The Business School at Sri Sathya Sai University – Part 3


Philosophical Background of The Education System at Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Learning 

Institute Vision, Mission and Philosophy 

 

The holistic approach to education that SSSIHL imparts is based completely on the life, teachings and direct precepts of its Revered Founder Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. 

The Vision 

To assist generations of students acquire Self-knowledge (Atma Vidya) and Self-confidence (Atma Vishwas), so as to cultivate Self-sacrifice and earn Self-realisation; thereby moulding them into leaders who will benefit society. 

The Mission 

To mould well-rounded holistic individuals – professionally sound, socially responsible and spiritually aware – who embody noble values and a right attitude, through Educare (Integral Education based on Human Values) that caters to the physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the human personality. 

The Underlying Philosophy 

On the occasion of the inauguration of the Institute, the Revered Founder Chancellor highlighted its uniqueness in the existing University education system. Emphasizing the differentiating factors, he said, 
“This University will not be imparting in Botany merely the knowledge of trees in nature; it will spread the knowledge of the tree of true living. It will not be imparting the knowledge merely of Economics; the knowledge of theistic ethics too will be included. It will not be teaching mere Chemistry; it will also unravel the mystery of Raso Vai Saha - the Supreme Embodiment of nectarine sweetness - the Atma. It will teach not only the science of the material world (Padartha); it will also teach the science of the non-material world (Paraartha). It will not differentiate the material from the nonmaterial or treat the non-material as irrelevant to the material. We have decided that this shall be the uniqueness of this University. This will not be like all other universities, which adopt a few faculties and burden their alumni with degrees, which they can present as begging bowls while clamouring for jobs. This University will confer on its alumni the courage and confidence, the knowledge and skill to shape their careers by their own efforts, relying on their strength. So we have proposed that spiritual education be integrated harmoniously with ethical, physical, and metaphysical teachings in this University.” 
Sri Sathya Sai - Revered Founder Chancellor
This eventually went on to become the core philosophy of the University. Elaborating the purpose and philosophy of the University, the Revered Founder Chancellor says, 
“This Institute has not been established just to prepare you for earning degrees…Teaching you the University curricula, preparing you for the university examinations, and awarding you university degrees – these are only means employed for the end, namely – spiritual uplift, Self-discovery and social service through love and detachment. Our objective is to provide the youth with an education, which while cultivating their intelligence, will also purify their impulses and emotions, and equip them with the physical and mental disciplines needed for drawing upon the springs of calmness and joy that lie within their own hearts. Our hope is that by their lives, they will be shining examples of spiritual awareness and its beneficial consequences to the individual and society.” 


Distinctive Features of the Institute

Integral Education 
  • Lessons learnt through the inspiration and message of the Revered Founder Chancellor – Sri Sathya Sai Baba 
  • Integrating values with secular knowledge through curriculum and classroom teaching 
  • Integral education with equal emphasis on curricular and co-curricular activities
  • Inculcating the spirit of self-reliance and service to society 
  • Fuller utilisation of national holidays and important festivals for educational purposes and extension work
  • Synthesis of science and spirituality for societal benefit
Admissions 
  • Free education for all students 
  • Merit based open admission policy for all irrespective of income, religion or region
Residential Character 
  • Compulsory residential character enabling translation of lessons learnt into practical skills through experiential learning
  • Spiritual ambience in an environment of discipline
  • Teaching faculty and research scholars residing in the hostel
  • Cultivation of the spirit of self-reliance, brotherhood and sacrifice through mentoring and personal example
Academics 
  • Curriculum rooted in Indian culture and Universal brotherhood
  • Awareness programmes and Moral Classes reinforcing Human Values
  • Integrated five year programmes combining Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies for a systematic and graduated learning process
  • Professional programmes in Management, Technology and Education
  • Research with social relevance
  • Favourable teacher-pupil ratio



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