Welcome to Taksha Institute!


Originally founded  in 1976 as the Institute for Atmospheric Optic and Remote Sensing (IFAORS) to be a dynamic, not-for-profit, independent minority institution of advanced research and learning, TakshaShila Institute (also referred to as "Taksha Institute," "Taksha," or "TI") continues to pursue the same activities, except for adding non-technical subject matter, such as the arts, yoga and integrative medicine, philosophy, Sanskrit language, etc. Hence, the name change in 2009 from IFAORS to Taksha. As a non-degree giving, non-diploma giving institution, TI is engaged in cutting-edge research projects and learning activities for all ages (from kindergarten to life-long learning) for personal, professional, and inner-growth enhancement. Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia (US), Taksha has its headquarters in Hampton, VA, with a West Coast/Silicon Valley office located at NASA Ames Research Park (NRP), CA.

From its inception, TI has been supported entirely from R&D and meetings management contracts with the federal government, industry, and UN organizations; the collection of registration fees for events; and donations from industry and private parties. For example, IFAORS has been awarded federal contracts by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Lab, the US Army, etc.

As Taksha has expanded over 40 years, we have organized into five subject matter divisions (referred to as Institutes, Schools, Centers, and Groups, to emphasize their not-for-profit status): science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; integrative medicine; foreign language and literature; philosophy and religious studies; and fine and performing arts. There are also two support divisions (referred to as Departments), for meetings management and publishing.

Our staff consists of carefully selected, highly qualified experts who offer a wide range of experience and talent to meet the varied needs of our focused projects and community, including professionals in academia, health-care, government, industry, international organizations, and other walks of life.

Taksha's aim is to conduct advanced cutting-edge R&D, and to serve as a conduit for information for personal enrichment and inner growth enhancement, including health and healing of body, mind, and spirit. Participation in Taksha events is no guarantee of career opportunities or future employment, or curing any health issues.

We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational institution.  Your charitable contribution to Taksha Institute is tax deductible, and any registration fees, sales, or other income go to the support of our education and research programs and projects. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Taksha to help support our unique programs, and click here or on the blue "Make a Donation" button above, on this page!

Registration is Easy! Admission is open, test-free, and regardless of education, gender, age, race, or religion. To sign up for our research and learning programs, simply look for the appropriate school heading to the left, scroll down to the subject, and follow instructions or click on the event title to get to its web page. There, you will find pertinent information for that event, including dates, venue, fees, and outline, along with a registration link or other registration instructions.

Want to Know More?
Click on a tab or event on this page for more information, or contact us at contact@taksha.org or 757-766-7990.