Fr. Rathan Almeida, OCD
Director and Programme 

Fr. Augustine Robert, OCD
Dean of Studies

Fr. Rakesh Parmar, OCD


General Academic Policies

o Intense desire for greater maturity and spiritual integration in the personal life.
o Apostolic zeal to dedicate oneself for witnessing and fostering Gospel values.
o Sufficient knowledge of English which is the common medium of instruction and interaction.
o Education level; at least PUC / equivalent.
o For the Diploma programme the cut off eligibility age is below 45.
o For the certificate course eligibility age is 45 years and above.

Residential Students:
The ones who reside in Dhyanavana Institute of Spirituality, during the whole academic year, forming a religious community of prayer, learning and activity.

Day Scholars:
These attend the academic programmes offered by Dhyanavana from their own residences.

Special Students / Participants of an Extension Course:
The ones who attend only a few selected courses, (with a duration of 1-3 months extended throughout the academic year), which are offered by Dhyanavana.

All the programmes in all the three institutes are residential. The Annual Diploma Course in Spiritual Theology at Dhyanavana commences generally on the 1st of July and terminates with the convocation day on the following 19th of March. Whereas the certificate course at Dhyana Sadhana and Ryshivana commence in early August. There will be a two-week recess for Christmas festivities

Applications to be obtained from the respective Director and should be submitted at the earliest, in the regular proforma. Those admitted will be duly notified and registered when the registration fee and first installment is paid. Those registered will receive a calendar, detailed syllabus, etc. on arrival. The admissions are restricted to a maximum of fifty-five for the annual Diploma course and forty-five each for the Certificate course.

Dhyanavana, Dhyana Sadhana as well as Ryshivana, are under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Council of Karnataka–Goa province of the Discalced Carmelites. A board consisting of three members each administers these two sections of the one institute. A director, an administrator and dean at Dhyanavana; a director and administrator at Dhyana Sadhana; so also a director and an administrator guide the programme at Ryshivana. There are also very many auxiliary staff at various levels. Besides, there is on the faculty a team of well-qualified and experienced visiting professors.

Affiliation and Recognition:
Dhyanavana institute is recognized by Teresianum, Rome, the Pontifical Faculty of Spirituality. The qualification obtained here is recognized at the graduate level in any catholic university world over. Recognition by the Civil University is being considered.

Diploma / Certificate:
An academic diploma or certificate will be awarded to successful candidates. The Diploma students will obtain along with the diploma, the grade obtained for the research paper, the details of subject wise marks, the results of group assignments as well as the grade for internal assessment.

Students are expected to attend all lectures and study group discussions without fail, participate in all the activities of the Institute, and furnish all academic assignments. Any period of absence should be duly informed before hand to the director or the dean. For longer leave of absence the respective Provincial should inform the director well in advance in writing.

Computer Lab and Internet Facility
When the revolution in telecommunication and mass media is ever on high beat, the religious are to be equipped at least with the basic knowledge of computers and internet maneuver. The institute has updated and installed the modern computer lab and mass media studio which is placed at the disposal of the students and research scholars. The institute offers a basic course on computer science especially for those who do the fundamentals of the same. For academic quality and excellence the institute expects all written assignments which form part of the academic curriculum to be done on computer and in prescribed format.


Address: Rev. Dr. Rathan Almeida OCD, Director DHYANAVANA, R.S. Naidu Nagar, Mysore - 570 007, Karnataka State, India
Telephone: + 91 – 821 – 2492623; Mobile Numbers: 6361666598 / 9113241882
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