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Sri Sathya Sai University
The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Also called Sri Sathya Sai University, following UGC guidelines) is the university founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956. Sathya Sai Baba is also the chancellor of the institute. There are three campuses, all in India; one for men at the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Puttaparthi, another for men in Whitefield, and one for women in Anantapur.

The university is based on the gurukula system of ancient India wherein education is provided totally free from Kindergarten to Post Graduation. 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)


Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara
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, vide their 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, vide their letter no. Meet/Reg.Memb/86/97596 dt.20.4.1986.

The Institute has grown out of the colleges founded earlier by Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Anantapur (Andhra Pradesh), Whitefield (Karnataka) and Prashanthi Nilayam (Andhra Pradesh). The latter being considered as the primary objective of education.


• 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
Mission of the University

The university aims at imparting Integral Education, development of character being considered the primary objective of education. "In practical terms, the programmes offered by the University seek to combine the best of both our ancient traditions, and modern advancements. While the foundations are the eternal human values, the superstructure relates to today's Society."

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.

Sathya Sai Music College

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."

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning Muddenahalli

A new campus is being established at Muddenahalli-Kanivenarayanapura, the birthplace of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, on the outskirts of Chickballapur. The campus will be adjacent to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Muddenahalli and Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology. This is set to make the region the prime educational hub of North Bangalore.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba laid the foundation stone for the new campus at Muddenahalli in February, 2009. The university will offer undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate programmes in humanities, management, sciences including medicine, and spiritual studies. The education imparted at the Muddenahalli campus would be infused with spirituality. The graduates will attain scholarship in the scriptures of the Ramayana, the Bhagavatha and the Bhagavad Gita. A hillock at Muddenahalli, said to be the highest spot in the area, will house the administrative office of the university. Once the building is constructed it could be viewed from the Bangalore-Puttaparthi-Hyderabad highway. A large mantapam has been erected atop the hillock, according to the Sathya Sai Seva organisation

Salient features

The Institute has several distinctive features. The more important among them are:

• Free Education: The Institute does not charge any type of fees - tuition fees, laboratory fees, library fees, examination fees and the like.

• An open admission policy enabling students from all over the country to seek admission to various courses, irrespective of income, class, creed, religion or region, making it truly national in character.

• Merit based selection through a very comprehensive testing and interviewing procedure giving adequate weight to intellectual attainments and intuitive insight.

• A very favourable teacher-pupil ratio for closer rapport between students and faculty.
• Residential character of the Institute 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 educational technology through the installation of a modern space theatre in rural surroundings providing an opportunity for the students and the faculty to develop various kinds of simulation exercises and also formulate programmes of a creative and constructive character.

• Blending of value-based education with secular education.
• Integrated courses of five years duration in order to promote talent.
• Maximum number of working days, fuller utilisation of national holidays and important festivals for educational purposes and extension work.

The success of the Institute in upholding these high ideals may be judged from the fact that everything operates with clockwork precision. In particular, there is never any student unrest. Examinations are always held on schedule as announced, and the Annual Convocation of the Institute invariably takes place on November 22. Sai students are scattered throughout the globe, and wherever they are, they remain committed to the values they had imbibed while studying.

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 (GD) is also held. Students interested in pursuing M Tech (Computer Science) programme from the University are required to attend a practical and oral test, in addition to the written test.


The link below provides a comprehensive overview of each of the University's Departments, its teaching staff, facilities, Research Focus and News and Events at their respective Campuses

To view the list of Departments at the three Campuses, Click below:

• Links to Departments at the University Campuses

Integral Facets

The philosophy of education at the University is based on the appreciation for the need to provide full scope for the development of mind and heart. Discipline, duty and adherence to basic human values are recognised as the best qualities of students and are deeply appreciated. The Integral items of education are applicable to all students, irrespective of the course they are admitted to.

Integral Facets Include:

• Sports and Games

Students are encouraged to play sports and games both in the mornings and in evenings on the play fields. Students organize house teams and an annual tournament and athletic meeting is held.

• Yoga Classes

The University provides lessons in the philosophy of Yogasanas and physical fitness exercises.

• Self-reliance

The daily programme of self-reliance in the hostel includes

-Catering of food in the dining hall


-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 in the University 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 get an opportunity of repairing roads and buildings, cleaning and white washing, organizing medical camps, and tree plantation.

The students are also made to 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 to them on such occasions.

• Morning Assembly Address
In order to enthuse meaningful participation of the students, they are encouraged to address the morning assembly sessions for about 15 minutes on important themes relating to unity of faiths, great leaders of the world, eminent scientists, sages, saints patriots, thinkers, philosophers and their own personal experiences in the University.
The subjects covered in these talks are organised in such a way that they not only inspire and instruct but also enable one to reflect on the imperatives of abiding human values.

• Thursday Assemblies
On Thursdays, a distinguished speaker is requested to talk on his personal experiences. The speakers on Thursday, include not only learned scholars from various educational institutions but people of all ranks including eminent educationists, judges, engineers, doctors, highly successful business managers, administrators, diplomats, scientists, social workers, etc. not only within the country but all over the world who visit the campuses from time to time.
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.

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