Hindu University of America
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The organization was established on October 24, 1993. According to its website, it was established "as an institution institute of higher education under the authorization granted by the State of Florida Commission for Independent Education".
HUA was operating from temporary offices in Orlando and Tarpon Springs. In 2000, it acquired a 9.7 acre land with two buildings in Orlando. This address became the permanent address of this organization. Edith and Robert Grimm, described as "freindly neighbours" by the organization's website, donated 2.5 acres of land.
It lists American College of Vedic Astrology and California College of Ayurveda as "collaborating institutions in the special areas of Hindu studies".
In 2009, Mahesh Mehta, president of the HUA, claimed that his organization had more than 8000 students learning in its campus and online courses. According to him, more than 90% of the students were non-Indians. He said his organization was offering Masters and PhD courses in Hindu philosophy, Sanskrit, yoga, meditation, ayurveda, medicinal chemistry and jyotish (astrology).
It offers masters degrees on the following topics:
- Yoga Education
- Yoga Philosophy & Meditation
- Hindu Philosophies
- Vedic Astrology
- Sri Aurobindo Studies
- Master of Divinity (Hindu Priest Training)
In its website, HUA says it "has been awarded full accreditation by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance (NPSAA)." But NPSAA is an accreditation mill, a bogus organization created for the sole purpose of pretending to be a recognized accreditor.
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