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Background: SSSIHL Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality
The Summer Course in Indian Culture & Spirituality serves as an induction programme to all students and teachers of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning with an objective to expose students of the university to the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Bharat. It orients students into Bhagawan Baba’s educational philosophy and gives them deep, first hand insights into how they can directly benefit from this unique institution.
At universities across the world, induction programmes go beyond the academic and practical requirements of university life and include social elements that (more often than not) disperse the focus, time and energies of students.
At Sai educational institutions, integral education (which includes the focus on a connection with the Higher Self) is a close confidant to the academic curriculum. It is in line with the vision of the Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, that spiritual and empirical education must go hand in hand. In fact, He had initiated the series of Summer Courses as early as the 1970s. It was and still is an effective way to inspire young minds to follow a life of good values and character.
The event—which is taking place from the 17th June to 19th June 2016 at Prasanthi Nilayam—marked the beginning of the academic year for students and teachers of all the four campuses of the university, as well as Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prasanthi Nilayam (Class XI and Class XII) and Sri Sathya Sai Gurukulam English Medium School, Rajahmundry. Over 2500 students and 200 teachers are participating.
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) is a unique university established in 1981 to inculcate ethical and moral values in students. It is a modern Gurukula that puts equal emphasis on both secular education and spiritual growth and the development of a student’s character in an effort to fulfill the vision of education for human transformation of its Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
The university hosts over 1300 students across four campuses in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, India. It has a merit-based open admissions policy for all, irrespective of income, religion or social status.
SSSIHL provides free education to all programmes of study. This includes waiver of all fees- including tuition, examination, laboratory, library, sports and medical.
Programmes offered include undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and research.