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XXXI Annual Convocation Of SSSIHL…

 

 
Get the degree of Educare; Bliss of the self is Educare exhorted Bhagawan ‘delivering’ Divine Benedictory Address on the occasion of XXXI Convocation of SSSIHL this morning here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

XXXI Annual Convocation of SSSIHL was held at the Sai Kulwant Hall in Prasanthi Nilayam marked with a glittering ceremony.

 

 

Unique, imparting free education promoting human values with spiritual orientation, Sri Sathya Sai Institute has been the beacon of hope for a new world order, engendering thousands upon thousands of students for the past three decades, ever since its inception.

 

 

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning was instituted in the year 1981 to provide value based education, absolutely free of cost, and has the unique distinction of being one of the very few institutions that impart emphasis on total value based education.

 

 

Besides education, the students are taught human values, morality and spirituality with the five cardinal human values of Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa being the backbone of all teachings. The Institution has three campuses, a Women’s Campus in Anantapur set up in the year 1968, Men’s Campus at Brindavan in Whitefield, Bangalore set up in 1969 and the Men’s Campus at Prasanthi Nilayam set up in 1981. This institution has the unique distinction of being accorded Double Plus Level Higher Rating (Highest Grade) certification by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council.

 

 

The Convocation ceremony commenced at 1100 hrs. with a grand regal procession, from the Yajur Mandir, led by the Institute Brass Band. As is customary, two students carried the Scepter on one side while the Registrar of the Institute carried the Ceremonial Mace.

 

 

The dais, the Seat Of The Divine Chancellor, was arranged in front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.  Chief Guest to the Convocation, flanked by former VCs, academicians, members of the academic council and other officials were seated on the dais.

Ceremonial Veda chanting followed. Submitting himself at His Lotus Feet, Vice Chancellor, Prof. J. Sashidhara Prasad prayed to the Founder ‘Divine’ Chancellor to declare the convocation open. To the delight of a capacity audience, Divine Chancellor’s beatific voice rung in the air…”I Declare The Convocation Open…” and the assembly went into rapturous applause.

 

 

Offering Pranams to Bhagawan, the Vice Chancellor exuded confidence that the graduands of the year would become torch bearers of His vision and mission, fulfilling His ‘dream’ of a peaceful world. Mentioning about the unavailability of the current Chancellor Justice (Retd.) PN Bhagavati, owing to ill-health, the Vice Chancellor extended a cordial welcome to the entire assembly into the morning’s function, before introducing the Chief Guest at the Convocation.

Presenting the colourful profile of the Chief Guest, the Vice Chancellor also spoke about the substantial progress made by the Institute over the past one year that include induction of the new campus in Muddenahalli, new courses at various campuses, greater thrust given in the area of research and development, new initiatives in the area of value based education etc., to name a few.

 

 

The Chief Guest for the Convocation Dr. Anil Kakodkar is currently Homi Bhabha Chairperson at the Baba Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai and was formerly Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India.

Graduates for the year were presented to the Founder Chancellor followed by the Institute Oath, administered by the Vice Chancellor. The Oath reads: “I hereby solemnly declare and promise that if admitted to the degree duly recommended I will in my thought, word and deed, support the cause of sound learning, morality and spirituality, all round welfare of my countrymen and fellow men.”

 

 

Gold medals to various degrees were presented to the students by the Vice Chancellor. Twenty two students were presented with various gold medals for academic excellence, instituted in honour of distinguished personalities. Three students were conferred with doctoral degrees.

Chief Guest’s Convocation address followed:

Offering obeisance to Bhagawan, the distinguished chief guest began his Convocation Address with a special comment on Bhagawan’s University, calling it a special one with unique features.

 

 

Congratulating graduands of the year, reminding them of the significance of the day, the learned speaker divulged into various areas concerning present day education, socio-economic transformation and the need for nation building in a changing paradigm.

Education is the key ingredient in character building and socio-economic transformation said Dr. Kakodkar adding that education has the positive influence in empowering human capital to convert it into a major constructive force to propel nation development. Elucidating on a new Education Paradigm shift, Dr Kakodkar echoed on the need to create and nurture a holistic learning environment. Emphasising on high quality research in Universities he said that such developments would help to make our education more holistic and build an ecosystem nurturing the spirit of innovation.

 

 

India with a great cultural backdrop and time tested value system should take advantage of its demographic advantage of its youth. The countryshould be aware of the fast embracing knowledge driven economy worldwide and the fast changing technology;  we need to be conscious of the impact of these rapid transactions and prepare our societies to benefit out of it.

We are in a way passing through a critical phase in our country. Are we well prepared for this transformation? How are we to respond proactively to the emerging situation? …paused Dr Kakodkar ending his speech hoping that students will retain the spirit of trusteeship and contribute substantially to the institution that brought them up and to the society and to the nation at large.

 

 

This was followed by the Benedictory Address by the Founder Chancellor, the video of which was played on LED screens, echoing the ashram precincts.

Discoursing on education and who is a true student, Bhagawan said to be away from unwanted, ephemeral and fleeting, Bhagawan asked the students to protect Truth and Righteousness. Welfare of humanity is ensured when Truth is protected; entire universe rests in Truth and Righteousness.

National Anthem was sung followed by Mangala Arathi at 1230 hrs. before the University Band retreated leading the procession back to Yajur Mandir.

II Samasta Lokah Sukhino Bhavantu II

 
 

Divya Yatra – The Journey Inward…

 

‘Beyond the shores of Shanti is Prasanthi’ was the catch-phrase that echoed the holy precincts of Sai Kulwant Hall when the students from SSSIHL presented the annual Convocation Drama this evening here in Prasanthi Nilayam.

 

 

The drama entitled Divya Yatra – The Journey Inward was a presentation par-excellence portraying man’s illustrious journey to his Final Goal.

 

 

If man’s life can be compared to a train journey, he is sure to meet and mix up with many co-passengers while on travel and will also be passing through many stations before reaching his final destination.

 

 

Symbolically enacting a train journey, that commences its journey from City Station to pass through Daulat Nagar, where man gets caught up with the temptations before crossing over to Parivarthan (transformation), the presentation brings in the testing phase, Imtihan Ganj Rly Stn before the final phase begins towards Shanti Kunj.

 

 

The presentation takes a parallel from Bhagawan’s Own Life,  depicting Margadarshi, meaning mentor or guide, who guides, helps and does everything possible to his fellow travellers who are bound to Shanti Kunj, the final station where the train was bound.

 

 

Presentation reaches its climax when at the Imtihan Ganj Railway Station, travellers get forced to alight owing to unforeseen circumstances that stops the train, 108 Pragati Express, to its final phase towards Shanti Kunj. Adding to the predicament Margadarshi disappears from the scene.

 

 

No sooner some passengers get caught by the ‘Chanchal Express’ that came along, representing ‘fickle or doubting mind’, than the 108 Pragati Express also gets ready, finally taking only the deserved passengers to the final destination.

 

 

The above scene was presented as a parallel to the present plight of devotees of Bhagawan, Whose disappearance from the physical plane was a jolt to their spiritual quest. Even as they alight at Shanti Nagar optimistic and faithful passengers call Margadarshi out reposing full faith and responding to their prayer there appears the guide.

 

 

Educating them that beyond the shores of Shanti is Prasanthi, the presentation with united voice declares that the final destination for man ends at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet at Sri Sathya Sai Prasanthi Nilayam.

 

 

The presentation was entwined with beautiful flashback scenes from the lives of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Jesus, with beautiful meaningful songs.

 

 
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Programme Schedule

November 18, 2012
(Sunday)
9:00 a.m.
Morning: Rathotsavam
 
5:00 p.m.
Evening: Devotional songs by Sri Makarand Kalyani (Marathi Abhang and Sangeet)
 
 
 
November 19, 2012
(Monday)
9:00 a.m.
Ladies Day - Morning Programme
5:00 p.m.
Ladies Day- Morning Programme
 
 
 
November 20, 2012 (Tuesday)
4:45 a.m.
Evening: Programmes by Dominican Republic, Thailand and Bali
 
 
 
November 21, 2012 (Wednesday)
9:00 a.m.
Evening: Subhendra and Saskia Rao (Sitar and Cello Concert)
 
 
 
November 22, 2012 (Thursday)
9:00 a.m.
Morning: Convocation (Chief guest - Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Former Chairman Atomic Energy Commission of India)
5:00 p.m.
Evening: Convocation Drama
 
 
 
November 23, 2012
(Friday)
9:00 a.m.
Morning: Chief Guest, Sri D Y Patil, Governor of Tripura; Talks by Sri TKK  Bhagavat & Dr. Phil Gosselin
5:00 p.m.
Evening: Music Concert by Sri Abhishek Raghuram & Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
 
 
 
November 24, 2012 (Saturday)
9 a.m.
Evening: Programme by the Japanese and Malaysia Drama on human values
 
November 25, 2012
(Sunday)
4:45 p.m.
Evening: Orissa Cultural Program

 

 

 
 
 
 

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