Jun 5, 2015

Maharishi Group (wikigrain.org)

The Maharishi Group also called  Maharishi group, Maharishi Group Venture, Maharishi Group of Companies and TM organization was established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s.[1] The Maharishi group was reported in 2009 to be worth $700 million[2] and to have operations in over 120 countries.[1]
The Maharishi Group calls itself "India’s leading International group with diversified interests".[3] According to one of the group's entities, it is active in "Education, Housing Finance, Solar Energy, Ayurvedic Products, Printing and Publishing, Granite, Software Development and Systems Integration, Aviation, Gems, Gold and Diamond Jewellery, IT turn key projects, Digital Animation, Clothing and many more areas."[4]Another entity says that the group "covers most aspects of modern human needs" and is based on the Maharishi's vision of "ridding the Society from sufferings ... by re-enlivening the body's intelligence through connecting it to the bountiful and perpetual reservoir of Nature's Intelligence".[5]

Health products

Anand Shrivastava is president of Maharishi Ayurveda Corporation. It was founded in 1987 and is ISO 9000 compliant. It markets over 900 products to 37 countries; exports which account for 60% of its output.[6]
Maharishi Ayurveda Products Pvt Ltd. (MAPPL), also run by Anand Srivastava, announced in a 2010 press release that it had been in business for three decades, that it operated 13 clinic in India, and that it was seeking the advice of a franchise company regarding further expansion[7] A 2011 press release, announcing franchise opportunities, says it markets over 1500 products.[8] MAPPL was sued in 2008 by a resident of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa when she discovered that she had received lead poisoning after using their products. One herbal supplement was tested and reported to contain 3% lead by weight.[9]

Solar energy

The group includes Maharishi Solar Technology (MST), an ISO 9001:2000 accredited company which produces solar water heaters for home and industrial use as well as solar pumps and lanterns for areas that don't have electricity.[10][11] MST is run by Ajay Prakash Shrivastava brother of Anand Shrivastava. Prakash Shrivastava is also the 2009–2010 president of the Solar Energy Society of India and the Vice-President of International Solar Society.[12] MST has a vertically integrated facility for producing photovoltaic panels at Kalahasti in Andhra Pradesh,[3] and is a core producer of the multicrystalline siliconwafers used to make them.[13] In 2009 it announced an agreement withAbengoa Solar Inc for the production of solar thermal collectors that useparabolic trough mirrors to produce steam. MST said that it would investRs 300 crore to acquire the technology and to build a factory in Noida to make the collectors.[11] Maharishi Renewable Energy Ltd (MREL) announced a plan to invest Rs 70 crore in a solar thermal electric generating plant in Rajasthan to be completed in 2011.[2]


Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools is an educational system with 148 branches in 118 cities. The chairman is Ajay Prakash Shrivastava.[14][15]
Picasso Digital Media, headquartered in Delhi, provides education in digital animation in conjunction with Toronto's Centennial College.[16][17][18] Picasso Animation College held its first convocation at its Hyderabadcampus in 2010, hosted by its director general, O. P. Sharma.[19]
Other educational franchises include the Cosmic Institution of Neo Entertainment, Media and Arts (C.I.N.E.M.A.) and the Cosmic Business School (CBS).[20] Many CBS graduates are hired directly into Maharishi Groups businesses or are recruited by other business partners.[21][22]Started in 2004,[22] its president is Ajay Prakash Shrivastava and the director general is O.P Sharma.[23] Cosmic Academy, affiliated withManipal University, offered the first-ever MBA in Business Process Outsourcing in 2004.[24]


Maharishi Information Technology Pvt. Ltd. (MITPL) was founded in 1999.[25] Cosmic Softech Limited is a software development company in New Delhi, one division of which is Cosmic Integrated Technology Services (CITeS).[5][26] Founded in 2000, it seeks to provide "comprehensive e-commerce solutions, web based technologies, enterprise business solutions designed around multi-tier architecture and telecommunications software development."[27]


The Maharishi Housing Development Finance Corporation (MHDFC) was established in 1993 in New Delhi. By 2000 it offered seven and 15-year loans and proposed a plan for 40-year mortgages.[28] By 2003 it had 15 branches across India, a loan portfolio of Rs104 crore, and the Maharishi University of Management of UK was listed as a promoter.[29]The sale of the controlling interest to ICICI Bank was initiated in 1999,[30][31] and the negotiations continued through 2003.[29] In 2009 it was announced that Religare Enterprises was planning to acquire a majority stake in MHDFC.[32]


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