Sri Sathya Sai University
|Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning|
|Motto||Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara (Always speak the Truth, Always engage only in Righteous action)|
|Chancellor||Sathya Sai Baba|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. J. Shashidhara Prasad|
|Location||Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Campus||Prashanthi Nilayam, Anantapur, Brindavan, Muddenahalli-Kanivenarayanapura India|
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (also called Sri Sathya Sai University) is a university founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956. Sathya Sai Baba is the founding chancellor of the institute, while the current Chancellor is M.N. Venkatachaliah who is former Chief Justice of India. There are four campuses, all in India: Three for men at the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Puttaparthi, Whitefield, and Muddenahalli, Karnataka and one for women in Anantapur.
The university is based on the gurukula system of ancient India wherein education is provided free from kindergarten to postgraduation. All students, from first grade to postgraduate studies, stay in the hostel. The Sri Sathya Sai University in Prashanthi Nilayam is the only college in India to have received an "A++" rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission).
The annual convocation takes place on November 22 of every year.
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning was founded on November 22, 1981, by Sri Sathya Sai Baba. An autonomous body, it has been recognized by the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and the University Grants Commission (UGC), as a Deemed University, see notification no. F9-11/81-U.3 dt.10.11.1981. The institute has been admitted as a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities, see letter no. Meet/Reg.Memb/86/97596 dt.20.4.1986.
- 22 July 1968 - Inauguration of Anantapur Campus
- 9 June 1969 - Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Arts and Science College for men at Brindavan.
- 28 November 1978 - Sathya Sai Baba laid the foundation-stone of the College of Arts, Science and Commerce at Prasanthi Nilayam
- 22 November 1981 - Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning as Deemed University
- 20 November 2000 - Inauguration of Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music
- 26 August 2006 - Inauguration of Multimedia Learning Center and Humanities Building
- 2 February 2007 - Institute name changed to Sri Sathya Sai University
- 14 February 2009 - Foundation ceremony of Muddenahalli-Kanivenarayanapura Campus
- 1 June 2012 - Classes commence at the fourth campus of SSSIHL at Muddenahalli
All aspects of the university seek to reflect the noble ideals of Sathya (truth), Dharma (righteousness/right conduct), Santhi (peace), Prema (love) and Ahimsa (non-violence).
Sathya Sai Baba (the university's founder) stated in an address to the university's students,
"This college has not been established just to prepare you for earning degrees.
The main purpose is to help you to cultivate self-knowledge and self confidence, so that each one of you can learn self-sacrifice and earn self-realisation ... through the valuable lessons of detachment, loving service, fraternity, humility, sincerity, fortitude and fearlessness.Our hope is that by your lives, you will be shining examples of spiritual awareness and its beneficial consequences to the individual and society."
Institute distinctive features are:
- Free education: The institute does not charge any type of fees — for tuition, laboratory, library, examinations and the like.
- An open admission policy enabling students from all over the country to seek admission to courses, irrespective of income, class, creed, religion or region, making it truly national in character.
- Merit-based selection through a testing and interviewing procedure giving weight to intellectual attainments and intuitive insight.
- A very favourable teacher-pupil ratio for closer rapport between students and faculty.
- Residential character with students and faculty staying on the campuses.
- Development of scientific research at the doctoral level relevant to the local and national needs; introduction of education technology through the installation of a modern space theatre in rural surroundings.
- Blending of value-based education with secular education.
- Integrated courses of five years duration to promote talent.
- Maximum number of working days, fuller use of national holidays and important festivals for education and extension work.
Selection to the courses is based on performance in an entrance test specific to the course, which is followed by an interview. For MBA courses, a group discussion is also held. Students interested in pursuing M Tech (Computer Science) programme are required to attend a practical and oral test, in addition to the written test.
The link provides an overview of each department, its teaching staff, facilities, research focus and news and events. Links to departments.
Academics and Scientific Research
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning is very active in academics and scientific research. The institute follows a 10.0 point grade point average system to evaluate the students. The students are also subjected to continuous internal evaluation (CIE) allowing them ample scope to improve their performance through the academic year. The university offers bachelors (B. Sc (Honors), B. Com, and B. A), masters (M. Sc, M. A, M. B. A, M. Phil and M. Tech), and PhD degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Biosciences, Computer Sciences, Optics, Economics, Commerce etc.
The research at Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning is of international standards. Particularly, SSSIHL is actively researching in all the basic sciences. Indeed, their research work has been extensively published in such high impact factor journals as Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Applied Physics Letters, Langmuir, Journal of American Chemical Society, Optics Express, Optics Letters etc. For further details, visit http://sssihl.edu.in/sssuniversity/Research.aspx.
SSSIHL holds international reputation for its cutting edge interdisciplinary research in the areas of nanoscience and non-linear optics.
Sports & Cultural Activities
Sports and cultural activities are considered as a part of the integral education provided in the university. Students are encouraged to participate in sports and cultural activities regularly. Throughout the academic year, at each campus of SSSIHL, students participate in a host of sports and cultural activities. Examples of these include:
- Music, dance, drama, quiz, panel discussion and elocution.
- Competitions in Veda chanting, stotra recitations and teachings of the Bhagavad Gita, to promote among students a deep understanding and appreciation of India’s rich and ancient culture and spiritual heritage
- Painting, sketching/drawing, card-making, bookmark-making, preparation of useful articles out of waste
- Musicians are given opportunities to sing devotional songs
- During Dramas and the preparation leading to dramas, a number of students are involved in music, sets, lighting, costumes, makeup, etc., all of which hone their participative and leadership skills in organizing such functions.
The sports and cultural activities at the University culminate at the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet, held on the 11 January every year, marked by a grand display of cultural and athletic items. These include national and international sports items like equestrian events, two and four wheeler stunts, para sailing and gliding, bungee jumping, carabining, martial arts, lion and dragon dances, eastern and western dances, musical medleys, gymnastics, human formations and many others.
During these events, the best in the students emerges in myriad forms, not so much for their personal glory, as for a deep sense of satisfaction. Students of all the Campuses of the University get a chance to present their talents and skills before the Revered Founder Chancellor. .
The university provides lessons in the philosophy of yogasanas and physical fitness exercises.
Self-reliance in the hostel includes catering of food in the dining hall, gardening, organizing health care in the dispensary, guest reception, maintenance of library and reading room.
Weekly activities relating to self-reliance and co-curricular programmes are undertaken on campus. Activities include:
- Maintenance of Hill View Stadium, lawns, quadrangle, gardens, auditorium, prayer hall (foyer), plants and fences
- Electric installation and plumbing
- Development of horticulture around library building
- Organization of dramatics
- Photography, painting, video films and slides of educational, cultural and inspiring topics
Social Service Weeks
During social service weeks, students repair roads and buildings, clean and whitewash, organize medical camps, and plant trees.
The students participate on special occasions and serve the poor by distributing clothes and food to them; maintenance of general traffic, orderly movement of crowds, catering, seating, etc. are the other activities which are assigned on such occasions.
Morning Assembly Address
Students address the morning assembly sessions for about 15 minutes on themes relating to unity of faiths, great leaders of the world, eminent scientists, sages, saints patriots, thinkers, philosophers and their own experiences in the university.
On Thursdays, a speaker talks on his personal experiences. They include scholars from educational institutions, educationists, judges, engineers, doctors, business managers, administrators, diplomats, scientists, and social workers from within India and all over the world.
Students are continuously assessed on these items. The Final Grade statement of the student, takes into account the grades awarded under the category of Integral Items, along with Academic Items.
Hostel stay is compulsory for all students. Hostel life revolves around "three Ds" — Discipline, Duty and Devotion.
Sri Sathya Sai Alumni is a unique fraterntity which forms strong links not just within and between themselves, but also with the Institutions set up by Bhagawan Baba. These alumni, while being professionally engaged, contribute to the society in their individual capcity and through Sathy Sai Organizations. They participate in the activities in the field of Integral Education, Medicine, Village Upliftment (Grama Seva) and other areas. More than 10000 Alumni graduated from the portals of these colleges since the inception of the Sri Sathya Sai College for Women in 1968 and the Sri Sathya Sai College for Men at Brindavan in 1971 and the subsequent formation of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in 1981. 
Alumni refer to themselves as Sai Students and have a unique Alumni website at a link given in the external links 
- "City colleges cheer NAAC rating", The Hindu, June 8, 2006.
- DOC file: Draft Report of the Peer Team on Institutional Accreditation of Sri Sathya Sai University (Deemed University) Vidyagiri, Prashanthi Nilayam – 515 134 (A.P) Visit dates: December 2–4, 2002 .