• 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-5), Jyotiṣa Guru (Jaimini Scholar Program) 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.

There are no Certification Tests. A detailed analysis of a ‘celebrity’ horoscope is done in the final year (PJC Year-5) for the Certification i.e. Jyotiṣa Paṇḍita.

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

Kaartik Gor Kaartik Gor is a professional Vedic Astrologer, originally from Somnath, Gujarat and now based in Dubai. Kaartik comes from a family of priests and Jyotiṣa was part of his life since early days though he got interested after meeting his Gurudev. His early life was spent in Gujarat and later Mumbai where he completed his Engineering and later worked with corporate giants in their Sales and later as a Project Manager in Mumbai and Dubai. More Info

Nitin Bhanap Nitin Bhanap is an IT professional turned Vedic astrologer by the grace of Guruji (Pt. Sanjay Rath). Nitin is originally from Bombay, Maharashtra and now based in Raleigh USA. Nitin comes from a family of astrologers and Jyotiṣa was part of his early life because of his father and grandfather who had a career in corporate world, however practiced Jyotisa to help and guide people. More Info

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