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Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.jpg
Motto Satyam Vada, Dharmam Chara (Speak the Truth; Act Righteously)
Type Deemed University
Established 1981
Chancellor Sathya Sai Baba
Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.B.R. Varma
Director Prof. S Siva Sankara Sai
Location Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India
14°09′43″N 77°48′46″E / 14.1619°N 77.8128°E / 14.1619; 77.8128Coordinates: 14°09′43″N 77°48′46″E / 14.1619°N 77.8128°E / 14.1619; 77.8128
Campus Prashanthi Nilayam, Anantapur, Brindavan, Muddenahalli India

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (also called Sri Sathya Sai University (Deemed to be University)) is an institute of higher education located in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. It was founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba in 31 October 1981[1][2] Sathya Sai Baba is the founding chancellor of the institute, while the current chancellor is M.N. Venkatachaliah who was a former Chief Justice of India.[3] The Institute was inaugurated on November 22, 1981 by Justice YV Chandrachud, Chief Justice of India. Air Marshall OP Mehra, Governor of Maharashtra was the Guest of Honour[4]. There are four campuses of the university, three for men at Prashanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi; Whitefield near Bangalore; and Muddenahalli, Karnataka and one for women at Anantapur.[5]

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 was the only college in India in the past to have received an "A++" rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission).[6][7] In January 2011, The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) granted Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed to be University) re-accreditation with ‘A’ Grade and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.625 (on a scale of 4.00) as per the new accreditation procedure.[8] This means that SSSIHL continues to be in the top bracket of Indian universities.[9]

The annual convocation takes place on November 22 of every year. It has been attended by eminent dignitaries such as the former President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam[10] and the former Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.[11]


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.[2] The institute has been admitted as a regular member of the Association of Indian Universities (letter no. Meet/Reg.Memb/86/97596 dt.20.4.1986).[12]

The institute has grown out of the colleges founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), Whitefield (Karnataka), Muddenahalli (Karnataka) and Prashanthi Nilayam (Andhra Pradesh).[13]

Prasanthi Nilayam Campus


  • 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[14]
  • 26 August 2006 - Inauguration of Multimedia Learning Center and Humanities Building
  • 2 February 2007 - Institute name changed to Sri Sathya Sai University[15]
  • 14 February 2009 - Foundation ceremony of Muddenahalli Campus[16]
  • 1 June 2012 - Classes commence at the fourth campus of SSSIHL at Muddenahalli
  • 17 February 2014 -Bhumi puja for Sri Satya Sai Institute for Advanced Studies was conducted in Puttaparthi.


Sathya Sai Music College

Institute features include:

  • Free education: The institute does not charge any type of fees — for tuition, laboratory, library, examinations and the like.[17]
  • An open admission policy enabling students from all over the country to seek admission to courses, irrespective of income, class, creed, religion or region.[18]
  • Merit-based selection through a testing and interviewing procedure.[18]
  • A favourable teacher-pupil ratio.[17]
  • Residential character with students and faculty staying on the campuses.[18]
  • Development of scientific research at the doctoral level; introduction of education technology through the installation of a theatre in rural surroundings.[17]
  • Blending of value-based education with secular education.
  • Integrated courses of five years duration to promote talent.[18]
  • Maximum number of working days, fuller use of national holidays and important festivals for education and extension work.[18]


Admission to the institute is primarily based on a written examination which invites only shortlisted candidates based on their academic record and eligibility. Candidates selected in the written examination are then invited for a personal interview. Qualifying both the written examination and personal interview ascertains provisional admission to the institute.[19] Admission to the MBA and the MTech CS program have an additional requirement of a group discussion and programming skills, respectively.

Academics and Scientific Research[edit]

The institute follows a 10.0 point grade point average system to evaluate the students. The students have internal evaluations (CIE). The university offers bachelors (BSc (Honors), BCom, BCA, and BA), masters (MSc, MA, MBA, MPhil, MCA and MTech), and PhD degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biosciences, Computer Sciences, Optics, Economics, Commerce, etc.[20]

For the list of departments, click here. Institute's research work has been published in reputed high-impact factor journals including Nano Letters, Chemical Communications, the Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Applied Physics Letters, Langmuir, Journal of American Chemical Society, Optics Express, Optics Letters, etc. SSSIHL conducts research in the areas of nanoscience and non-linear optics.[21]

Department Wise Research Focus Area[edit]

Department of Biosciences[edit]

  • Purification, characterization and application of blue carrier proteins.
  • In vitro propagation and secondary metabolite studies of medicinal plants.
  • Biodiversity of soil, leaf-litter and endophytic mycoflora.
  • Heat-shock-protein studies on Pila globosa.
  • Hepatocyte and WBC culture for drug detoxification.
  • Anti-oxidant studies using endophytic fungi and genetically engineered bacteria.
  • Study of causes and vulnerability patterns of endemic diseases using KIR polymorphism and GIS tools.
  • Application of in silico tools for evaluation of consensus homology among proteins.
  • Microbial Fuel Cells and applications in waste-water treatment.
  • Genotoxicity and cytotoxicity studies using metal nano particles.

Department of Chemistry[edit]

  • Environmental Science – Air, water and soil pollution with focus on defluoridation techniques to enhance the availability of safe drinking water. *Medicinal Chemistry – Isolation, purification and characterisation of biologically active components from plants possessing medicinal properties and synthesis of biologically active compounds and computer aided drug design with focus on affordable healthcare.

Department of Economics[edit]

  • Macroeconometric Policy Modelling
  • Finance Theory and International Finance
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Health and Education
  • Ethics, Economics and Society

Department of English[edit]

  • Chronological study of literature from Chaucer to the twentieth century
  • Indian writing in English
  • Commonwealth/American Literature
  • Literary Criticism
  • Structure of Modern English
  • English for the Media
  • Comparative Literature
  • European Classics in Translation
  • Women’s Studies
  • TESL
  • World Drama
  • Shakespeare to the Twentieth-Century British Literature
  • Modern British Literature.
  • Indian Writing to European and American Literature

Department of Home Sciences[edit]

  • Clinical Nutrition – Special nutrition for metabolic disorders like diabetes, arthritis, hyper tension, cardiovascular diseases and menopausal symptoms.
  • Therapeutic Nutrition – Testing the efficacy of some conventional and unconventional functional foods for recovery in disease conditions.
  • Food Science – Development of low cost value added food products utilizing commonly available resources.
  • Community Nutrition – Undertaking routine nutritional assessment of vulnerable groups in the surrounding rural areas of the campus and assessing the performance of ongoing nutrition programme in the surrounding community.
  • Experimental Nutrition – Identifying plant foods with nutraceutical potential, undertaking assessment of Therapeutic Foods Development, Bioavailability assessments, Nutritional and anti–nutritional assessments, Nutrient interaction.
  • Food safety evaluation regarding food safety methods.

Department of Physics[edit]

  • Nano-Science and Technology
  • Bio Photonics
  • Nuclear Spectroscopy
  • Application of Nuclear Techniques

Department of Mathematics & Computer Sciences[edit]


  • Non-linear Dynamics
  • Differential Equations
  • Fuzzy Set Theory
  • Fractional calculus

Computer Sciences[edit]

  • High Performance Computing
  • Image Processing
  • Signal Processing

Areas of Convergence[edit]

  • Natural Language Processing
  • Coding
  • Cryptography
  • Handwritten Character Recognition
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Machine Learning
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Soft Computing

Faculty of Management & Commerce[edit]

  • Values-based Management and Leadership
  • Spirituality at the Workplace
  • Role of Values and Ethics in Business
  • Corporate Stakeholders Management and Welfare
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Logistics and Green Supply Chain Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Services Quality
  • Performance Measurement Systems
  • Applied and Behavioural Finance

Collaborative Research[edit]

The University has also been undertaking advanced research in association with organisations such as the University Grants Commission (UGC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Department of Biotechnology (Bioinformatics), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Honeywell, Hewlett Packard Labs and many others. [22]

College Life[edit]

Morning Assembly[edit]

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 about his 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.

Sports and Cultural Activities[edit]

Students participate in 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
  • 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 their preparation students are involved in music, sets, lighting, costumes, makeup, etc.[23]

Sri Sathya Sai International Centre for Sports[edit]

A state of the art Olympic-standard multi-discipline indoor stadium was inaugurated on 22 November 2006, by the President of India, Honourable Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. With facilities for Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Squash, Table-tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics and Yoga/Aerobics, this stadium - measuring 100 metres by 60 metres on a 4.8 acre site, is amongst the largest open-frame space domes in the country. It has a spectator capacity of 4,000.

Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium[edit]

A multi-purpose outdoor stadium, the Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium was constructed for the purpose of conducting the Annual Sports and Cultural meet of all Sri Sathya Sai Educational institutions (an annual event on 11 January). The stadium overlooks an array of imposing structures and statues symbolizing different religious faiths. On occasions, the stadium hosts International sports events. It boasts a viewers gallery that can accommodate over 25,000 people.

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 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, and human formations.

Students of all the four campuses of the university get a chance to present their talents and skills.[24]

Hostel Life[edit]

Hostel stay is compulsory for all students. Hostel life revolves around "three Ds" — Discipline, Duty and Devotion.[25] The hostel life starts with morning prayers at 5am followed by jogging, games and exercise.


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.

Sathya Sai Senior Boys' Hostel, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus

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 the library building
  • Organization of dramatics
  • Photography, painting, video films and slides

Social Service Weeks[edit]

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. 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.[26]

Excerpts from Convocation Addresses by Chief Guests[edit]

  • 1st Convocation, November 22, 1982

Shri Nani Palkhivala, Eminent Advocate & Legal Luminary “This Deemed University is a memorable experiment in the moral and spiritual regeneration of India.”

  • 9th Convocation, November 22, 1990

Dr. R. Venkataraman, President of India “The man-making degree which is awarded by the Institute to its students is unique. This unquantifiable but vital value system forms the fibre of the parchments, the Graduates are receiving today. It forms the pigment of the ink with which their degrees have been printed.”

  • 10th Convocation, November 22, 1991

Shri P.V. Narasihma Rao, Prime Minister of India “This hallowed Institute is a pioneering and unique seat of learning. The atmosphere here is calm, solemn and serene and it is surcharged with spiritual ethos. It is in such an environment that our ancient Rishis transmitted knowledge to their disciples.”

  • 11th Convocation, November 22, 1992

Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India “I am deeply impressed by the infrastructure, atmosphere, equipment and human resources organized for imparting education… There is much to be learnt here by the student, the teachers, educationists and policy-makers.”

  • 14th Convocation, November 22, 1995

Dr Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister of India “Blessed indeed are the students who have had the privilege of going through an educational programme which combines deep appreciation of the method of modern science and technology and the ancient Indian knowledge and wisdom accumulated over the centuries. This type of education can be a powerful means of self perfection and social redemption.”

  • 17th Convocation, November 22, 1998

Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India “The education imparted here is of the liberative kind. It addresses both ‘Apara’ and ‘Para’ aspects of man & society. The higher learning which the pupils here receive facilitates their integral development, and enables them to become better human beings with a finer, culturally richer character.”

  • 25th Convocation, November 22, 2006

Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, President of India “In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna told Arjuna, “See the flower, how generously it distributes perfume and honey. It gives to all, gives freely its essence. When its work is done, it falls away quietly. Try to be like the flower, unassuming despite all its qualities.” This characteristic is being imbibed and followed by every student of the Institute in all areas of activities.”

Click here for more excerpts from the chief guests during various convocations of the University.


Sri Sathya Sai Alumni is an alumni organization that links with the institutions set up by Bhagawan Baba. The alumni contribute through Sathya Sai Organizations. They participate in the activities in the field of education, medicine, village upliftment (Grama Seva) and other areas. More than 10,000 alumni graduated from the portals of the 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 formation of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in 1981.[27] The alumni refer to themselves as Sai Students and have an alumni website.[28]

Alumni Profile[edit]

Illustrative List[29] [30]:

  • Academicians
  • Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses and Paramedical areas
  • Engineers and Scientists
  • Indian Administrative Services
  • Lawyers
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Businessmen
  • Artists, Musicians and Dancers
  • Agriculturists
  • Consultants
  • Pilots
  • State and Central Government Employees
  • Armed Forces and Merchant Navy
  • Film Direction and Acting
  • Home Maker


Educational Institutions - India[edit]

  • Defence Research & Development Organisation
  • Indian Institute of Astrophysics in India
  • Indian Institute of Sciences
  • Indian Institutes of Management
  • Indian Institutes of Technology
  • Raman Research Institute
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Educational Institutions - Overseas[edit]

  • Arizona State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Karolinska Institute
  • Macquarie University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • North Western University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • University of California
  • University of Edinburgh Management School
  • University of Florida
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of South Mississippi
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas

Commercial Organisations – In India[edit]

  • ABN Amro Bank
  • Accenture
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays Bank
  • Citibank
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • General Electric
  • HDFC Bank
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • HMT
  • HSBC Bank
  • ICICI Bank
  • Infosys Technologies
  • ING Vysya
  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Philips
  • Reliance
  • Siemens
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Tata Group
  • TVS Motors
  • Wipro

Commercial Organisations – Overseas[edit]

  • Canarys
  • Citigroup
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • IBM
  • Intel Corporation
  • Lucent Technologies
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola
  • Nortel
  • Perot Systems
  • Reuters
  • SAP America Inc.
  • Sun Microsystems Inc
  • Symantec
  • Walmart


University and College rankings
General – India
NIRF (Overall) (2018)[31] 101–150
NIRF (Universities) (2018)[32] 92

The university was ranked 92 among universities in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2018[32] and in the 101–150 band overall.[31]


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