NAAC, UGC, Sathya Sai University And The Exemplary “A++” Grade:
Dr Hiramalini Seshadri and Dr Seshadri Harihar wrote about Sathya Sai Baba’s Educare program (Ref) and how the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) gave an “A++” grade to the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Out of thousands of Indian Colleges and Universities, only Sathya Sai Baba’s prestigious University was able to obtain the much coveted “A++” grade in 2002 (the NAAC conducts their accreditations every 5 years). The relevant newspaper article stated (in part):
“The National Assessment and Accreditation Council is an autonomous body of the UGC, based at Bangalore. Colleges have to get the accreditation every five years. While it was stars, it is grades now. There are seven criteria on which they are assessed, like infrastructure, research facilities and teaching methods. There are nine grades: A++, A+, A, B++, B+,B,C++,C+, and C. In Kerala, there is only one college, which has A+, that is, St. Berchman’s College, Changanassery. In India, there is only one college which has A++, that is the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam. Grants from the UGC and recognition for more courses are based on these ranks, apart from the recognition it gets from academic circles all over.” (Reference).
NAAC, Sri Sathya Sai University And Another “A++” Grade In 2007:
Sathya Sai Baba’s University is an NAAC Accredited University In Andhra Pradesh (Ref). Out of 3,632 accredited Colleges and Universities in India only two Institutes received the highest “A++” Grade in 2007:
- Sri Sathya Sai University
- Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
Sri Sathya Sai Institute Of Higher Learning Recognized By Highest Echelons In India:
It is significant that various high ranking Indian officials and dignitaries have spoken highly of Sai Baba’s Universities. All of the following individuals have publicly praised Sathya Sai Baba’s Universities for their academic excellence and achievements:
- Sri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (Former Vice President of India)
- Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam (Former President of India)
- Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Former Prime Minister of India)
- Rt. Hon. Anerood Jugnauth (Prime Minister of Mauritius)
- Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma (Former President of India)
- Sri P V Narasimha Rao (Former Prime Minister of India)
- Sri R Venkatraman (Former President of India)
In 2003, Sri Y Sivaramakrishnaiah (Principal of the Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Prashanthi Nilayam) received the prestigious “National Award for Teachers” from the President of India, Sri A P J Abdul Kalam. In 2005, Sri K R Vedanarayanan (from the Department of Sanskrit, Prashanti Nilayam) received the prestigious “National Award for Teachers” from the President of India, Sri A P J Abdul Kalam (Reference).
NAAC Conducts Scholary Seminar At Puttaparthi:
Both the NAAC and UGC were so impressed with Sai Baba’s educational programs and institutions that they chose to conduct a scholarly National Seminar at Puttaparthi on “Promoting Value Education and Ethics”.
This scholarly National Seminar was conducted several months after the NAAC and UGC examined Sai Baba’s University and awarded it the highest grade of “A++”, which was shared by no other University throughout India in 2002. Because the NAAC and UGC felt Sai Baba’s University was unique and distinguished among all other Universities, they decided to hold a National Seminar at Prashanti Nilayam that was attended by Vice Chancellors representing 300 Universities throughout India. RadioSai reported:
“In the year of its Golden Jubilee celebrations (2002-2003) the University Grants Commission has, among other things, chosen to focus its attention on a review and restructuring of higher education in the country. One of the major issues that has very appropriately been taken up for serious deliberations and subsequently a concrete plan of action, has been the one relating to the introduction of human values and ethics in our higher educational system. The University Grants commission (UGC) has shown wisdom by deciding to begin such deliberations at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL). It is by now widely recoginsed that this institution stands uniquely distinguished for incorporating human values as an integral component of its system of education….The seminar was attended by Prof. Arun Nigavekar, Chairman, UGC, who gave the keynote address in the first business session, Justice Ranganath Misra, formerly Chief Justice of India and Chairman, National Human Rights commission, Justice Malmath, former Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, Prof. V.S. Prasad, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Vice-Chancellors of 18 reputed universities in India , the present Vice Chancellor of the SSSIHL, Sri S. V. Giri and his predecessor, Prof. G. Venkataraman, senior officials of the UGC and Higher Education Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh. Notably, the participating Vice-Chancellors represented women’s universities, universities of distance education, deemed universities, agricultural universities, central and state universities spread across the length and breadth of India.” (Reference)
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