Sri Sathya Sai Lokaseva Educational Institutions

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba


Sri Sathya Sai Lokaseva Educational Institutions
B.N. Narasimha Murthy

Among the educational institutions which have religiously put into practice the ideals of value-based system of education set forth by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, two institutions of Karnataka State can be ranked as most outstanding. These are: Sathya Sai Vihar, Alike and Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli. Founded by a great visionary and selfless Tapasvin (man of penance), late Sri Madiyal Narayan Bhat, these two institutions became a part of the Divine Mission of Bhagavan when He accepted them by a deed of registration during His visit to Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli on 14th August 1978.

Under the umbrella of Bhagavan’s divine grace and direct guidance, the two centres flourished very rapidly, and now they impart value-based education to over two thousand students from all over India. The centres, which also have hospitals, agricultural farms, dairies, a publication division and an orphanage, are manned by a group of 60 Tyagajeevis (men of sacrifice) who were inspired by the ideals of self-sacrifice and selfless service to mankind by their mentor, Sri Narayan Bhat whom they lovingly called Anna (eider brother). They accepted the vow of lifelong celibacy and dedicated their life to Lokaseva (service to mankind). When these institutions were accepted by Bhagavan Baba, all of them rededicated themselves to the Divine Mission of Bhagavan. They are bound by a sense of brotherhood and they live together in the Ashram named Prem Kutir on the campus.Their oath-cum-prayer given to them by their illustrious mentor runs thus:

“Oh Lord Sathya Sayeeshwara, grant us the divine strength to build up a mighty organisation of dedicated missionaries who offer themselves completely as messengers in Your great mission of establishing Dharma in the world. This life of ours filled with Your love is dedicated at Your Lotus Feet for achieving this glorious ideal!”

Sathya Sai Vihar, Alike – the Little Garden of the Lord
Sathya Sai Vihar in Alike is situated in a valley surrounded by hills. The location is breathtakingly picturesque and the campus reminds you of the Gurukulas of ancient India, The beauty of the place and the goodness of the people living there reflect God’s grandeur and munificence. The sky above reveals the infinity and eternity of truth. In their unifying experience, you can see the face of God in the trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. Once a saint who was living in the Himalayan mountains was brought to Sathya Sai Vihar by his disciples. After staying for a day there, he exclaimed, “Men go to the Himalayas in search of God, but your Anna has brought Himalayas down to this place!” God in the form of Bhagavan Baba has graced these institutions in Alike with His visits twice – in 1979 and 2001. During His first visit Bhagavan stayed on the campus for one day in the beautiful Mandir specially built for Him with great love and devotion.

Sri Sathya Sai Lokaseva Junior College, which was started in 1972, with science, commerce and arts sections is one of the premier institutions in the State. It is affiliated to the Board for Pre-University Education in Karnataka. In recent years, the college has garnered limelight by securing 100% results in the State-level public examinations and very high ranks in the Common Entrance Tests conducted by the State Government for selecting students to engineering and medical colleges. The principles of Sri Sathya Sai Educare are integrated into the process of education here and ‘integral education for total development of the student’ is the motto. Most Sri Sathya Sai Lokaseva Vidya Kendra, Alike, of the students reside in the hostel attached to the college and a few day scholars from the local villages also attend the college. Needy students are provided free food by the institution.

A fully residential boy’s school affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi was started in 1984. The school admits boys to sixth standard and imparts education till tenth standard.

An orphanage located in Sathya Sai Vihar houses about 100 destitute children drawn from very poor families and orphans with the objective of educating them and moulding them into cultured citizens of the country. These children also attend the educational institutions run by the Trust.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital which provides free medical care to all those who come to its portals from the surrounding villages was inaugurated in 2002. During His divine visit to Sathya Sai Vihar in 2001, Swami declared that He would establish a ‘Superior Hospital’ there. A spacious building which looks more like a temple than a hospital was built on the top of a hill overlooking the campus within a year. Baba Himself arranged for the construction of the building and provided all the equipment and instruments required for the hospital.

Sri Sathya Sai Vocational Training Centre provides training in computer processing and printing to the needy villagers free of cost. The Kannada Monthly – “Sanathana Sarathi” – is printed here. The publications division of the Trust has also published more than thirty books in Kannada on the life, work and teachings of Baba.

Shiva Nilaya, a spacious and well-furnished guest house, serves the needs of the visitors to the centre. A very well-maintained and vast agricultural farm and a dairy form an important part of the centre.

Sathya Sai Grama – a Land of Penance
The centre at Muddenahalli which is located at a distance of seven kilometres from the main road between Puttaparthi and Whitefield was christened by Swami Himself as ‘Sathya Sai Grama’ in 1973. It nestles in the sylvan surroundings at the foot of the reputed hill station – the Nandi Hills.

Sathya Sai Grama is a sprawling campus of over a hundred acres filled with thousands of trees and plants, dotted with majestic buildings. The centre has the proud privilege of receiving Swami on its hallowed grounds 27 times in the last three decades. When He stepped on this land for the first time on 14th August 1978, Swami looked around admiringly and said, “This is a Tapobhumi – a land of penance!”

Anyone who visits the campus experiences the powerful spiritual vibrations pervading the place. Prema Deepa – the light of love – was the name given by Bhagavan to the Mandir here; it is an exquisite piece of Indian temple architecture situated almost on the highest spot in the campus. It was inaugurated by Bhagavan on 15th August 1994. Encircled by an ornamental garden, it has now become a place of pilgrimage for devotees.

More than eight hundred students study in the educational institutions in Sathya Sai Grama. Out of them, 700 boys drawn from all over India reside in the hostels, and others come from eight villages around the campus. These villages have been adopted by the centre for their all-round development. The alumni association of the educational institutions at Sathya Sai Grama – the ‘Children of Sathya Sai’ – are doing commendable work in these villages with the objective of transforming them into model villages worthy of emulation.

Sri Sathya Sai Lokaseva Composite Pre-University College, which was started as a high school in 1973, was upgraded in 1982 with the addition of Pre-University section in commerce. A science section will also be added from the next academic year. The magnificent building of the college was declared open by Swami in February 1987. The college is reputed for its excellent results in the S.S.L.C. and P.U.C. Public Examinations and effective education in human values on the basis of the Sathya Sai ideals.

Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Kendra is a Central School with classes from sixth to tenth standard. It is a fully residential school started in 1998.

A beautiful auditorium and a modern dining hall adorned with sculptural embellishments are an added attraction in the campus. Sprawling playgrounds and good sports facilities are another important feature of these educational institutions. The students have won accolades in sports, games and athletics in State level competitions. The vast agricultural farms and a modern dairy which occupy the western side of the campus lend a heavenly charm to the place.

One important and very encouraging development in Sathya Sai Grama isthat some of the alumni have joined the centre as Tyagajeevis. It augurs well for the fulfilment of the grand vision of the founder of the institutions, Sri Narayan Bhat, regarding their contribution to the divine mission of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

Role Models of Integral Education
If one wants to see how values are integrated with studies in schools and colleges, one should see the functioning of these two institutions because seeing is believing. The entire environment in both the institutions is saturated with values of Sathya, Dharma, Santhi, Prema and Ahimsa as taught by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Both the students and teachers are shining examples of morality, ethics and spirituality in practice. In fact, these two institutions present a model which all educational institutions of the country can emulate to give value-based direction to our system of education.

Let me complete this article on these very unique institutions of Bhagavan by recalling a revealing incident that happened in July 2003 at Brindavan. Bhagavan had called for interview, a group of students and teachers from Sri Sathya Sai Lokaseva Junior College at Sathya Sai Vihar. Those were the students who had secured the highest ranks in the engineering and medical entrance examinations in the State. For the first time in the history of the State, students from the same college had secured first rank in both the engineering and medical entrance examinations. When I submitted this good news to Bhagavan, He said joyfully, “It is not history; it is His story!” We can look forward to His story unfolding with each passing day bringing peace and joy to mankind!

Reference: Sanathana Sarathi pgs 376-380 November 2005

26 Responses

  1. Sai Ram,
    I am Roshan, proud student of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva College, Alike. After completeing my 10th, I joined Alike where I got to learn more about Human values, Spiritual Values, and a lot more things, which shaped my life in a systematic way. I believe and I mean that I got a good foundation for my life.
    Even I want my sister to join Sai Educational Institution. So as i was searching for that and I came across this Comment box.
    Please Suggest to me which School I can guide my sister to join.

  2. Sairam Roshan,

    You can join your sister in Puttaparthi school for girls if she is in school or at Anantapur womens college for higher studies.
    Please visit the following websites for school and college admissions
    http://www.sssieducare.org/
    http://www.sssu.edu.in/Home.htm for college admission.

    Sairam
    Tulasi

  3. Sai Ram – I have been sponsoring a student in Puttaparthi 10th Standard which as you know has completed. He is looking to continue education if possible and asked about the Junior College in Muddenahalli. Apparently he has heard there is an enterance exam in the next days. So far I am unable to confirm this. Is it possible to call someone for details, fees, etc.
    I would appreciate a phone number and a name please. A rapid response would also help.
    Many thanks

  4. I wish to put my son to sri sai institution, alike. (for I puc 2010-11) when will I have to apply for entrance test and how?

  5. mrs lakshmi
    i think its very late for u to apply now ….
    better enquire at 08255239236
    sai ram…

  6. Om Sai Ram
    I have two children (boys) and I wish them to study in Muddenahalli(Bangalore)For the next acadamic year.So can you please sudgest me what I have to do ?Right now they are studying in SIXTH and EIGTH standard (CBSE).
    .
    .
    .
    sairam

  7. Om Sai Ram
    I have two children (boys) and I wish them to study in one of your institutions .For the next acadamic year.So can you please sudgest me what I have to do ?Right now they are studying in SECOND and FOURTH standard in Chinmaya Vidyalaya Bangalore.

    Sai ram

  8. Sai Ram,

    We are in Oman, Can someone guide us as to when we should seek admission for my son who will finish std10 in June2010. We wish to put him in Mudenahalli campus.

    sai ram

    satya

  9. sai ram , i am really happy to say that i studied at muddenahelli. . and completed my 12th there. and i wish all the very best to the students who are studying there………….sai ram

  10. Aum Sai Ram!!
    This is me Nirmal Katuwal all the way from Nepal. I m student of B.E.Computer. Now i m in third semester.
    I want to shift to whitefield in Baba’s University. Is there any engineering colleges? If yes then how could i proceed?

    please suggest me…I would be thankful .
    Waiting for suggestion…
    Sairam

  11. We are in Oman, Can someone guide us as to when we should seek admission for my son who will finish std10 in June2010. We wish to put him in Mudenahalli campus.

    sai ram

  12. Sai Ram,

    I am Vasudev working in Indian Space Research Organisation. I would like to admit my son your esteemed school after two year (Now he is studying 3rd Std – CBSC) may be at Alike or Muddenahalli to give value based education. Thankful, if you can suggest the procedure like any entrance exam is there or when to contact for admission.

    Sai Ram
    Vasudev

  13. I would like to visit the under construction (at the time of writing) Muddenahalli University of Sathya Sai Baba at 14 Feb 2010.

    I would appreciate to provide me the following information.
    1. Transportation from Bangalore airport
    2. Closest hotel to the University
    Thank you in advance
    Irene

  14. Sai Ram ,i am an old student of muddenahalli institute dear irene by swami’s grace there are guest houses in muddenahalli so you need not to search for a hotel to stay.

  15. Sai Ram,

    I am looking to enroll my son in the 6th std in the Sri Sathya Sai school in Mudenahalli for the coming academic year. Please let me know how to go about it. Please give me the hostel details too.

    Thanks in advance

  16. Sairam

    I think similarly admissions to academic year 2010 too will be notified as below – cut and pasted from sanathana sarathi Nov’07 issue.

    But still trying to figure out where I can find info on admission to mudenahalli campus !!

    sairam

    SRI SATHYA SAI HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL, Prasanthi Nilayam – 515 134, (A.P.)

    Admission to Class I and Class XI of Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, Vidya Giri, Prasanthi Nilayam – 515 134, Anantapur Dist. (A.P.), will take place in June 2008.

    It is an English medium, wholly residential school. Prospectus and Admission Forms
    can be obtained from the Principal from 01-01-2008 by paying Rs 50/- either by cash or through Demand Draft drawn on State Bank of India, Prasanthi Nilayam Branch (code no.: 2786) in favour of the Principal, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School, along with a self-addressed cover size 15 cm x 24 cm with Rs 20/- stamps affixed.

    Last date for issuing the forms is 15th February 2008 and the last date for receiving the filled in forms at this office is on or before 1st March 2008.
    Only students coming from English medium classes should apply.

    Phone: 08555-289289

    E-mail Address: ssshss(at)gmail(dot)com Principal

  17. ADMISSION DETAILS FOR CLASS XI-BOYS AND CLASS X – GIRLS

  18. Sai Ram
    I wish to put my son to Sri Sathya Sai Hiegher Scondery School at Alike or Muddenahalli . (for VIII STD 2010-11) I am residing at Bangalore. when will I can get application / entrance test and how? Pl Inform Sir.

    Pranam
    B Balakrishna Rai
    94483 83695

  19. I wish to put my son to sri satya Higher scondery school at Alike or muddenhalli [for 3 rd Std 2010-11] when can i get the application /entrance test and how? Pl Inform Sir

  20. SAI RAM!!!

    SALUTATIONS TO THE DIVINE LIGHT CALLED SATYA SAI!!

    SIR,

    I HAVE 2 SONS. I AM INFACT SEARCHING FOR ADMISSION FOR MY ELDEST SON WHO IS 10 YRS OF AGE AND IS NOW STUDYING IN STD V. I WANT HIM TO RECEIVE ENLIGHTENED EDUCATION UNDER THE DIVINE BLESSINGS AND PATRONAGE OF NONE ELSE OTHER THAN MY LIVING LORD SRI SATHYA SAI.

    I SHALL BE VERY GRATEFUL IF YOU ADMIT MY SON IN YOUR ESTEEMED AND REPUTED INSTITUTION.

    I STAY IN MUMBAI AND I AM A DEVOTEE OF BABA. MY SON IS STUDYING IN STATE BOARD SCHOOL HERE IN MUMBAI.

    KINDLY ADMIT HIM.

    SAI RAM!

  21. Sai Ram!

    Sir,

    My son is studying in 8th standard in a school acredited by CBSE.

    Is it possible to admit my son to 9th standard in your institution which is in Alike.

    He is also attending music classes and passed Mridangam Junior examination. He is also learning vocal.

    Pl. provide me your advice.

    Regards,
    Prafulla

  22. Would like to get admission for 8th standard. Please let me know the procedure about when to get the application….etc

  23. sai ram
    sir
    I need an admission to XI std./PU for the 2010 academic year for my elder son. suggest me the procedure to get application and then admission.

    respectfully,
    kumar k

  24. ATTENTION:
    There have been a lot of questions about admissions to Alike. So far, I have not been able to find any information. I would kindly suggest that you contact one of the three campuses below to see if they can help you with your questions:

    Prasanthi Nilayam Campus:
    Sri Sathya Sai University
    PRASANTHI NILAYAM – 515 134
    Anantapur Dist.,ANDHRA PRADESH
    Telephone (College): 08555287235
    Telephone (Hostel): 08555287234
    Email: principal.psn(at)sssu.edu. in

    Anantapur Campus:
    Sri Sathya Sai University,
    Anantapur Campus,Anantapur- 515 001
    ANDHRA PRADESH
    Telephone (College): 08554272567
    Telephone (Hostel): 08554273122
    Email: principal.atp(at)sssu.edu. in

    Brindavan Campus:
    Sri Sathya Sai University, Brindava n Campus,
    Kadugodi P.O.Bangalore – 560 067
    KARNATAKA
    Phone (College): 0802845 2329
    Phone (Hostel): 0802845 2233
    Email: principal.brn(at)sssu.edu. in

    For emails, replace (at) with @

  25. Sairam,
    Hurry up! applications can be obtained till Feb 15th only and submission is by March 1st. Please find the websites and Principal contact. Admissions are only to join kids in 1st or 11th grades. You cannot join kids in between classes.
    All the very best to both parents and kids. Lord be with you all.

    Sairam
    Tulasi

    http://www.ssshss.org.in/about-the-school.html
    http://www.ssshss.org.in/admission-info.html

    Principal
    Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School
    P.O. Prasanthi Nilayam
    Dt. Anantapur, A.P. – 515134
    Phone: 08555 – 289289
    email: ssshss@gmail.com

    Application forms along with prospectus (and entrance test syllabus for class XI only) may be obtained from school office personally or by sending D.D. in favour of ‘Principal, Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School’ drawn on State Bank of India, Prasanthi Nilayam (code no: 2786) for Rs.50 towards the cost of the prospectus, between January 1st and February 15th of the year in which the admission sought. The application form along with the profile card and identity card duly filled in should reach school office before March 1st. Affix Rs.5 stamp on the identity card. The tests are generally held in the second week of May. For class XI, the written test will be on General English and on other subjects chosen by the students. The provisional admission to qualified students in the test is subject to the performance in the oral test and medical examination. For separate courses one should apply separately for each group.

  26. Sairam,
    Please find below admission information to Muddenahalli School.

    All the best
    Sairam
    Tulasi

    Contact Us
    Postal Address
    Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust,
    Sathya Sai Grama, P.O. Muddenahalli – 562101
    Chikkaballapur district, Karnataka, India.

    Telecommunication
    Phone: STD Code: 08156 – 262102, 262103, 262105
    Fax: 08156-262104
    Email : info@sslst.org

    http://ssslst.org/admssn.html

    Admission details
    Admissions are open to the following classes only for boys.

    1. V and VIII Kannada medium
    2. Class VI English medium CBSE pattern
    3. Class VIII English medium, State pattern
    4. PUC I year commerce (Affiliated to KPUB English medium only).

    Admission Policy

    1. Admission to hostel attached to the education institution in Sathya Sai Grama will be purely on the basis of merit. .
    2. For day-scholars who hail from surrounding eight villages the above condition is relaxed to some extent when they seek admission to sixth standard.
    3. For CBSE and state syllabus English medium, only students coming from English medium classes should apply.
    4. Those who are already studying in class VI/VIII are not permitted to take the entrance exam for the same class.
    5. The performance of the students in the written test is the primary criterion for admission. Some weight-age will be given to students with special talents during admission.
    6. If a student has studied VII standard with Kannada as the medium of instruction, he has to appear for the admission test for class VIII only in Kannada medium.
    7. A student, whose result of the annual or public exam of the previous academic year is not yet announced, can also apply.

    Admission Procedure

    1. Information handbook with application form will be issued in our hostel office usually till 2nd week of May every year.
    2. Last date for receiving the duly filled up application form is till 2nd week of May every year.
    3. Whether the candidate is selected for writing the entrance test or not will be intimated to you by post.
    4. Along with the filled up application form, a Xerox copy of the attested marks card of the candidate containing the grade/marks of the I semester / mid-term examination of the previous year has to be enclosed.
    5. The results of the entrance test will be announced within ten days from the date of Exam.
    6. Selected candidates have to pay an amount of Rs 16000/- towards hostel fees for the whole year. Fees once paid, will not be refunded for any reason.
    7. Advance towards personal expense like books, stationery articles, medical and cloth washing charges etc. has to be paid separately at the time of admission in June.

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