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  Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higer Learning

 Cloistered between a valley of ancient hills and the meandering latent flow of the river Chitravathi at Prasanthi Nilayam, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning announces its quiet presence as a forerunner of integral education, character building and academic excellence.
   The chaotic turbulence of degenerated education systems does not echo in its vibrant corridors nor does the impersonality of excessive dependence on technology choke its gates. Basking ever in the spiritual aura of Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of the highest peace, the chosen seat of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Institute envisions upholding the cultural and spiritual dignity of man. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba founded the Institute on November 22nd 1981. An autonomous body, it has been recognised by the University Grants Commission as a Deemed University.

The Institute draws its inspiration from the penetrative declaration of Bhagawan Baba, who is also its Revered Chancellor:
Students are the very foundation of the nation. To make the foundation strong, the people, the government, the parents, the teachers and the students all have to coordinate their plans and their efforts. These five elements, these five vital forces have to work together towards this end. Students and teachers are the most valuable asset that can render the University an ideal one. Along with subjects related to worldly knowledge, the university will impart instruction in ethical, moral and spiritual codes and sadhana. It has as its goal the cultivation of student's mind along these lines. Virtues, purity of mind, adherence to truth, dedication to the Supreme, discipline and devotion to duty-these qualities will be fostered in the University.
Bhagawan Baba expects the students to aspire for an education that is for life and not for a living. Compulsory hostel living, value-based class-work and self-reliance-oriented extra- curricular activities have been designed to mesh, blend and achieve a coherent development of body, mind and soul of the student.
Over the years, the Institute has been steadfast in its endeavour to rise to the expectations of its Founder. The success may be judged from the fact that its discipline and high sense of dedication continues to attract both students and academicians from India and abroad.
Students of the Institute are scattered throughout the world. Wherever they are, they are known to uphold truth and righteousness, the eternal values to which they are committed as students

The Three Campuses

The Central Administrative Office of the Institute is located in Prasanthi Nilayam, A.P., while academic instruction is imparted in three constituent Colleges located in three different Campuses. To each College is attached a residential Hostel.

The Anantapur Campus is exclusively for women, and offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate and a few professional courses.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning,
Anantapur Campus,
ANANTAPUR - 515 001
Phone: (08554) 20567

The Campus at Whitefield is known as the Brindavan Campus and is located on the outskirts of Bangalore. The campus is for men and it offers Undergraduate courses.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning,
Brindavan Campus,
Kadugodi P.0
BANGALORE - 560 067
Phone: (080) 845 2329

The Prasanthi Nilayam campus forms the Headquarters, as the Institute's Administration is located here. The campus is for men and it offers Undergraduate, Postgraduate and a few professional courses. It also has special research facilities needed for the doctoral candidates in all the disciplines.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning,
Prasanthi Nilayam Campus,
Anantapur Dist.,
Phone: (08555) 87235

What Does The Institute Have To Offer?

  • The Institute follows an openadmission policy.

  • It charges no fees or caution money for any of the courses offered.

  • The Institute also provides scholarships to deserving students to meet hostel expenses.

  • The academic year begins in the first week of June and runs for ten calendar months until the last week of March.

  • The Institute follows the Semester system with two semesters in an academic year.

  • Valuation is by a combination of Continuous Internal Evaluation (CIE) and End Semester examinations. The point system of grading has been adopted together with an accompanying qualitative grading. Grade Point Average (GPA) indicates the performance during a given Semester, and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) indicates the overall performance during the entire course of study.

  • The students of this Institute hail from all over the country. They come from rural and the urban, the economically and socially backward as well as developed sections of society. Religion, caste, creed or colour is no bar to admission.

Centers Of Excellence

Over the years, the Institute has been able to setup and nurture centers of excellence. These centers of excellence are

  • A well equipped central library.

  • A state-of-the-art computer center.

  • A special Instrumentation center.

  • A modern Planetarium.

  • The Eternal Heritage Museum

Courses of Study

The Institute offers undergraduate programmes leading to

  • A Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Biosciences, Economics with honours.

  • Bachelor of Home Sciences

  • Bachelor of Commerce with honours.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Political Sciences, history, Optional English and Optional Telugu as subjects. As part of the Postgraduate programme, the Institute offers

  • Masters of Science in Physics, Chemistry, Biosciences and Mathematics.

  • Master of Home sciences.

  • Master of Arts Programme in English Literature and language. The Institute also offers the following professional courses.

  • Master of Business Administration (for men)

  • Master of Financial Management (for men)

  • Master of Technology in Computer Sciences (for men.)

  • Bachelor of Education (for women.)

The medium of instruction is English (except in the teaching of vernacular languages.)
The Institute is very selective in its choice of candidates for doctoral research. This is to honour merit. The Institute encourages faculty development programmes and research activities in thrust areas. Such research projects are funded by agencies of National repute. These projects are targeted towards social and moral relevance

Divine Chancellor

The Revered Chancellor, Bhagawan Baba Himself, becomes the sole motivator and guide. His presence, His utterances and His constant guidance in every sphere of secular and spiritual activities help the Institute to fulfil its objective of recognising through higher education that all activity is actually spiritual. The students have the unique privilege of being personally directed by him in matters relating to their academic, co-curricular, spiritual and personal affairs.This builds a strong personal bond between the Revered Chancellor and the students. The students are thus able to transform the inspiration they derive from him into good results in their own lives.

Awareness Courses

The Institute's academic programmes have other important features as well. Notable amongst these are the Awareness courses. These courses provide a spiritual basis for the students and make them more sensitive to personal growth and social development.

Value Education

Value Education adds value to the student's lives. They understand and appreciate the need to inculcate love in everyday life. The Institute becomes a practical ground for actually practising these values.

Values based teaching of subjects

The Institute is gradually moulding itself into a veritable role model for value-based teaching of subjects across the curriculum.Be it the pure sciences, the social sciences or humanities, value relevance is being injected and recognised in every teaching module of these branches of study. The efforts help the students to establish the conviction that true education is for life and not for a mere living.

Free Education

In keeping with Bhagawan Baba's principle that education must be offered free and be made available to all eligible, the Institute DOES NOT CHARGE ANY FEE WHATSOEVER, be it tuition fees, laboratory fees, library fees, sports fees, examination fees, medical fees etc. Caution deposits of various kinds (e.g., for the Library and the Laboratory) are also totally waived.

Spiritual Sustenance

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning puts a lot of importance in helping the students to develop the ability to draw sustenance from a higher self - to recognise its presence both in manifested creation and in oneself. Prayer plays a very important role in this aspect. The day starts with prayer early in the morning at the hostel. Classes begin at the Institute with the collective singing of a universal prayer invoking the deities of all faiths. Besides, meditation, silent sitting, community prayer through bhajans, yogasanas, study of religious and spiritual texts, group activities upholding the culture of the land - all of them help to recognise respectful and loving presence of God in human life.

Important Calendar Events

Two occasions that come annually are always important calendar events for the Institute. They are the Annual Convocation and the Annual Sports and Cultural Meet.

The Annual Convocation

The Annual Convocation held on 22nd November. The Annual Convocation is held a day before the Revered Chancellor's Birthday.It is a solemn function wherein the students dedicate themselves to becoming the instruments of social change, living and spreading ideals of speaking and living in truth and righteousness.

The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet

The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet is held on the 11th of January every year. This provides an opportunity for the students to try out in the sports field and cultural auditoriums, a host of skills, academic or otherwise, that they have for so long learnt in the classroom. The Revered Chancellor takes a keen interest in the Meet and students prepare themselves using all their reliance skills to make a loving offering of their activities to Him.

Hostel Residence

Stay at the Hostel is compulsory for all the students. The Hostel is more than a residential complex for students with its attached mess. It is a home away from home for the students.
Hostel: The Seat of Character Building and Self-Reliance
Incidentally, the students themselves manage all the activities involved in running the Hostel. They help in managing the hostel mess, the General Stores, the Dispensary and various other utility centres of the Hostel. Among other things, they help weaker students in their studies and look after the maintenance of the Hostel building. The Hostel is the nursery where character building actually is initiated. It is here that spiritual living is actually practiced. It is here that Self-Reliance becomes a way of life.

The Institute Alumni

The Institute Alumni are "the elder students" who inspire newer generations of students. Their gratitude to their alma mater is expressed through their dedicating their time to the service of society. The Institute Alumni do commendable social service in Adult Literacy, Medical Care, Flood and Drought Relief and disseminating Spiritual Awareness in various states of India and Abroad.
The Institute, through all its activities, strives to become a beacon of hope in the otherwise bleak educational scenario. It strives to bring in the students a balanced development of Head, Heart and Hands, so that society may find emancipation through the influence of the products of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.


Understandably, the Institute has received high praise from eminent people, as the following quotes testify.

To the Graduates, I would like to say;You have received all-round instruction through the systems which your Institute appropriately calls "Integral Education" But above all, you have received, here a sense of Human Values - Values which are common to all the religious faiths of the world, indeed common to human-kind."
-Shri R. Venkatraman - President of India (Convocation, November 1990)

"I am deeply impressed by the infrastructure, atmosphere, equipment and human resources organised for imparting education at Vidyagiri. The Campuses at Prasanthi Nilayam, Brindavan and Anantapur are invaluable assets in the crucial task of promoting Integral Education. Indeed, these constitute a blessing of far-reaching significance. There is much to be learnt here by the student, the teachers, educationists and policy-makers."
- Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India (Convocation, November 1992)

It is indeed rare to find Institutions of higher learning like the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, where students receive free education, where voluntary service prevails, and where the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom is combined with duty and devotion.
What is unique at this Institute is that it is founded by Bhagawan Baba; it is inspired by His teachings, and is guided by His concept of a wholesome education, based on the fundamental values of Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence."
- Rt. Hon. Anerood Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius (Convocation, November 1993)

"The concept of Integral education that is a Divine gift of Bhagawan Baba to this Institute, comes closest to ancient ideals. 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."
- Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Finance Minister (Convocation, November 1995)

"The students who are passing out of the Institute here are now going to live in different parts of India, may be even the world. The atmosphere outside is nowhere near as pristine and pure as you have seen and breathed here in Puttaparthi. But I am sure, if you spread just some of the fragrance, love, purity and nobility that has been showered on you by Bhagawan here at Puttaparthi, you shall be contributing towards the creation of a more noble, a more pure and a more harmonious world."
- Shri K. Krishan Kant, Vice-President of India (Convocation, November 1997)

"The students of this University are not just students, but seekers of trust. The divine guidance of Bhagawan Baba has elevated even education to the level of worship of God. The education imparted here is of the liberative kind. It addresses both apara and para aspects of man & society. The higher learning that the pupils here receive, facilitates their integral development, and enables them to become better human beings with a finer, culturally richer character."
-Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister of India (Convocation, November 1998)


Within five years of its existence, the Association of Indian Universities on the basis of the report of their High Level Expert Team, which visited the Institute in March 1986, recommended it for full membership.

The Report of the A.I.U. Team

"The Visiting Team is convinced that the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, being a unique Deemed University, can act as a model Institute and therefore have no hesitation in recommending it for full membership of the Association of Indian Universities."

Visiting Committee of the University Grants Commission

"Two other features are unique. First, the Institute, including the two campuses is fully residential, founded with the aim of imparting knowledge with human and universal values; and second, no fees are charged except for nominal payment for boarding in the hostels.
"The Committee members were impressed by the underlying philosophy at the Campus. This reflected a combination of most modern pursuits in the area of science and technology with cultural, spiritual and traditional values of various religious traditions of India. The Committee was also impressed by the fact that despite the emphasis on spiritual and cultural values, no emphasis on any specific religion were given. In this sense, the approach is spiritual, secular and universal.
"The infrastructure of the Institute in terms of buildings, laboratories, hostels and various other facilities required by the students and teachers is very impressive. Quite apart from the facilities, the management and maintenance of the infrastructure is of the highest standard found anywhere in the country. This is a reflection of the discipline and values, which are an integral part of all activities at the Campus.
"Cultural expression is given an important place in co-curricular activities. These activities are held regularly on dates predetermined in the calendar of activities at the Institute".The calendar of activities is very regular. Admissions, examinations, declaration of results are all held regularly without any interruption in the schedule.

"The Committee was also impressed by the fact that the Institute is able to meet the major part of its expenditure on running the campus on its own resources. The University Grants Commission grants are, in the total scheme of expenditure, quite marginal. It shows what can be achieved with limited resources but with leadership and vision brought to bear upon the educational enterprise."

Source: http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/pages/instts/secschl.htm

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