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The Sai Krishna Award for Research and Teaching

The Sai Krishna Award for Research and Teaching has been instituted to honour the top researchers and teachers of SSSIHL each year. The awards alternate between top researchers and top teachers every year. The ceremony is part of the evening programme of the Annual Convocation of SSSIHL.
Relevance
Bhagawan Baba was quite critical of the type of research that was being carried out in the country at large, which He observed was purely academic, superficial and carried out merely for obtaining a Ph.D. degree. He stressed that the faculty and research scholars of this Institute must undertake research centred on the problems of the local community and the society at large, and come up with viable solutions. Keeping in line with His Vision, research at the Institute has always been taken up with a focus on its social relevance.
In similar vein, He stressed that the teaching (and hence learning) must be holistic and develop the student's broadmindedness and install values in him/her. Education is for life and not merely for a living, Baba said.
Quality of Teaching & Research at SSSIHL
Over the past three decades, the research and teaching faculty at the university has come a long way. Doctoral Research Scholars at the university constitute 8% of the student population, which is several times larger than the national average of 0.7% (UGC Report 2011). Between 2011 and 2014, the university has seen an increase in the number of research scholars increase by 53% from 51 to 78. The teaching faculty at SSSIHL is highly qualified. Over 61% of all teachers have Ph.D.'s, with a further 28 teachers currently pursuing their doctoral research. The student teacher ratio at SSSIHL is 8.5:1. With less than 9 pupils per class on average, it is amongst the best in India.This means that teachers give more individual attention to students and have more time to work one-on-one with them.
Criteria & Methodology
The Sai Krishna Award consists of a certificate, a memento and a cash award of ₹25,000. For research, the winners in the three categories are selected based on evaluation of the research work of the applicants by eminent external experts. The experts use multiple, rigorous criteria to evaluate the research work carried out by the applicants. They focus on the quality of the work and not merely the number of papers published or conferences attended. They also consider the number of citations for the papers of the researchers.
For teaching, the experts assess the teaching, mentoring and participation in the co-curricular activities that contribute to the Sri Sathya Sai system of Integral Education. Criteria includes the number of subjects taught, the number of years of teaching experience, the integration of values in teaching methodology and student feedback on teaching quality and effectiveness.
The Research awards are awarded to the best candidate from each of the following three areas: Research in Sciences, Research in Management, Commerce, Economics and Education and Research in Language and Philosophy. The Teaching awards recognise the best teacher from each of the four campuses of the university, Prasanthi Nilayam, Anantapur, Brindavan and Muddenahalli.
The honourable Chancellor of the University, Justice M N Venkatachaliah felicitated the four teachers for the award this year, one from each camps of the university. These included:
  • Anantapur Campus: Ms. Meera Manikkavachakan, Asst. Professor (Hon.), Dept. of Food & Nutritional Sciences
  • Prasanthi Nilayam Campus: Sri Siddhartha R, Faculty Member, Dept. of English Language & Literature
  • Brindavan Campus: Sri Darshan Gera, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Muddenahalli Campus: Dr. B Chandrasekhar, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Management & Commerce
Ms. Meera Manikkavachakan, Anantapur Campus Sri Siddhartha R, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus
Sri Darshan Gera, Brindavan Campus Dr. B Chandrasekhar, Muddenahalli Campus
Service rendered to society is the sure road to prosperity. This is the lesson which this Institute will teach, with the brotherhood of man, as its inspiration. When this Institute succeeds in this effort, it will be an example for other centres too and they too will strive towards the ideal. It will encourage transformations in moral, material, ethical, spiritual and political spheres too.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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