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Our Story


The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) sponsored by the FRLHT Trust, was legislated by the Government of Karnataka, in 2013. The University promotes trans-disciplinary research and education. In the first decade of its existence it has focused on one domain viz., the interface of Ayurveda and Biology. It already has a substantial collection of Ayurveda medical literature and infrastructure for research in phyto-chemistry, genetics microbiology, molecular and cell biology. The university manages a 100-bed research hospital called IAIM (Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine).

While Ayurveda-biology is one core focus in TDU, in future it is open to develop new trans-disciplinary foci in range of domains like biomedicine, life sciences, mathematics, logic, social sciences, environment studies, design, architecture, performing and fine arts, engineering, management and policy studies. 

The TDU faculty is organized in the form of small specialized groups in different focal areas focused on building innovative outreach, research, and education programs. In 2023 these programs are related to community health, vocational education, conservation of medicinal flora, animal health, human health (neuro-biology, metabolism, malnutrition, microbiome, holistic nutrition, medicinal plants informatics and digitization of medical manuscripts) and clinical research


Social transformation through innovation inspired by Ayurveda, Natural and Social Sciences and Technology.

Why TDU?

We introduce the value of multi-cultural and cross cultural knowledge without undermining it

TDU aims to provide learning opportunities, not based on one’s economic background but intellectual inquisitiveness. It offers opportunities to students with an interest and passion for learning, rather than just examination based ranking systems.

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Values We Treasure





Our Founders Message

Dr. Sam Pitroda

Innovation in University education is long overdue. In the 21st Century, Universities can no longer afford to continue to work with content and forms of education, that are over a century old. TDU seeks to be innovative in several ways. We view teachers as friends and mentors. 


Shri. Darshan Shankar

The Trans Disciplinary University (TDU) was founded to promote the generation of trans – disciplinary knowledge. Today the content of school and university education in India as in most countries is largely based on modern western cultural and intellectual traditions

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Our Mission

Inspire minds of students and faculty to design, participate and execute innovative Trans-disciplinary socially impactful research, education and outreach programs in Integrative Health Sciences and other fields of knowledge.


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Affordable, accessible and scalable solutions for unmet social needs

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Original knowledge contributions arising from interface of Traditional Knowledge and Modern Science

TDU Properties & Bank Account Details

University Immovable Property

University Movable Property

TDU Bank Account Details

UGC & Govt. of Karnataka Approvals

UGC Letter - Apr 2015

ED 387 URC 2022 Date 06.03.2023

UGC Letter - Jun 2015

Gazette notification of KARNATAKA ACT No. 35 of 2013

UGC Letter - Jun 2018

Gazette notification of KARNATAKA ACT No. 13 of 2018 Amendment

UGC Letter - Sep 2020


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