July 8, 1971
Fifty years have gone by. It is the golden jubilee of the College Building of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Anantapur Campus. The Sri Sathya Sai Arts and Science College (for Women), Anantapur, was founded by our beloved Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on 8th July, 1971. The then President of India, Sri. V V Giri, and Smt. Saraswati Giri, inaugurated the College Buildings in the Divine presence of Bhagawan Baba.
Video of Bhagawan inaugurating Anantpur College: https://youtu.be/WKd92UBHFGE
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s aim in starting a women’s college first, in the chain of educational institutions founded by Him, was to emphasise that, if a woman is educated, the entire family benefits from her knowledge and wisdom. She plays an important role in moulding the future generations of the family into responsible citizens. While inaugurating the College Buildings, Bhagawan Baba declared that the College would soon be transformed into a Deemed University. He said, “The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning will have to undertake the task of revitalising the ancient culture of India and training the rising generation on the path of love and service to humanity.“
This is a unique institution that is a pioneer in providing “Educare” – a system of education that blends secular knowledge with spiritual knowledge. The Institute offers education free of cost. It seeks to provide an integral education that enables the full blossoming of the personality of the students.