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Guidelines for Setting up Departments of Vedic Astrology in Universities
nder the Purview of University Grants Commission

  UGC Circular
  Institutions Where Astrology is Being Taught as Part of Sanskrit or Other Branch
  Foreign Institutions Teaching Astrology

Guidelines for Setting up Departments of Vedic Astrology in Universities Under the Purview of University Grants Commission


Beneficiaries of these courses would be students, teachers, professionals from modern streams like doctors, architects, marketing, financial, economic and political analysts, etc.


The courses will be at graduate, post-graduate and research levels. Duration of the graduate course will be three years and that of post-graduate course will be two years.

Certificate will be awarded to a candidate who successfully completes one year of course at graduate level.  Diploma will be awarded on the successful completion of three years complete course.

Ph.D. and research courses will be similar to any other courses.


Syllabus for all courses will be made available by U.G.C.


To conduct these courses following staff will be required.



Professor 1
Reader 1
Lecturer 2
Library  Attendant 1
Computer Operator 1


Help of Guest-Lecturers may be taken as per the requirements who will be paid honorarium as per U.G.C. rules.


Fees structure will be as under

Graduate Level Rs.3,000/-p.a.
Post Graduate Level Rs.4,000/-p.a.


Amount (Rs.)

Non-Recurring  Head

Library 4 Lacs
Observatory 6 Lacs
Computer Lab & Horoscope Bank 5 Lacs
Recurring Salary & Allowances
Professor 1
Reader 1
Lecturer 2
Library Attendant 1
Computer Operator 1


Universities may go for academic collaboration with faculties of oriental studies and Sanskrit Vidyapeeths for these courses.


U.G.C.  may evaluate any Department of Vedic Astrology on the spot or on at random basis at any time.


This scheme will commence on the  1st day of July 2001

NEW DELHI – 110 002

Dr.(Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal
Deputy Secretary
Tele.No. 91-113232055 


February 23, 2001

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Commission in its meeting held on 16th June, 2000 considered the proposal for setting up of Departments of Vedic Astrology in Indian Universities and decided that “there is an urgent need to rejuvenate the science of Vedic Astrology in India, to allow this scientific knowledge to reach to the so0ciety at large and to provide opportunities to get this important science even exported to the world, the Commission decided to approve ‘in principle’ setting up of few departments of Vedic Astrology in Indian universities.  This would provide a exclusive teaching and training in the subject leading to certificate diploma, under-graduate, post-graduate and Ph.D. degrees”.

Accordingly Commission constituted a Committee to examine the details of the proposed scheme.  The guidelines drafted by the Committee were placed before the Commission in its meeting held on 25th January 2001.  The Commission approved the guidelines and decided that courses should be renamed as “JYOTIR VIGYAN’.

The Universities who are interested and are in a position to start the course from the academic session 2001-2002 are requested to submit their proposal as per the enclosed guidelines latest by 15th March 2001(Now Extended up to 05.05.2001).  The syllabus for the courses shall be sent to the selected Universities. 

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

                                                 (PANKAJ MITTAL)

Encl.  As above
The Vice-Chancellor of all Universities receiving  financial assistance  


List of Institutions in India where Astrology is Being Taught as Part of Sanskrit or Other Branch 

  1. Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Udaipur, (One year diploma course in Bharatiya Jyotish).

  2. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Vedic Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur (One year B.A./M.A. /Ph.D. in Astrology).

  3. Vikram University, Ujjain (Paper in Astrology and M.A. in Sanskrit).

  4. Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut (Taught in Sanskrit Department)

  5. M.S.University, Baroda (Research work in Astrology).

  6. Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (Courses in Jyotish Shastra known as Vedanga Jyotish).

  7. North-Gujarat University, Patan, Gujarat ( 2 years graded course in Vedic Astrology by conducting week and classes).

  8. P.S. Telugu University, Hyderabad (has a strong Department of Vedic Astrology running M.A. in Astrology through correspondence)

  9. Awadesh Pratap University, Rewa, M.P. (B.A. (Sanskrit), Jyotish, M.A. (Acharya) Jyotish).

  10. Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar (Vedic)

  11. Kameshwara Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Darbhanga (B.A, (Sanskrit) Jyotish, Falit Jyotish)

  12. Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati (B.A.(Jyotish), M.A. (Phalita Jyotish), M.A. (Shidhanta Jyotisha).

  13. Sampuranand  Sanskrit Vishwavidhalya, Varanasi

  14. Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishvavidyalaya, Puri

  15. Shri  Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi (B.A. Shastri)(Sidant Jyotish, B.A. (Falit Jyotish), M.A. Shastri Sidant Jyotish, M.A. Acharya Falit Jyotish

  16. Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Distt. Ernakulam (M.A.Jyotisha)

List of Foreign Institutions where Astrology is Beong Taught 

  1. Kepler College of Astrological Arts and Sciences – Kepler College is the only college of astrology in the western hemisphere authorised to issue BA and MA degrees.  The entire curriculum is based on astrology.  Kepler’s first freshman class began in July, 2000.  The BA program is based on a 4 year course of study, and there are three terms per year.

  2. Astrological Institute, Inc, 7501 E Oak ST. Scottsdale., AZ -  In addition to it’s on site classes and seminars in Scottsdale AZ., Astrological Institute also offers a complete correspondence course designed to provide  a firm foundation in both the technical and philosophical aspects of astrology.

  3. The American Federation of Astrologers (AFA) – The AFA is one of the oldest astrology organisations in the USA offering  courses for accreditation.

  4. The Noel TyI Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology – Master’s Degree has enrolled over 250 students internationally. The course consists of nineteen in – depth lessons. Each lesson will require 40 to 50 hours to complete.

  5. Ann Sherman Correspondence 1 & 2 – Ann has 25 years of experience in Astrological study and provides a course that leaves the student with a workable knowledge and understanding of astrology.

  6. The Astrology Practitioner Course -  This course of thirty lessons gives an understanding and in depth knowledge of astrology.

  7.  Personalized Astrology Lessons (PALS) from ACS

  8. Jeffrey Wolf Green’s School for Evolutionary Astrology, Seattle Washington – Classes are given in many locations internationally, including Vancouver Canada, London, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, Holland and India.

  9. Carole Devine’s Exploring Astrology – The course consists of 94 tapes or CD’s

  10. Glenn Perry’s Astro Psychology Mentorship Program – correspondence course that features 42 tapes, three books personalized instruction.

  11. Astrology Training by Emilie Kelso – Level  1 covers the basics for the beginning student.  Level 2, Beyond the Basics, contains comprehensive information equivalent to eight.

  12. Astrology, The Cosmic Pattern -  Correspondence course since 1977 which takes the student for beginning through advanced levels of astrology.

  13. The Carl Payne Tobey Correspondence Course

  14. NW Institute of Vedic Sciences – Offers a 16 tape course on Vedic Astrology.

  15. Astrology of the seers Correspondence Course – Offers over six hundred pages of material from beginning to advanced levels.

  16. Institute  of Vedic Astrology – Offers Hindu (Vedic) Astrology classes covering the basic and advanced material.

  17. ONLINE College of Astrology  -  A course series in FINANCIAL  Astrology, taught by Kaye Shinker and a fundamental course in Bob Zoller’s MEDIEVAL  Astrology.

  18. The Faculty of Astrological Studies -  Founded in London in 1948 this prestigious organization offers a correspondence course.

  19. The Mayo School of Astrology -  This correspondence course has been offered for 25 years using Margaret Hone’s Modern.

  20. Astrology Institute -   The Astrology Institute joins psychology with astrology and practical training in counselling techniques.

  21. American Institute of Vedic Studies – correspondence course in Vedic astrology available in the West over the fifteen years.

  22. School of Astrology in Australia -  Offers Government accredited astrology courses.

  23. English Huber School, Switzerland  -  three foundation courses, two diploma courses.

  24. Manhattan School of Astrology – comprehensive course of study in astrological science and offers a comprehensive 56 week course in Western Astrology, and a 6 week “crush” course in Vedic Astrology.

  25. University of Plymouth, UK

  26. University of London, UK

  27. University of Southampton, UK.

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