Swayam finds its roots in the journey of our Founder Director, Dr. Shilpa Datar. In the late 90s, Dr Shilpa with a BA in Psychology, worked with a school for children in special needs. At that point, the school used foreign tests, not aligned to the Indian context, to conduct assessments on our students. The test questions were not at all relevant to the Indian context and left Dr Shilpa perplexed as to how something that was not appropriate for an entire population of India, was still being routinely used for assessments!
Foreign Tests – Inappropriate in the Indian Context and Culture
The students who had learning difficulties were even more perturbed as they were finding it really difficult to understand and answer them. This prompted Dr Shilpa to look for a more global solution that would be applicable to students across the world, irrespective of which demographic they were in. This led her to pursue her Masters in Psychology and later her PhD.
Pancha Mahabhutas – A Globally Applicable Elemental Theory of Understanding People
During her PhD, Dr Shilpa arrived at the answer- The 5 primordial elements or the Pancha Mahabhutas. This is the most elemental theory of understanding people, which is globally applicable and which has stood the test of time. Dr Shilpa developed tests to assess personality from the Indian Vedic/psychological perspective and obtained her Doctoral degree.
Birth of Swayam
Dr Shilpa wanted the tests to be of value to more and more people and to make a difference to their lives. She started her own proprietary firm (which is now a company) – called Swayam Analytics Pvt. Ltd. (Swayam). She developed an algorithm-based software for the analysis and has a Patent pending on the same.
Swayam works with:
- HR professionals and recruitment consultants to support them in their decision-making process while hiring and also with coaches and trainers to assess strength and development areas for structured and targeted trainings in organizations, as well as for self-development in Leaders.
- Students in High School grades and above, to support and help them identify their passion as well as areas they would inherently excel in, due to their unique personality characteristics and traits.
- Pre-marital couples or those in relationships, to help them identify their Relationship Needs to ensure better compatibility amongst partners before they take the plunge to get into a permanent relationship.