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About Swayam

Our Story

The Roots

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.

Today

Swayam works with:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Culture

Vision

To be the world’s most accurate and definitive psychometric personality assessment system that will help people and organizations take confident recruitment and organizational growth decisions, career decisions and relationship decisions, leading to fulfilling and successful careers, relationships and lives.

Mission

To equip HR professionals and organizations, students and people entering relationships, with comprehensive psychometric personality analytics, to aid them in sound people + organizational development decisions, and career and relationship decisions.

Values

Creating a world where individual personalities are correctly and holistically understood, assessed and supported.

Authenticity

Be real (everything is proven, we are what we show, we show what we are)

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Individuality

Respect individuality; each individual is different and unique (our product is based on individuality, and uniqueness)

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Accuracy

Go with well-researched facts (there is nothing that is not researched)

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Honesty (Unbiasedness) 

Be honest in everything that you do.

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The Team

Founder & CEO

Dr. Shilpa Datar

A visionary in the field of Psychology, Dr. Shilpa Datar has transformed the fields of personality & behavioural assessments through psychometric testing that incorporates the rich values of Indian knowledge traditions. With a gamut of well received scientific papers published, some of her achievements include:

  • PhD in Psychology, University of Mysore
  • “Innovative Entrepreneur of the year 2017” from eMERG
  • “Recognition of excellence and services to society in the field of Education” from Rotary Metro Bangalore, 2017
  • “Veda Brahma Award for Excellence in Innovation” from AAPNA, USA-2012
Co-Founder, VP Business Development

Dharitri Datar

CTO

Prathap Gopinath

Psychologist

Aakriti Varshney

Aakriti has been working as a psychologist since 2008, after doing her Bachelors & Masters in Applied Psychology. She has extensive experience in the domain of Behaviour Assessments, Psychometrics, Coaching/Counselling and People Wellbeing. She loves to bring the psychological framework into real life practical solutions for people & organizations. Aakriti also designs & delivers training programs & workshops on behavioural skills for corporates & general public. She has worked with clients in India & in Europe. When she is not decoding the human mind, she is a traveller, a voracious reader, a dancer, a yoga enthusiast, a blogger and a space enthusiast.

  • Bachelors and Masters in Applied Psychology, Delhi, India
  • Organization Behaviour Management, VU University, Netherlands.
  • Certified Neuro Linguistic Practioner (NLP), United Kingdom.
  • Recognized psychologist in Luxembourg by Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche.
  • Ex-Chartered Member of British Psychological Society.
  • Certified user of psychometric tools like PAPI (Personality & Preference Inventory) and Harrison Assessment.
  • Fluent in Hindi (Native), English (Native), French (Intermediate), Luxembourgish (Basic)
Psychologist

Padma Pelluri

Padma Pelluri is a trained Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. She started her career with Central Test where she picked up nuances of psychometrics and assessments. She has over 10 years of experience in the areas of psychometrics, data analysis and assessment consulting and behavioral measurement. She has worked in the areas of Education , Recruitment, Leadership development and assessment creation with organizations like Abacus Consultants, Jombay , Hirepro and Infosys. She works independently and helps client in building robust assessment interventions, and provides deep insights from assessment data. When not working, Padma is a fitness and nutrition enthusiast, she loves to relax with a good book and likes to explore new places.

Key Expertise: Behavioral Tool Design, Psychometric Research, People Analytics , Competency Management

Social Media Manager

Arjun Narayan

Social Media Manager

Nilima Jangam

Strategic Advisory

Sandhya Vasudevan

Mentors

Ram Subramaniam

Knowledge Advisory

Psychology

Prof. C G Venkatesha Murthy

Prof. M Sreedhara Murthy

Philosophy

Prof. R L Kashyap

Padma Shri Awardee
Honorary Director, SAKSHI Trust

Prof. K T Pandurangi

Maha Mahopadhyaya

Pt. Shri Satyadhyanacharya Katti

Ayurveda

Prof. R H Singh

Padma Shri Awardee

Prof. Hari Mohan Chandola

Dr. Kishore Kumar

Assistant Professor of Ayurveda, Dept. of Integrative Medicine, NIMHANS

Prof. Ahalya Sharma

Dr. Sujata Yeola

Dr. Vrushali Deshpande

Yoga

Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Yogacharya