The regular course of Post Graduate degree in Yoga in Odisha was the dream of Dr. Prasanta Kumar Pradhan, IAS (Retd.), founder President of Viswa Seva Sangha Trust, (Viswast) Nuapada, Deogarh District, Odisha. Accordingly, the founder president of the Trust discussed with the then Registrar, Utkal University of Culture, Sri Balakrishna Behera, IAS. Accordingly, a new syllabus of M.A. in Yoga was approved by the Utkal University of Culture for the first time. In the year 2003, a proposal was submitted to Secretary and Commissioner, Culture Department, Government of Odisha to issue No Objection Certificate to establish a M.A. in Yoga College in Bhubaneswar. The Government of Odisha in Culture Department was kind enough to issue NOC in favour of the Educational Agency, Viswa Seva Sangha Trust, Nuapada, Deogarh. Accordingly, the Viswa Seva Sangha Trust submitted its application to the Utkal University of Culture to establish its M.A. in Yoga College in the honour of H.H. Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, and named as Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy (SYVA).