XXIV CONVOCATION OF THE
The 24th Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning was
held in the sprawling precincts of Sai Kulwant Hall on the afternoon of
22nd November 2005. The Hall was filled to its seams and many who could
not gain an entry into the Hall were watching the proceedings from outside
the Hall. Sai Kulwant Hall was elaborately decorated for the occasion with
flowers of many hues. The dais was set up in an aesthetic manner for this
grand occasion. The procession comprising the Chief Guest Hon’ble Sri T.N.
Chaturvedi, Governor of Karnataka, Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai
Baba, Vice Chancellor, Sri Anil Vinayak Gokak, Distinguished Guests,
Members of the Institute Trust, Members of the Governing Body, Dean of
Faculties and Members of the Academic Council began its march from the
Poornachandra Auditorium at 2.45 p.m. to Sai Kulwant Hall. The Institute
brass band led the procession with the Registrar of the Institute bearing
the Institute Mace, while two students carrying the Emblem of the
Institute joined the procession on either side of the Registrar. After the
procession reached the dais, a group of students from the Institute
chanted the traditional invocatory chants which exhorts to follow truth
and righteousness and revere the mother, father, preceptor and guest as
God. Then the Revered Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba declared
the Convocation open. The Vice Chancellor in his introductory speech
welcomed the chief guest and the members of the Institute. The candidates
for various degrees and Post Graduate Diploma were then presented to the
Revered Chancellor by Prof. U.S. Rao, Principal of the Institute. At the
behest of the Vice Chancellor, candidates to whom Degrees have been
conferred repeated the pledge after the Vice Chancellor.
“I hereby solemnly declare and promise that, if admitted to the Degree for
which I have been duly recommended, I will, in my daily life and
conversation and in thought, word and deed, conduct myself as befits a
member of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning; that I will, to the
utmost of my capacity and opportunity, support the cause of sound
learning, humanity, morality and spirituality; and that, as far as lies in
me, I shall uphold and advance the social and, indeed, all round welfare
of my countrymen and fellowmen.”
The names of the medalists who had achieved distinction in their
respective disciplines were then read out by the Principal. The first to
receive the honour from Bhagawan was Sri Srikant Khanna, a student of
M.Tech. (Computer Science) who had shown exemplary conduct and behaviour
and excelled not only in studies but also in sports and co-curricular
activities during his years of study at the Institute was given the Sri
Sathya Sai All Round Gold Medal.
Other students who achieved distinction in their respective disciplines
Sri Sandeep - M.Tech. (Computer Science)
Sri Kiran – MBA
Sri Sathish Narayan – MBA (Finance)
Sri Sivaramakrishna – M.Sc. (Chemistry)
Sri Hemant Kumar – M.Sc. (Physics)
Sri Naresh – M.Sc. (Mathematics)
Sri Premananda – M.Sc. (Bioscience)
Sri Amrit Thapa – M.A. (Economics)
Sri Anand – B.Sc. Hons. (Mathematics)
Sri Shyam Narayan – B.Sc. Hons. (Chemistry)
Sri Abhay Gowtam – B.Sc. Hons. (Bioscience)
Sri M. Ratnakar – B.Sc. Hons. (Economics)
Sri Harshavardhan – B.Com. Hons.
Sri Ganesh – Diploma in Indian Culture and Philosophy
Kumari Sowmya Vasudevan M.A. (English Language and Literature)
Kum. Shubha Venkateswaran M.Sc. (Home Science)
Kum. Priyanka Mishra – B.Sc. Hons. (Botany)
Kum. Visakha Pathak – B.Sc. Hons. (Zoology)
Kum. Sreeja – B.Sc. Hons. (Home Science)
Kum. Vineeta Pai – B.A.
Kum. Vijay Lakshmi – B.Ed.
After the Chief Guest’s Address, Bhagawan graciously consented to deliver
His Benedictory Address. For the benefit of readers, we are giving a gist
of Bhagawan’s Discourse.
Bhagawan began His Address by saying that there is an end to education.
The end is Truth. Beyond Truth, nothing else is to be sought. Secular
education is only to eke out a living. “The end of education is
character”. We may acquire anything in life but without imbibing
character, our life has no meaning. Modern education is making man self-centred.
But true education is not limited to the self. Therefore, give up
selfishness. When you get rid of selfishness, your heart will become
sacred. Man has value only when he has character. Without character, he
cannot be called a human being. For developing good character, Sathya and
Dharma are the foundations. When the foundation of Sathya is gone, the
building of Dharma cannot exist.
Then Bhagawan explained the meaning of Manava (man). Manava is one who has
no attachment to the world. Man may acquire any number of materialistic
possessions, but he is not able to get peace of mind. You will be good
only when you have good thoughts and good behaviour. Love and compassion
are the essential qualities of a human being. A sanyasi (renunciant) is
one who has no contact with the world. Once you know that something is
bad, be away from it.
Today students go in search of bad books. This is an unhealthy trend. One
with good thoughts, good words and good actions is a student. One who acts
contrary to it cannot be called a student. Today we need good students.
That is why I have established a University. “As is the food, so is the
head”. So, always eat good food. Green leafy vegetables are good for
health. The students of our college and school are very good. Bhagawan
brought His Divine Discourse to a close by saying that students of this
University will be ideals and role models to the world.
Then the entire congregation rose for singing the Indian National Anthem.
The function came to a close with the announcement that the students of
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning will be staging a drama in the