• Certification is optional as jyotiṣa is a vedāñga or spirituality related discipline.
  • Students who wish to become Teachers of any course or Mentors will have to be certified
  • Students who wish to practice as professional consultants are encouraged to consider certification.
  • Entitlements and Honors like Jaimini Scholar (JSP), Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita (PJC Year-3), Jyotiṣa Guru (PJC Year-5) or any similar recognition, will not be awarded to one who does not pass the certification requirements
  • Every Certification has its own process which is dependent on the Program (and Course).


Steve obtained a PhD in Genetics from The University of Birmingham in 1978 and then followed a career as a Statistics lecturer and teacher of Mathematics. After learning transcendental meditation in 1984, Steve discovered a whole new world of Vedic philosophy and subsequently embarked on a life-long study of Yoga and Vedic Science. Steve is a member of the British Association for Vedic Astrology (BAVA), a Life Member of the American Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA) and a member of The Astrological Association of Great Britain (AAGB).

Steve has been practising Vedic Astrology professionally since 2000 and is currently studying in India with world-renowned Pandit Sanjay Rath and is one of the few certified teachers of the Jaimini Scholar Program in the UK. Steve has published several articles in many different journals, runs workshops in Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda, and has been a guest speaker at many recent International BAVA Conferences in London, the 1st International Conference of the German Vedic Astrology Association, and The Ayurvedic Practitioners Association Conference in London in 2009.

Steve has completed a 5-year intense and advanced study program in India on the Upadesha Sutras of Maharishi Jaimini, in addition to studying the texts of Maharishi Parasara, and is one of the few Jaimini Scholars who are certified to teach this program.

Steve is also the UK Director for Dirah Academy International, which offers email correspondence courses in Vedic Astrology from beginner to advanced level. He is also a qualified and experienced counsellor and Professional Certified Life Coach as well as a qualified Yoga Teacher, and has practiced yoga and transcendental meditation for over 30 years. Steve offers his clients a professional astrological consultation service and many students are studying with him privately, including several on the Jaimini Scholar Program. Steve is a long-term devotee of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) and travels to see her regularly on her tours and in her ashram in India
Certification is optional as jyotiṣa is a vedāñga or spirituality related discipline. Students who wish to become teachers of this course, mentor trainees or to practice as professional consultants are encouraged to consider certification.

Certification Tests will be held after the third year (PJC Year-3) and final year (PJC Year-5) for the two Certifications i.e. Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita and Jyotiṣa Guru respectively.

The Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita certification test can be taken by students after they complete Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course Year-III (PJC Year-3). The process will begin with PJC Year-III and only those who have opted for this will be admitted into the certification process. In essence there will be two streams of students in PJC Year-3
(a) those who opt for both PJC-3 and Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita Certification, and
(b) those who only take the PJC-3 course
Just for information, The Jyotiṣa Guru final qualification examination can be taken only after students complete all five academic years of study of the course i.e. Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course Year-V (PJC Year-5). Students will be assigned a Jaimini Scholar guide for the certification process which will begin in the third year and continue till the final year. Your mentor is your guide.

The first year of the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course is not included for examination in the certification process. Testing will be done with Charts only and students have to explain events or yogas in a given chart. Training for this will also be imparted during the Certification Preparation. For questions related to study contact Course Liaison Mrs. Sarbani Rath or Course Director Pt. Sanjay Rath but do consult the FAQ before doing so.

Jyotisa Guru

Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. More Info

Lakshmi is a practising astrologer from Tirupati. As part of Jaimini India, she was one of the 3 teachers who taught Jaimini Upadesa Sutras at Bhimtal. She is a regular contributor to Jyotish Digest Magazine through her Vishnu Purana series. More Info

Pinnamaneni Bhanu Prasad became interested in Vedic Astrology when he met Smt. Lakshmi Ramesh during a visit to the holy temple city of Tirupati at the holy feet of Lord Venkateswara and Lord Shiva. This led to his study of Jyotish through the “Parāśara Jyotişa Course” with Pt. Sanjay Rath and qualification as “Jyotişa Paņḍita” from “Devaguru Brihaspati Center”. Bhanu also completed “Jaimini Scholar Program”... More Info

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