Official Event Press Release
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Official Event Press Release
22 November 2021
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 40th Annual Convocation in the Poornachandra Auditorium, Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh in the Divine Presence on 22 November 2021 at 9:10 a.m.
The grand ceremony saw the Honourable Chancellor, Sri K Chakravarthi, IAS (Retd.), admit candidates to their degrees.
SSSIHL was honoured to have the Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Mr. Justice N. V. Ramana, as the chief guest for the event.
The event began at 9:10 a.m. when the Chief Guest along with the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Members of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning Trust, the Board of Management, Academic Council, Deans, HoDs and other distinguished delegates, entered the Poornachandra Auditorium in Prasanthi Nilayam with the Registrar of the University carrying the ceremonial mace.
Following the invocatory Veda chanting from Taittriya Upanishad, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi prayed to the Revered Founder Chancellor to declare the convocation open. The Convocation was then declared open in the Divine voice of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai 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 2021/22
S R Pranav Sai – Actuarial Science
Enhancing the Operational Efficiency of the Non-Life Insurance Business in India by Integrating Actuarial and Data Science Techniques
Rohan Yashraj Gupta – Actuarial Science
Data Driven Fraud Prevention and Detection in Health and Motor Insurance Business using Actuarial and Data Science Techniques
Isha Sai – Biosciences
Investigations on Biochemical and Biological Aspects of Two Wild Edible Mushrooms of Anantapur (A.P.)
Skanda S – Biosciences
Bioactive Potential and Bioremediation Capacity of Soil Derived Fungal Isolates from Puttaparthi, A.P., India
Kottapalli K Jayant – Biosciences
Studies on the biological potential of endophytic micro-fungi associated with medicinal plants – Ficus religiosa (L.) & Phyllanthus emblica (L.)
Balaram Khamari – Biosciences
Understanding Nitrofurantoin Resistance in Enterobacteriaceae: A Systematic Analysis of the Interplay Between Resistance Acquisition and Fitness
Prasanth Ghanta – Biosciences
Investigation into the anti-inflammatory potential of the alkaloids of Adhatoda vasica Nees.
Pachi Pulusu Chanakya – Biosciences
Genomic analysis of clinically isolated antibiotic resistant variants of Pseudomonas aeruginosa and heteroresistant Morganella morganii
Manmath Lama – Biosciences
Genomic Insights into the Evolutionary Dynamics of Clinically Relevant, Emerging Novel Bacterial Pathogens
Thota Sai Manohar – Biosciences
Metabolic Re-wiring Modulates Mutant Huntingtin Aggregation in Huntington’s Disease
Sujith Kumar P – Biosciences
Integrated analysis of clinical data, metabolomics and cell culture model system to elucidate mechanisms, potential biomakers and therapeutic targets in Glaucoma
Mukul Anand – Biosciences
Investigations on Biological and Biotechnological Potential of Tecoma stans (L.) Juss. ex Kunth
Bebeto Rai – Chemistry
Monitoring and Management of Myocardial Infarction Patients in Resource-Limited Settings: An Integrated Approach for Bottom of the Pyramid
Aayush Rai – Chemistry
Nano-Assemblies and Nanohybrids: Frugal Synthesis Techniques and Advanced Plasmonic Applications
Seemesh Bhaskar – Chemistry
Disruptive Engineering of Smart Nano-architectures and Photonic Crystal Frameworks for Augmented Fluorescence-based Biosensing Applications
Darshan Gera – Computer Science
Deep Facial Expression Recognition in the Wild
Sayel Basel – Economics
A Study on Some Aspects and Issues of Development in Multidimensional Perspective
Supriya C P – Education
Pedagogical Approaches to Peace Education at Secondary School Level
Prashant Luthra – English Literature
Reading R. K. Narayan in the Post-Truth Era
Manjula Devi Ghoora – Food Technology
Nutritional quality, metabolomic profile, health potential, sensory characteristics, and postharvest technology of culinary microgreens: A futuristic food crop
Padmalalitha T V – Management
Organisational Learning for Greening Supply Chain Practices: An Empirical Study
Bhabani Shankar Padhy – Management
A Study of Social Entrepreneurs in India: Issues and Challenges
Kaluri Suseela Padma Sowndarya – Mathematics
Domination and Separation Problems on Chessboard Graphs
Abishek H – Physics
Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Neurotransmitters
Putrevu Saijagannadha Bharadwaj – Physics
Investigations into the structure-property correlation in trivalent (Sm3+, Gd3+, Nd3+) and tetravalent (Ti4+) doped and co-doped YFeO3 perovskites
Ranjan Rai – Physics
Investigations into the Nonlinear Optical, Magnetic and Visible Light Induced Photocatalytic Properties of KBiFe2O5
Gold Medalists 2021/22
- Eshitha Sankar Budida (Bachelor of Arts)
- Sankar Krishna (Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Mathematics)
- Sai Prasad Mahapatra (Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Physics)
- Guggilam Sri Chandana Krishna Lekha (Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Chemistry)
- Mani Kanta Koppolu (Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Biosciences)
- Malla Vandana (Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences)
- Rao Aditya Nagesh (Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.))
- Deepam Rai (Bachelor of Computer Applications)
- Bhoini Pavan Kishore (Bachelor of Business Administration)
- Saiganesh Ramesh (Master of Arts in Economics)
- Ajit Kumar Sahu (Master of Science in Mathematics)
- Pendem Sai Vikranth Goud (Master of Science in Physics)
- Gedela Sravani (Master of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences)
- Majeti VSSS Durgesh (Master of Science in Data Science and Computing)
- Sulochana Paudyal (Bachelor of Education)
- Boddu Raghu Veera Saikumar (Master of Business Administration)
- Padala Vishnu Vardhan Reddy (Master of Technology in Computer Science)
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 Wind Beneath My Wings, explored the story of a day in the life of a tiny bird that is all set to take its first leap of faith for a graceful flight unto a wonderful realization.
The SSSIHL STAR Lab Research team, led by Asst. Professor Dr. Sai Sathish Ramamurthy, has published a new paper in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that explores the use of a novel metal-free, graphene oxide-based photonic crystal framework (GraSP engineering) for Biosensing application. It enhances the performance of plasmonic materials and overcomes Ohmic losses in metals.
Identifying the Issue
- Sensors are of wide-spread use in industrial processes, public health control, homeland security, safety and monitoring
- Plasmonic materials made of metal nano-architectures are world-wide used for sensor technology development. However, their performance is plagued by inevitable intrinsic Ohmic losses, that impede the performance any sensing platform.
- As a result, there is constant hunt for alternative material technology development for global market sensor industries
Objective of the Research
- Identifying the root cause which leads to Ohmic losses
- Finding a cost-effective non-metal-based solution to minimize/stop the Ohmic losses and improve the performance of plasmonic materials, which in turn translates into greater efficiencies for the industries offering solutions based on sensing technologies
- Explore the possibility of the solution aiding in improving the overall sensitivity and specificity by 3-4 times as compared to existing metal-dependent sensor techniques
Who should read this?
Anyone in the industry, working directly or indirectly on sensor development or sensing related technologies including, security, surveillance, monitoring, environmental safety monitoring, medical technologies, and disease diagnostics.
GraSP Engineering – A Eureka moment for the future of Sensing technologies
- The nanophotonic performance of the multistack was analyzed and successfully demonstrated to realize ‘graphene oxide plasmon-coupled soliton emission’ (abbreviated as GraSE) with steering/beaming emission characteristic as well as ‘graphene oxide plasmon-coupled emission’ (abbreviated as GraPE) with directional property
- Since both beaming GraSE and directional GraPE could be captured in a single platform, the combination led to the birth of GraSP emission platform
- An everyday example of soliton is a self-sustaining water bubble that maintains its shape as it moves, all the way from the bottom of the tank to the surface, in completely still water. Similar solitons transporting emitted photons in GraSP platform are successfully demonstrated in this research work for augmented sensor performance.
- GraSP can now simplify the existing surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology with enhanced performance
Key Features and Benefits
- Use of non-metal platform to avoid Ohmic loss
- GraSP improves the overall sensitivity and specificity by 3-4 times as compared to existing metal-dependent sensor techniques
- The extreme light entrapment and augmentation via hotspots from surface states and nanoscopic volumes aided in lowering the detection limit of the HuIFN-γ antigen to 1.95 pg mL−1, for superior performance in resource limited settings
- GraSP platform is useful in disease diagnostics in early stages of disease conditions and also help in the advancement of Point-of-Care (POC) devices
- A simple, user-friendly, cost-effective methodology is adopted to realize GraSP engineering with soliton-aided metal analogues and directional emission patterns on a conventional existing sensor technology based on plasmonic platform
- The subject platform is expected to find immediate deployment for real-time point-of-care medical diagnostics. It is strongly believed that this study presents a stepping stone to a plethora of exciting plasmonic architectures and disruptive diagnostics in near future.
- An industry or market seeking such devices with augmented sensitivity could take forward the proposed methodology for utility in early disease diagnostics, environmental safety and industrial applications
- GrasP is especially beneficial for low- and middle-income countries
Seemesh Bhaskar, Naga Sai Visweswar Kambhampati, K. M. Ganesh, Mahesh Sharma P, Venkatesh Srinivasan, and Sai Sathish Ramamurthy. STAR Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh 515134, India.
Paper Published In: ACS Applied Matter Interfaces.
Read Paper Here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.1c01024
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India, to Collaborate with Sweden’s Uppsala University for ‘Bio-Materials Research’
Puttaparthi, 9 April 2021: Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed-to-be University), Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, today entered into a research collaboration agreement with Uppsala University, Sweden, in the area of ‘Bio-Materials Research.’
The agreement was signed by Prof. B. Sai Giridhar, the Registrar, on behalf of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) and Prof. Åsa Kassman, Chairperson, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Uppsala University. H.E. Shri Tanmaya Lal, the Indian Ambassador to Sweden, presided over the event, along with Prof. (Dr.) C. B Sanjeevi, the Vice-Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi.
The collaboration will see both Uppsala University and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning leverage each other’s skills and research capabilities in the areas of bio-materials, leading to the development of dental and bone implants with the objective of harnessing its translational potential. This research will be led by Dr. (Ms.) Deepa Seetharaman, Principal Investigator (PI) for the SSSIHL, India, and Dr. Håkan Engqvist, (PI) for Uppsala University, Sweden.
This research collaboration is an important and prestigious landmark for the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Hence, we dedicate this partnership to Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Revered Founder Chancellor, SSSIHL, on whose guiding principles the institute was conceived as a Modern Gurukula.
About Uppsala University
Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is Sweden’s oldest university – well known for famous alumni scientists and inventors of the likes of Carl Linnaeus, Anders Celsius, to name a few and over 15 Nobel Laureates. Ranked 111 (THE Ranks) in the list of the world’s best universities in 2021, Uppsala University is a comprehensive research-intensive university with a strong international standing, with an ultimate objective to conduct education and research of the highest quality and relevance while making a long-term difference in society. The University has over 50,000 students, more than 7,000 employees, and a turnover of around SEK 7 billion, offering 39 different masters programmes, covering over 60 different specializations, and driving “Quality, Knowledge, and Creativity for a better world.”
About Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) (Deemed-to-be-University), Prasanthi Nilayam, is one of the few institutions in the world offering values-based quality education free of charge to the students at the university level. Ethics and morals form the undercurrent of every subject taught at the university, providing a holistic framework of inter-personal development for its students combined with academic excellence. This year, we celebrate the commencement of the University’s 40th year of excellence.
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) also provides a strong research environment, with exceptional academic practices, that has resulted in the growth of national and international collaborations. The Central Research Instruments Facility (CRIF), based at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of the SSSIHL, is one of the few facilities in the country that houses advanced Characterisation/ Analytical Tools to carry out Translational Research in various areas of Science and Technology.
For more Information, contact:
Prof. B. Sai Giridhar, Registrar, SSSIHL, email: [email protected]; Tel: +91 8555287239
Dr. Håkan Engqvist, PI, Uppsala University, email: [email protected]
“Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)” has been an initiative by Department of Science and Technology (DST) that aims to disseminate Indian research stories among the masses in an easy to understand and interesting format to a common man.
In order to bridge the yawning communication gap that exists at the science-society interface, Ph.D. Scholars and Post-Doctoral Fellows (PDFs) in Science and Technology (S&T) streams are encouraged to write popular science articles and to participate in a national competition. DST had received overwhelming responses from various research labs in the country, capturing and revealing the message of science in an easy-to-understand but at the same time interesting format, to connect with the masses.
In this background, Sri Seemesh Bhaskar, DST-Inspire Research Fellow, STAR Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning has been selected to the award, winning a prize of ₹10,000/- along with a Certificate of Appreciation. A panel consisting of eminent science communicators and scientists, constituted by DST, has evaluated the entries. It is a proud moment that, in more than 5000+ participants, Sri Seemesh Bhaskar has secured a position within the top 100 for his popular science story entitled “Unity in Diversity- a Moonshot to Disruptive Innovations”, transliterated on the recently published* article: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 30, 34323–34336. The award ceremony was streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, and India Science websites on National Science Day, February 28th, 2021.
For more on the Award: https://www.awsar-dst.in/results-2020
*Read the Paper: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.0c07515
The Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences (DFNS), SSSIHL, won the first and second prizes for Basic Research Category at the 5th International Diabetes Summit (Virtual) – 2021, organised by the Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Pune, from 12th to 14th March 2021. This event hosted the best-in-class experts in the field of diabetes from leading national and global diabetes institutions and had over 5000 participants.
The first prize was awarded to Prof. B. Andallu, an honorary faculty at DFNS, for her presentation on “Antihyperglycemic, antioxidant and cataract retardation effects of mulberry (Morus indica L.) leaves in STZ-diabetic rats“. Her research paper brought out the therapeutic benefits of mulberry in the amelioration of diabetic complications. The award included a certificate and prize money of Rupees One Lakh.
The second prize was awarded to Ms. Ashrita C. Haldipur, doctoral research scholar from DFNS, working under the supervision of Dr. N. Srividya, Head and Associate Professor, DFNS. Her research paper entitled “Glucose regulatory Indian red rice genotypes for diabetes management: Metabolomic, in vitro and in vivo validation”, addressed the dietary challenge faced by the rice-eating population world over suffering from diabetes using advanced and modern research methods.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) congratulates Prof. B. Andallu and Ms. Ashrita C. Haldipur for their achievement and making the University proud with their wonderful work.
Ms. Sai Kiran M, a doctoral research scholar with Department of Chemistry, SSSIHL, Anantapur won the first prize for her talk entitled “Self- assembled PVA -Based for Effective Defluoridation of Ground Water”* at the Science Technology Innovation Talks (STIN 2021) event, streamed on a virtual platform on 25-26 February 2021.
Organized by the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy & New Materials (ARCI), Hyderabad to commemorate the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) on National Science Day, Young Research Fellows from across India were invited to present their research work in the form of a 3-minute presentation in the area of Material Science and Engineering at STIN 2021.
A total of 68 shortlisted participants from premier Institutes like IIScs, IITs, CSIR labs, and Central universities presented their work on 25 February, 2021 to a panel of eminent professors and senior scientists, who chose the winners based on the novelty, scientific and technical content and their relevance to societal needs.
Ms. Sai Kiran was awarded the first prize for her presentation which included prize money of 10,000 INR and a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Organizing committee Dr. P.K Jain and the Director ARCI,
Dr. G. Padmanabham.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) congratulates Ms. Sai Kiran for the above-mentioned recognition and for making the University proud.
* Reference: Mani, Sai Kiran, Rajni Bhandari, and Anita Nehra. “Self-assembled cylindrical Zr (IV), Fe (III) and Cu (II) impregnated polyvinyl alcohol-based hydrogel beads for real-time application in fluoride removal.” Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 610 (2021): 125751. DOI:10.1016/j.colsurfa.2020.127571
Also view a news report published in 02, March 2021 Hyderabad edition of The Hindu: https://bit.ly/3soGPlj
Every year, 14 November is marked as World Diabetes Day to coincide with the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922.
The Dept. of Food & Nutritional Sciences, SSSIHL conducted a one-day webinar on 14 November 2020 led by Dr. V Mohan, Chairman and Chief of Diabetology, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, Chennai. Dr. Mohan is also Member, Board of Trustees, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam. He is ranked among the 2% Scientists in the world and #1 Scientist in India in the field of Endocrinology and Metabolism by the Stanford University Global Ranking.
The topic of the webinar was: Are carbohydrates the main reason for the diabetes epidemic in India?
The session began with the welcome address by Dr. N Srividya, Head, Dept. of Food & Nutritional Sciences, SSSIHL, followed by an introduction by Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi, Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL.
Dr. Mohan, in his talk, elaborated about the correlation between carbohydrates and diabetes with scientific evidence. The highlights of his talk include: a revealing historical account of the increase in prevalence of diabetes in India, a holistic approach of restricting carbohydrate intake, adding sufficient protein and good fats to prevent diabetes, suitable alternatives to white rice, importance of physical activity etc.
Following the talk, a very interesting and informative question and answer session shed light on various queries of the audience.
In line with the National Nutrition Month Celebrations 2020, the Dept. of Food & Nutritional Sciences, SSSIHL conducted an International e-conference on Nutritional and Health Interventions for Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Scenarios on 26-27 Sep 2020. The event included a Pre-conference webinar on 25 Sep 2020, Nutri-health Gardens–Sustainable Models for Food and Nutritional Security.
The event saw leading experts from various fields of health and nutrition bring together a plethora of scientific data and guidance on the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other expert advice.
Videos of each session are included below.
Inaugural Session: Intermittent Fasting – Is it for Diabetics?
Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi, Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL
The importance of intermittent fasting, ways of practicing it and precautions to be taken during altered metabolic conditions. His talk was interspersed with the latest and relevant scientific evidence and Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s message on fasting.
Session 1A: Challenges of COVID-19: Building Resilience in Youth
Dr. Parvathi U. Iyer, Director, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi
Major highlights on the ways to reduce the pandemic risk, its impact on the life of youth and empowering the youth with resilience.
Session 1B: Impact of Vitamin D status on COVID
Dr. Sunil Menon, Functional Medicine Expert, UK
Awareness of the inter-relationship between Vitamin D status of individuals and incidence of COVID-19 infection through scientific evidence and case studies. The talk discussed the health issues and infections linked with Vitamin D deficiency, its role in immune modulation and the optimization of Vitamin D levels during COVID-19 scenario.
Session 2A: Systems Approach of Ayurveda for Immune Protection
Dr. Savitri B Vasudev, Scientific Officer, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, Dept. of Cardiology, Whitefield, and Ayurveda Practitioner, Pune
Cordial action needed for the maintenance of good health and also addresses the actions to be taken to reduce the virulence of the disease and to stop recurrence. Madam also brings forth the various ayurvedic strategies to complement innate immunity and the necessary ways to strengthen the acquired immunity.
PSession 2B: Battling Food Insecurity in the Pandemic and Role of Safety Net Programs
Manjula Malladi M.S., Assistant WIC/Chief Nutritionist, WIC Program, Dept. of Health, New JerseyThe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and the possible effects on physical and mental health due to the lack of healthy and hygienic food. The various food programs and services provided to different sectors of the population in the United States. The adaptations made to the programs during pandemic to ensure food security of the population
Session 2C: Nutrition and Immune Function: Its relevance to COVID
Dr. B Sesikeran, former Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad
The impact of nutrition and lifestyle on innate and adaptive immunity. The role of nutrition from traditional Indian diets in enhancing immunity. The effect of ageing, obesity, gut microbiome on immunity, new predictors of inflammation, beneficial effects of intermittent fasting, role of micro and macro-nutrients in mitigating inflammation. Addressing discerning false claims, long-term consequences of COVID and emphasized on the need for urgent action.
Session 3A: Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle: A Holistic Intervention for Pandemic and Beyond
Dr. D Jayashree, Ayurvedic Physician and CEO, Shree Ayurvedic Multispecialty Hospital Pvt. Ltd., ChennaiThe perfect blend of Ayurvedic diet and regimen and its impact on one’s health, general preventive guidelines based on Ayurveda and the measures to promote immunity. Simple tips to prevent COVID-19 like nasyam, dhoop fumigation, yoga and dhanvantri mantra. Ways to keep up health by balancing the doshas, sequence of eating, fasting as a health maintenance tool and regimens during fever.
Session 3B: COVID-19: Doctor’s Experience on Treatment and Recommendations for Wellness
Dr. Meera Muruganandan, MD, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Boston University, BMC, Boston, USA
Various COVID-19 pandemic treatments and the necessary recommendations for managing stress and wellness. Timeline of COVID cases incidence, clinical presentation, risk factors, challenges faced in treatment as well as social challenges.
Session 3C: Feeding Options for the Elderly in COVID Scenario: The Sky’s the Limit
Ms. Aparna Marthi, Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lutheran Care Centre, Concord Village, New York, USA
Evidence showing the importance of the oral nutrition supplements, enteral nutrition, and its impact on gut health and an overview on parenteral nutrition.
The S G Sundaraswamy Memorial Lecture is an annual endowment lecture at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) instituted in honour of late Sri S G Sundaraswamy—a doyen of the legal profession in Bengaluru and an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Baba—by his son, Sri S S Naganand, Trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Public Charitable Trust), Sri Sathya Sai Sadhana Trust and Sri Sathya Sai Media Foundation.
The 2020 (online) lecture on 22 September, on the topic, Inspiring Innovation, was delivered by Lieutenant General (Dr.) Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM, a highly decorated serving General Officer in the Indian Army.
She is only the third woman in the Indian Armed Forces to be promoted to a Three-star rank, and currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) under the Chief of Defence Staff. The Gen. Officer has been nominated to the PM-Science and Technology Innovation Advisory Committee and Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India in October 2018 and July 2019.
The Dept. of English Language & Literature presented an online webinar series – the first of its kind at the University – Lit-Treat: Webinar Series on Life, Language & Literature on 17 and 18 August, 2020.
The series invited a number of speakers, from luminaries in the Sai Organization to experts in English Literature, to address topics related to the title of the webinar series: The Spirit(-ual) of Life in Literature: Characters of Resilience.
Videos of each session are included below.
Plenary Talk – Job: Trials & Resilience
Sri K Chakravarthi (IAS Retd.), Chancellor, SSSIHL
Dwelling on the theme of the webinar – resilience – by drawing illustrations from the characters of Job from the Book of Ezekiel, and Satya Harishchandra from the Markandeya Purana, the talk highlights that the truly faithful ones can never be tempted to curse God or their fate despite unjustifiable tribulations that they are put through.
Academic Talk: Greying Characters of Mounting Spirit
Dr. B Venkata Ramana, Asst. Professor, Dept. of English Language & Literature, SSSIHL
The talk explores the characters of William Shakespeare as the springboard to discuss the theme of the webinar. Quoting copiously from Shakespearean plays, he evidences how aging characters display a mounting spirit because of their experience and wisdom.
Conversation: Characters of Resilience in Hardy and Hugo
Dr. Vivek Chauhan and Dr. Aruna Kumar Behera, Associate Professors, Dept. of English Language & Literature, SSSIHL
Conversation on two great literary classics: The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy & Les Miserable by Victor Hugo. The protagonists of both the novels, Michael Henchard and Jean Valjean respectively, are discussed as tragic heroes exhibiting extraordinary resilience.
Plenary Talk: Finding Resilience
Dr. Samuel H Sandweiss, MD
The talk addresses the topic of inner-resilience drawing from the speaker’s rich experience as a psychiatrist and as a devotee of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He confirms love for and of God as an essential element for developing inner resilience.
Plenary Talk: Spiritual Nationalism Expounded by Indian Sages
Sri S Gurumurthy, Editor, Thuglak, Prolific writer, Chairman (Vivekananda International Foundation), Director (RBI Central Board)
Conversation: ‘Scholar Gipsy’ as a Symbol of Spiritual Growth in Arnold & Murdoch
Dr. Maitali Khanna in conversation with Dr. Dibba Bhargavi, Asst. Professors, Dept. of English Language & Literature, SSSIHL
An insightful presentation on the works of Matthew Arnold and Iris Murdoch.
Prof. (Dr.) C B Sanjeevi, Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL