Sai Krishna award for excellence in teaching in the Sri Sathya Sai Values-based Integral Education for the academic year 2019-20 is awarded to Dr. G Raghavender Raju, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sai Krishna award for excellence in Research for the academic year 2019-20 is awarded to Dr.(Miss) N Srividya, Associate Professor, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences
Sai Krishna award for Young Achiever for excellence in the Sri Sathya Sai Values-based Integral education and Research for the academic year 2019-20 is awarded to Dr.(Miss) Deepa Seetharaman, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Transforming Self to Transform the World
Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (SSSSO), India in association with Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) kicked off the Sri Sathya Sai National Leadership Programme (SSSNLP) on 13 March 2020 at SSSIHL.
The 26 weeks long programme, for 200 participants from 25 states of India (both Sai youth and others), is a certified leadership programme which aims to bring a specific set of leadership skills. Some of these include Communications, Goal Setting, Change Management, National Building, Managing Relationships, Stress Management, Presentation Skills and Corporate Culture. Participants will be tutored online every Saturday for the duration of the programme.
On 13 March, at the launch of the programme at SSSIHL, Sri Gopi Krishna P, Convener and Master of Ceremonies, SSSNLP introduced a panel of introductory speakers. These included Sri K Chakravarthi, IAS (Retd.), Chancellor, SSSIHL, Sri R J Rathnakar, Managing Trustee, SSSCT, Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi, Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL, Prof. B Sai Giridhar, Registrar, SSSIHL and Sri Nimish Pandya, All India President, SSSSO, India.
They focused their talks on the four component of the SSSNLP Programme: Values and Ethics, Individual Skills, Group Skills and Self-Mastery. Prof. B Sai Giridhar, in his introduction, stressed on Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s example of leadership to humanity which encompasses everything the participants will come to learn from various experts during the course of the programme.
Sri K Chakravarthi express his happiness on such a programme and said he would meet the youth in smaller groups and share his experiences with them.
Sri R J Rathnakar stressed on the importance of Group Skills. He gave an example of how during the Rama avatar, Sri Rama didn’t just give a directive, but instead chose to consults the group of seniors before allowing the pure-hearted Vibhīṣaṇa, the brother of Ravana (the King of Lanka) to take refuge at His lotus feet.
Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi said that leadership from the perspective of Sri Sathya Sai includes the immeasurable devotional component, as it is priceless. If one leads with the undercurrents of devotion and Human values, anything is achievable.
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A new Health Care Centre at the Anantapur Campus, SSSIHL which will cater to sick students of the Campus, is now operational. It consists of regular beds, hospital-type beds, a doctor’s examination room and a dispensary with basic medicines
Created in the loving memory of the Late Ms. Anima Mukherjee madam (the second Principal of the erstwhile Sri Sathya Sai Arts and Science College for women, Anantapur) from the funds donated by her family, the Centre was inaugurated on 21 January, 2020, by Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi, Vice-Chancellor, SSSIHL, and Dr. Dipankar Banerjee, nephew of Late Ms. Anima Mukherjee.
The event was attended by Prof. B Sai Giridhar, Registrar, SSSIHL and Sri Sanjay Sahni, Controller of Examinations, SSSIHL. Dr. Narasimhan, Superintendent, Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, and Director, Sri Sathya Sai Mobile Hospital, Dr. Swetha, Visiting Doctor, Amaravathi Multispecialty Hospital, and Dr. Harshitha, an alumnus who is practicing in Anantapur, were also present on the occasion.
Official Event Press Releases
The official media releases for the events can be downloaded here:
11-15 January 2020
The Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions held the main event of the Annual Sports & Cultural Meet on 11 January 2020 at Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium, Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh, India.
The event is a culmination of various sports, cultural and fine arts competitions held at all campuses of the University and other Sai educational institutions throughout the academic year. The Sri Sathya Sai educational institutions include all the four campuses of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Sri Sathya Sai Primary and Higher Secondary School, Smt. Eswaramma High School and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS) College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.
It showcases an array of physical and cultural presentations by over 3000 students of the institutions spread across two sessions, morning and evening. Preparations, which began a month in advance, involved hundreds of practice hours by all students and teachers at each institution.
Process over outcome
The Annual Sports & Cultural Meet brings to the fore several qualities of human excellence in students. With only a few weeks to perfect their presentations, and with academics and other daily pursuits, students have to make every minute of preparation count. Very quickly, students need to have clarity of their outcomes, work in teams with unity (often with colleagues they have never worked with before), surmount the mental and physical obstacles that may seem impossible, and so on.
All this is accomplished on a shoestring budget that leaves the teams to make their final props and other event items with available and existing resources at the hostel. It not only helps them be thrifty, but forces them to think out of the box and bring in an element of creativity that challenges their current model of the world and pushes their comfort zones.
This process is one of several ways through which the conscious experiment of man-making and character building at Sai educational institutions truly succeeds. It prepares SSSIHL students to navigate the toughest of situations without sacrificing their values. At the same time, it helps build strong inner qualities such as a sense of unity and teamwork, determination, discipline and hard work.
The cherry on the cake, however, is the immense love students have for Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, their Divine Master. For Sai students, the entire gamut of the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet boils down to this singular focus. Bhagawan Baba—with His Divine vision—reciprocates this and makes sure that these pure feelings of Love are translated into the pursuit of excellence in every facet of the students’ evolution.
As He often said, The End of Culture is Perfection
Sports Meet Presentations
11 Jan 2020
Anantapur, Prasanthi Nilayam, Brindavan and Muddenahalli Campuses presentations:
Aerials, Human Pyramids, Graceful Rythmic Drill, Luminous Display, Bike Stunts: Ascenders, Hip-hop Dancers, Roller Skating: 24 Inliners, Drums: Big Bang, Kalari Commandos, Sumos, Hipsters, Impavidos Reborn, Shotokan Warriors, Saibots, Acrophiles, Dynamic Jugglers, Acroyoga, Hidden Hands and Cowboys.
Cultural Meet Presentations
12-15 Jan 2020
- Drama presentation by students of the Brindavan Campus: Sant Ramdev
- Drama presentation by students of the Muddenahalli Campus: Mine to Thine
- Drama presentation by students of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus: Sarvam Krishnamayam
Prize Distribution Ceremony
15 Jan 2020
The Prize Distribution Ceremony celebrated the excellent performances in sports and cultural events during the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet and during the academic year 2019/20 by students of each Sai educational institution.
Followed by a series of talks by a teacher and students from each SSSIHL campus highlighting the significance of the event, prizes and cups were awarded to the students of all Sai educational institutions that excelled in individual and team events for sports, cultural and fine arts performances at their respective establishments. The ceremony ended with a Divine Benediction by Bhagawan Baba.
Athletic Champions 2019/20
- Tokalapalli Adireddy Gari Vandana (Postgraduate, Anantapur Campus)
- Kesavani Netheti (Undergraduate, Anantapur Campus)
- Thota Sujendra (Postgraduate, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus)
- Sridhar Sola (Undergraduate, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus)
- Saurabh Suman (Brindavan Campus)
- Samir Kumar Majhi (Muddenahalli Campus)
Cultural Champions 2019/20
- Pokuri Sai Punitha (Postgraduate, Anantapur Campus)
- Ketki Tripathi (Undergraduate, Anantapur Campus)
- Charan Sai Ramireddi (Postgraduate, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus)
- Vedant Monger (Undergraduate, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus)
- S Sai Shriram (Brindavan Campus)
- Bhatt Janak Ashwin (Muddenahalli Campus)
Fine Arts Champions 2019/20
- Sumani Rai (Postgraduate, Anantapur Campus)
- Pragati Gupta (Undergraduate, Anantapur Campus)
22 November 2019
I hereby solemnly declare and promise that, I will in my daily life and conversation, and in thought, word and deed, conduct myself as befits a member of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. I will to the utmost of my capacity and opportunity, support the cause of sound learning, humanity, morality and spirituality. As far as lies in me, I shall uphold and advance the social and indeed all round welfare of my countrymen and fellowmen.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) (Deemed to be University) held its 38th Annual Convocation at Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh in the Divine Presence on 22 November 2019 at 3:20 p.m.
The grand ceremony saw the Honourable Chancellor, Sri K Chakravarthi, IAS (Retd.), admit 470 candidates to their degrees. This included 277 undergraduate, 97 postgraduate, 86 professional and 10 Ph.D. awardees.
SSSIHL was honoured to have Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Government of India, Chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Director General, Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), as the chief guest for the event.
The ceremonial procession was led by the University brass band, two students carrying the University Standards on either side of the Registrar (who carried the Ceremonial Mace). Other members of the procession included the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Deans and the Heads of Departments along with the Chief Guest, members of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and the Board of Management.
Following the invocatory veda chanting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K B R Varma prayed to the Revered Founder Chancellor to declare the convocation open. The Convocation was then declared open in the Divine voice of Bhagawan Baba.
The programme included speeches by the Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Guest and the Revered Founder Chancellor (video broadcast of a previous Convocation Address).
Ph.D. Awardees 2019/20
Sri Hari N – Physics
Design and fabrication of low-cost Optical Coherence Tomography instruments with novel features towards aiding in medical diagnostics
Sri Sadhu Sai Pavan Prashanth – Physics
Investigations into the Structural, Dielectric, Piezoelectric, Ferroelectric and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Ba0.85Ca0.15Zr0.1Ti0.9O3 in Different Configurations
Sri Muralikrishna Molli – Physics
Nonlinear Optical Absorption Characteristics of Metal Selenides
Sri Gannavarapu Krishna Prasad – Chemistry
Synthesis of Bio-nanocomposites for Applications in Electrochemical Energy Storage, Sensing and Catalysis
Sri Chelli Sai Manohar – Chemistry
Synthetic and in silico strategies for designing drugs, probing sensing mechanisms and optimizing novel HA-BCZT piezo-materials for bone regeneration
Sri Aiyer Kartik Satyanarayan – Biosciences
Assessing Microbial Electron Transfer Activity and Biofilm Formation for Wastewater Treatment in Microbial Fuel Cells
Sri Girish T N – Biosciences
Thermal and Humidity Stress Adaptations of Select Drosophila Species Endemic to Indian Tropics
Sri Rajabushan Jagadish Nayak – Economics
Fiscal Consolidation and Sustainable Public Debt: A Case Study of India
Miss Nelli Vani Sri – English Literature
Text and Subtext: A Study of Select Plays of Ivan Turgenev and Anton Chekhov
Sri Siddhartha R – English Literature
From the Colonial to the Carnival: A Study of the Trajectory of Indian Cricket from the Post-Colonial and the Bakhtinian Perspectives.
All-Round Gold Medallists 2019/20
- Maddireddy Meghana (Anantapur Campus – Master of Business Administration)
- R Sai Naveen (Prasanthi Nilayam Campus – Master of Business Administration)
- Ramavarapu Sathya Sai Aditya (Brindavan Campus – Bachelor of Commerce (Honours))
- Chikkam Sai Phani Kumar (Muddenahalli Campus – Bachelor of Business Administration)
Gold Medallists 2019/20
- Manasali Sai Kumar (Master of Business Administration)
- Varshaneya V (Master of Technology in Computer Science)
- Shyam Sundar B (Master of Technology in Optoelectronics and Communications)
- Pradyumna M (Master of Science in Mathematics)
- K Karthik Subramaniam (Master of Science in Biosciences)
- Hariharan M (Master of Science in Chemistry)
- J Kaushik (Master of Science in Physics)
- Sai Shravan N (Master of Arts in Economics)
- T R Sai Natarajan (Integrated Master of Computer Applications)
- Sasanpuri Maniram Santosh (Bachelor of Business Administration)
- Boddu Raghu Veera Saikumar (Bachelor of Commerce (Honours))
- Majeti VSSS Durgesh (Bachelor of Computer Applications)
- Debashis Parida (Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics)
- Jashobanta Behera (Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biosciences)
- Palla Juneswari (Bachelor of Education)
- Kavugoli Shraddha Mohan (Master of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences)
- Gayathri V R (Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences)
- Soumya Yellai (Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics)
- Haritha Ramann (Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry)
- Mathumitha R (Bachelor of Arts)
Annual Convocation Drama
Each year on the day of the Annual convocation, students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning put together a drama presentation in the Divine Presence. This year, the drama, titled Hum Chalein teri Roshani se, explored the grey areas of major decision points all of us face in life. The ones that ask us to choose between what is right and what is wrong.
The drama explored this juxtaposition perfectly through the context of a consulting firm where one person’s principles helped pave the way for right choices of many a fellow journeyman. This person, Roshan Damodar Salve, an investment banker at FinVest Ltd., time and again chose gratitude over gratification by refusing to give in to the expectations of the crowd and pave his own reality, vested in his inner truth.
It highlighted the fact that If our heart knows how to act in a situation and we must choose the right path, we will garner the courage, the right mindset and channelize the inner wisdom that will lead us on the path of dharma or right action.
Perhaps it’s time we truly honour the age-old adage: the only way to lead is by example. If we do that, we never know what pertinent message Roshan’s life might hold for us!
2-8 October 2019
Dasara or Navaratri is a ten-day festival, usually falling in the month of October, and is celebrated all over India in the worship of the Divine as the Mother principle. Since the early sixties, the festival of Dasara in Prasanthi Nilayam has been closely associated with the Veda Purusha Saptaha Jnana Yagna. This yagnam is a week-long worship conducted in the Divine Presence in the Poornachandra Auditorium in Prasanthi Nilayam each year for the welfare of the whole world. The yagnam commences on the fourth day of Dasara and concludes with the Poornahuti – the final oblation that is offered on Vijayadasami, the tenth day.
In addition to other rituals, the most important component of the yagnam is the Rudra yagam where the oblations are made in the Yagna Kunda to Lord Shiva while chanting hymns from the Sri Rudram. The students of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning take active part by chanting the vedas, reading the scriptures and performing other parts of the worship along with the learned pundits.
The evening programmes during the seven days of the yagnam are held in Sai Kulwant Hall, under the auspices of the ‘Prasanthi Vidwan Mahasabha’, where many speakers—primarily students and functionaries of Bhagawan’s educational institutions—address the gathering on topics concerning spirituality and philosophy, Bhagawan’s teachings and experiences of devotees.
‘Swacch Bharat’ occupies a central theme alongside development goals of the Government of India. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has identified SSSIHL’s potential and requested to implement a ‘Swachh Action Plan’ (SAP) (since 2018) in nearby ‘adopted’ villages. You can see these in action on our posts on Grama Seva here, here and here.
The purpose is to use higher education skills to help meet a clean living environment and assist villagers in getting clean water and sanitation, health care, energy, education etc in a sustainable manner. Educated youth are also urged to develop skills, build capacity and mind set to address community problems in their surroundings.
In addition, the University has always adopted best practices towards the Greenery of the campuses, cleanliness, recycling and waste management. Some of these are highlighted in the photo collage below.
Liquid Biomedical Waste Decontamination Disposal
SSSIHL Solar Panels
Liquid Biomedical Waste Decontamination Disposal
Man can make genuine progress only when the idea that education is for earning a living is given up. Only one who realises this truth is a truly educated person. Knowledge does not mean mere booklore. It is not the transference of the contents of books to the brain.
Education is intended for the transformation of the heart. Man today is proud about the little knowledge he has acquired about the physical world and boasts that he knows all about the universe. True knowledge is that which establishes harmony and synthesis between science on the one hand and spirituality and ethics on the other. Man, therefore, should at the outset determine the true value of education.
This will be a Gurukula – a place where teachers and taught will grow together in love and wisdom – and like the ancient system of education, it will develop in its students a broad outlook and promote virtues and morals, which serve to foster noble ideals in society.
This Institute will be a temple of learning where youth are shaped into self-reliant, contented and enterprising heroes of action and self-sacrifice, for the purpose of serving humanity.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Revered Founder Chancellor, SSSIHL
13-15 June 2019
The Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality serves as an induction programme to all students and teachers of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning with an objective to expose students of the University to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Bharat. It orients students into Bhagawan Baba’s educational philosophy and gives them deep, first hand insights into how they can directly benefit from this unique institution.
During the academic year 2019/20, the event was held at each of the four campuses of SSSIHL – Prasanthi Nilayam, Anantapur, Brindavan and Muddenahalli – from 13 to 15 June 2019.
All students and teachers of the University participated, along with several invited guest speakers. On display was a smorgasbord of creative and engaging topics, discussions, talks, singing, chanting and quizzes – each purposefully curated to imbibe in students the key teachings on Indian culture and spirituality from the ancient scriptures and Sai literature.
Some of these included:
Quiz on Great Epics of Indian Culture, Swami’s Guidelines for good living, Bhagawan on the significance of the Summer Course, Divine Directions and their practical implementation in our daily life, Lessons from the Bhagavatam, Panel Discussion on Indian Culture and Spirituality, Sri Rama and Sai Rama, Importance of Vedic Literature in Indian culture, Impact of Bhagawan and the Sri Sathya Sai System of Education, Spirituality in Daily Life, Sarva Karma Bhagavath Prityartham – Lessons from our scriptures, Self-Image and Positive Psychology, Head in the forest, hands in the society – Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, Help Ever Hurt Never, Role of Discipline, Duty & Devotion in the development of Personality of a student, Workshop on devotional singing, Sadhana and Seva, Food Habits and Health, The profound Truths in Hindu Mythology, The science behind ancient Bharatiya traditions and practices, The inner connect with Bhagawan