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Press Release by Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust

November 22, 2017

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XXXVI Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning

​Deemed to be University​

457 Graduands and 12 Ph.D.s awarded their degrees at SSSIHL’s 36th Annual Convocation

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed to be University) held its 36th Annual Convocation at Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam in the Divine Presence at 10:00 a.m.
The chief guest of SSSIHL’s 36
th Annual Convocation was Prof. Anthony R West, Professor of Electroceramics and Solid State Chemistry Dept. of Material Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, U.K. Prof. West has dedicated has professional life to field of solid state chemistry with special interest in the synthesis of new oxide materials, their crystal structures and electrical properties. He a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Over the years he has received several awards, including an Industrial Award in Solid State Chemistry from the RSC (1996), the Griffiths Medal and Prize from the IOM3 (2008), the Epsilon de Oro Award from the Spanish Society of Glass and Ceramics (2007) and the Chemical Record Lectureship from the Chemical Societies of Japan (2009). He has been awarded the 2013 John B. Goodenough Award in Materials Chemistry by the RSC, a lifetime award which recognises exceptional and sustained contributions to the field of materials chemistry. He has more than 480 research publications with an h-index of 61. He has supervised more than 60 students for their doctoral degrees.
The event began at 10:00a.m.  when the SSSIHL convocation ceremonial procession, led by the university brass band, two students carrying the University Standards on either side of the Registrar (who carried the Ceremonial Mace) entered Sai Kulwant hall in Prasanthi Nilayam. Other members of the procession included the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor, Deans and the Heads of Departments along with the Chief Guest, members of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and the Board of Management.
Following the invocatory 
veda chanting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K B R Varma prayed to the Revered Founder Chancellor to declare the convocation open. The Convocation was then declared open in the Divine voice of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
In his speech to the students, the Vice-Chancellor highlighted the achievements of the University in the past academic year. This included the growth of the university in the past thirty-six years and how Bhagawan Baba Himself shaped the current, unique model of values-based education. Some of the highlights included the brilliant student teacher ratio of 8:1 (one of the best in India), the recent of growth of interdisciplinary research (including substantial funding of Rs. 70 million rupees received for research from various government agencies like DRDO, ISRO, DAE, DST, DBT, BRNS and UGC) and several statistical highlights of the academic 2016/17, including each of the Faculties – Sciences, Management & Commerce and Economics & Humanities. He also mentioned the SSSIHL Central Research Instruments Facility (CRIF), a high-quality research facility that houses major equipment and infrastructural resources required for the University faculty, doctoral research scholars and postgraduate students to gain high quality training for pursuing directed research in frontier areas.
Following this, 457 candidates for the various programmes of study were admitted to their various degrees (undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes as well as 18 Gold Medallists, one M.Phil. and 12 Ph.D. awardees) by the Honourable Chancellor, Justice M N Venkatachaliah, former Chief Justice of India.
The convocation oath was then administered by the Vice-Chancellor, after which the Gold Medallists of the university were honoured. These fine women and men students excelled in the Faculties of Sciences, Management & Commerce and Economics & Humanities during the academic year 2016/17.
Prof. Anthony R West then delivered his convocation address to the students. He recalled his humble beginnings in a hard world as a baby boomer back in the 1950’s and 1960’s and how that shaped his career of almost 50 years. He based his message on three major pieces of advice to the students: Find your niche in life and you never need to work, Make the most of the resources and facilities available; and Be inventive and Have the courage of your convictions (be a leader, not a follower). In the end, he advised the graduands to be positive, believe in themselves, not to be afraid of the unknown, and seek out new challenges and opportunities. He encouraged them to dream big, reminding them that it is remarkable how the big developments that we see around us in technology, transport, communications, healthcare and so on, all had very small beginnings. He illustrated this by the old English saying, ‘from little acorns, tall oak trees grow!’

Finally, the graduands were blessed with the divine convocation benediction by the Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He stresses on understanding the value of education, which is beyond the upkeep of our physical body and materialistic needs. What man needs most is character, he said. Knowing the true nature of one’s self is important. Turning inward will help man find self-control. Man has travelled to the moon but he isn’t able to travel within even for half an inch. Education is not meant to satisfy your senses. Instead, we must be able to demonstrate our character. This is most essential for modern students. Learn to be ideal in society by being righteous and compassionate. Be empathetic towards your parents and help others. Brush aside anger, ego and other bad qualities. The only way to attain immortality is sacrifice. Love is your greatest property!


The event came to a close at 12:15 p.m. following the national anthem and Managala Aaarti.





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 1350 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.


For further information, visit: sssihl.edu.in



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