this great wisdom in modern terminology and urged to ‘Combine the Best of the East with that of the West’. Later on, he was asked by the UGC to bring the wisdom of Yoga to University campuses and the VYASA had 9 campuses in which Yoga Centers were established. With the success story growing further, the UGC accorded a Deemed-to-be University status in 2002 to S-VYASA for which he became the first Vice-Chancellor. He has been the guiding force behind the VYASA movement, and is now the Chancellor of S-VYASA University.

He has been instrumental in co-coordinating the efforts of several people to bring up a nice Prashanti Kutiram campus of about 100 acres of scenic beauty 32 kms from Bangalore and 5 kms from Bannerghatta – Jigani – Anekal National Highway. The campus is the developing Head Quarters of S-VYASA with research as the main aim. Prashanti has developed a 250 bedded in-depth Arogyadhama of Yoga of international acclaim treating mostly all NCD patients with the best of modern medicine, Yoga Therapy, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture; it also prevents diseases and Promotes Positive Health.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Padma Shri award, Government of India – 2016
  • Rotarian Award – 2016
  • FKCCI Karnataka Award – 2016
  • Alumni Award of IISc, Bengaluru – 2015
  • Light of Yoga award from Hindu Students Council, New Jersey, USA – 2015
  • Global Peace Award in UNO hall from Sri Swami Madhavananda, World Peace Council, Vienna – 2015
  • Bharat Gaurav award in British Parliament – 2015
  • Kannada Rajyotsava Award (for Organization) – 2010
  • International Yoga Grand Master Award from Portuguese Yoga Confederation – 2013
  • Recipient of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya Science Award for the contributions in the field of Yoga Education and Yoga Therapy from Svadeshi Vijnana Andholan, Karnataka – 2010
  • National Citizens Award from the hands of Justice P N Bhagavati, Hon’ble Chairman, United Nations Human Rights Commission – 2001
  • Nominated by the American Biographical Association for the Distinguished Leadership award for his service to humanity
  • Recipient of Bhaskar award for the contributions in the field of Yoga by organizers of Mystic India Exhibition, New Delhi from the hands of Sri Ramananda Sagar – 1997
  • Recipient of Patanjali Award 1997 for the contributions in the field of Yoga by ISM&H, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India through Director, ISM&H in Bengaluru
  • Award by the Chief Minister, Govt of Delhi for contributions in the field of Yoga Therapy – 1995
  • Yoga Shri award by Padmashri Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, organized by Bengaluru Yoga Association – 1995
  • Man of Excellence award by the Badaganadu Sangha Association, Bengaluru – 1994


  • Chairmanship of IDY, Task Force, Padma Award Committee member, etc.
  • Chairman of a Documentation Committee set up by CCRYN, Ministry of Health & Food, Government of India
  • Vice- President, Indian Yoga Association
  • Member of the Governing Council of Central Institute of Yoga Research, New Delhi
  • Member of the Working Group of Experts for Planning Commission under the Ministry of Health (Indian Systems of Medicine)
  • Member of the Working Group of Experts for preparation and approval of Syllabus for Courses in Yoga and Naturopathy under the Ministry of Health (Indian Systems of Medicine)
  • Member of the Selection Board for selecting Deputy Director (Yoga) for CCRYN under the department of ISM&H, Government of India
  • Member of the Governing Council and Finance Committee for National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune
  • Member of the Board of Studies for the subject of Science of Living, Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladanu (Rajasthan)
  • Member of the Board of Studies in Yoga in Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer and also for Bengaluru and Mangalore Universities
  • Member of the Expert Committee of Ayurveda in NIMHANS University
  • Consultation Yoga, Swinburne University, School of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne
  • Member, Governing Council of Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore
  • Working President, Vishwa Mangala Gou Grama Yathra