Passports – Lost And Found

Sathya Sai Baba - Passports Lost And Found

Sathya Sai Baba - Passports Lost And Found

Passports – Lost And Found

Each one of us is in the very same situation. Any little accomplishment, any little deed is always supported by the unseen hand of our Beloved Lord. When I look back into the face of time, I find a rainbow of memories flashing before me. There is one thing I never failed throughout. It is the presence of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, saturated by His Love. Every moment is filled with His omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. However it is for us to recognize this truth A couple of years ago, my parents along with my brother and I were taking a walk down the shopping lanes of London where we intended to make our purchases. On our way out one of the supermarkets, my father accidentally happened to put his hand into his hand baggage and to our dismay he found all our passports missing!

We were initially panic stricken, but our faith in Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba removed all our fears. We searched all around the place, retracting our steps but there was no sign of any of our passports. My father went down the lane making inquiries, but none of them brought us anywhere close to our passports. My father finally decided to register the problem with the police and started looking out for police officer.

As he proceeded, a young Englishman whom he saw for the first time came straight to him and said. “You must be looking for the lost and found department. Sir it is right over there,” and gave him some landmark. My father walked into the office of the British cops, as he had been directed to. As he opened the door of the lost and found department, he saw the officer in-charge just placing all our passports in a bag. “Thank God”, his exclamation was enough to inform the officer that those passports belong to us.

Nevertheless he looked at my father with a smile and asked, “Are these your passports?” The answer of my father in the affirmative seemed to delight the officer and on being asked how the passports landed there, he said. “Didn’t you meet anyone on the way up?”

My father said that there wasn’t any one he met. But the officer was not satisfied. He went on and said that the man who gave the passports just left a few seconds before my father came in and he said that he was the owner of the shop. My father just posed one last question on his way out with passports. “How did he look like?” The reply to the question was enough to throw us back in our seats and start thinking. Every single description matched the splendor of our Beloved Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and we were deeply thankful for all that he had done for our family.

It was about nine months after that Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba appear in the dream of my father and confirmed His presence at London in a very unique way. The amount of concern Bhagavan has for each of us in much more than what the word concern literally means. The unfathomable ocean of His love goes far beyond our mind’s comprehension. There is a lot we students to learn from His actions, from His words and a lot to learn from His love.

We have to travel far beyond to be able to know actually how fortunate each of us is to be with Sathya Sai Baba. What we see of Him today is a very minute spectacle of what He actually is. Each one of us is on a long journey, “from us to ourselves” and we are immensely fortunate to have our goal. Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba as our guide. And on this journey, it is my constant prayer to Bhagavan that He be with us and guide us throughout so that I may be an instrument in His hands.

– From Talk given by Shri. Deepak a Student of Swami’s University

Robotics – The Next Big Career Path

Robotics – The Next Big Career Path
Raj Singh Rathee

In India, the industry is expected to grow at a rate twice the global average.

Ever imagined that the bike you ride, the car you drive, the bus or train you travel in of even the clothes and groceries you buy has robots and robotics involved in it at some point or the other? Well it true. Robotics has grown far beyond the realm of fantasy, imagination and sci-fi. What we remember as robots being toys with blinking lights and mechanical sounds or as one would remember from the Hollywood blockbuster Robocop, are now left far behind. Robots and Robotics is far more firmly entrenched into our day to day life, though invisible and working in the background.

Let’s first define Robotics. Robotics is a field of engineering that deal with design and application of robots and the use of computer for their manipulation and processing.

How to be an expert?
Robotics being an inter-disciplinary course, students who have completed their graduation in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation engineering or computer engineering with an interest in robotics and artificial intelligence can pursue a career in Robotics.

In India, there are few institutes imparting the state-of-the-art professional skills wherein people from industry and also the student community are trained on different aspects of robotics. Different types of courses from Basic Robot Programming to Expert Robot programming are being offered.

A course in Robotics trains and educates an individual in artificial intelligence, computer aided manufacturing, computer integrated manufacturing system, computational geometry, robot motion planning, digital electronics and micro-processors, robot manipulators.

Courses in Robotics are offered by leading institutes like IIT – Kanpur; National Institute of Technology – University of Hyderabad (M.Tech in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics); Kuka Training Centre – Pune; Jadavpur University – Kolkata; BITS – Pilani; Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning – Prasanthinilayam in Andhra Pradesh and PSG College of Technology – Coimbatore. These are a few names.

Avenues for you
The scope for a career in Robotics in India is tremendous and people can explore career opportunities in diversified sectors ranging from space research organisations to pure manufacturing companies. Apart from Automobile companies, which account for 70 per cent of Robotics applications in India, other sectors like foundry, food, logistics, healthcare and entertainment are also aggressively looking at adopting robots.

The big ones
Blue chip companies like Tata Motors, Hyundai Motors, Reliance Industries, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, etc have separate designated departments to handle the programming and functioning of robotics.

Many small and medium enterprises in India are also warming up to the idea of investing in robotics to increase their global competitiveness.

The cases in point are the two prominent industries of the SME sector – Forging and Diamond. Robots contribute substantially towards rationalising cost-effective automation solutions in all areas of the forging industry. Whatever the application, be it loading and unloading of die-casting machines, deflashing presses or machining centres; spraying; finishing processes like milling, sawing and grinding, or handling hot, heavy forgings, these robots meet every need including applications in harsh ambient conditions. Trends suggest that internationally the diamond industry is moving towards very high precision workmanship. Robots play a critical role for this industry which is pegged at Rs. 60,000 crore.

Robots actually help SMEs to transform their competitiveness and deliver significantly enhanced levels of productivity, efficiency and profitability.

Robots are also used in the field of nuclear science, sea-exploration, servicing of transmission electric signals, designing of bio-medical equipments etc. A candidate having an M.E. degree in Robotics can get job opportunities in space research organisations like ISRO and also in industries which manufacture microchips.

Job opportunities also exist in Indian Institute of Technology for doing extensive research work in artificial intelligence.

Furthermore, The Indian Institute of Chemical Biology offers openings research fellowships in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Internationally, a Robotics Engineer can get employment opportunities abroad to program, troubleshoot and maintain robots; Research fellowships are also available in research institute emphasising on humanoid robotics and computational neuroscience.

Companies like Intel recruit robotics and artificial intelligence specialists for microchip manufacturing. The Robotics Industrial Association in North America provides job opportunities in robot manufacturing and maintenance systems integration. NASA is the ultimate job destination for those interested in applying robotics to space science.
While Japan is often thought of as most adept at the use of robots, India now labelled as the new manufacturing hub of the world is emerging as the top market for Robots.

Future of Robotics:
Ever consider the Future of Robotics? What will it really be like? Did Science Fiction get it right, if not how close were they? Will robots be everywhere and involved in every aspect of life? Will robots eventually take over all the modern Factories; will robots be making robots too? Which sectors will we see robots excel in?

  • Robots in Commerce – Retail, Services, Fields
  • Robots in the home – Maids, Washing Car, Doing Chores, Mowing the Lawn
  • Robots in Security – Guards, Guard Dogs, Bomb Sniffers, Bomb Squads
  • Robots to the Rescue – FEMA, Earthquake, Hurricanes, Wild Fires
  • Robots for the Weather and Environment – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Robots in Transportation – Light Rail, Cars, Aircraft
  • Robots in Distribution – Trains, Warehouses
  • Robotic Androids – Assistants, Mentors, Educators
  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence – Thinking Machines and Systems
  • Robots in the Military – Smart Munitions, Net-Centric Systems, UAVs

With the global robotic industry pegged at $17.6 billion this industry is expected to take rapid growth strides in the future.

In India, the industry is expected to grow at two to two-and-a-half times the global average with robots worth about Rs 3500 crore already being sold so far. If working with computers and mechanics sounds interesting and if you have science and math skills, then pursuing a career in Robotics might be just right for you. If you like to build new things and fiddle around with electronic gadgets then consider robotics as a career option.

The exponential growth of robots in India is fuelling the demand for skilled manpower that can design, build, operate and repair robots and robotic machines. Robotics is now emerging as the new hot destination where more and more graduates are establishing lucrative careers.

Deccan Herald Reference

Monument To Music

Monument To Music
by Aruna Chandraraju

From the window above, the strains of a soothing raga, and the rhythmic beats of a mridangam float down to us. We pause on the steps leading to Sathya Sai Baba Mirpuri College of Music in Prashanti Nilyam to take a good look at the Saraswathi statue that fronts this truly unique college.

You might wonder what is unique about a music college considering India abounds in them. This college not only offers high-grade education free of cost but also a zero-cost all-inclusive residential facility. Attached to it is an enormous music museum with strikingly unusual architecture and a collection of nearly 300 musical instruments from across the world. The Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music also has eminent Indian musicians like Shivkumar Sharma, Yella Venkateswara Rao, Hariharan, L. Subramaniam, and Neyveli Santanagopalan visiting and holding interactive sessions with students. Moreover, the students get to listen regularly to legends in Indian classical and film music who frequent the Sai Ashram and perform there.

We are ushered inside and walked through the building. The classrooms are spacious, airy, and impeccably clean. The library has an impressive collection of nearly 4000 music-related books and 400 CDs and audio cassettes, with new additions every month.

The college offers three courses each in Hindustani and Carnatic streams of music, and teaches vocal and instrumental music including veena, mridangam, sitar and tabla.

It even has classes for dying folk arts like Burrakatha. There is a two-year foundation course (Abhyaasa Gaana), three-year diploma course (Vidya Praveena), and one-year post-diploma Kalapoorna course.

The curriculum was designed by stalwarts like Bhimsen Joshi, Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana and Yella Venkateswara Rao, and professors of music from other universities.

The museum has a giant tabla alongside and its façade has two-storey high tamburas and guitars for pillars, while an enormous trumpet forms another design element. Within is a visual and acoustic treat for the music connoisseur — nearly 300 stringed, percussion and wind instruments from Africa, South-east Asia and Arabic countries, including rare specimens, displayed in a large, well-lit hall.

Some of the smaller instruments are mounted on the wall alongside pictures of the spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, who is Founder-Chancellor of the university which runs this college. There are bigger instruments at floor-level like a giant veena, mridangam and guitar, all perfectly proportioned and tuned.

For details, contact Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music, Sri Sathya Sai University, Prashanti Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh. Tel: (08555) 287 239; 289 050.

The Hindu Reference

Finance St Wizards Stress Ethics At Sathya Sai’s Feet

Finance St Wizards Stress Ethics At Sathya Sai’s Feet
K V Ramana / DNA
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 3:58 IST

Hyderabad: What were Reserve Bank governor Duvvuri Subba Rao, his predecessor Y V Reddy, finance wizards Uday Kotak, K V Kamath, Kalpana Morparia, Aditya Puri, Gunit Chadha, Ajay Srinivasan, Meera Sanyal and a clutch of other Finance St honchos doing last weekend?

They were camping in Puttaparthi to take a lesson or two — apart from blessings — from godman Sathya Sai Baba during a conclave of the Sri Sathya Sai University on ethics in the world of finance.

The list of people, apart from the above, is literally a who’s who of the finance world: Sreeram Iyer, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Mani Subramanian, CEO, Barclays Bank, Jagdish Capoor, chairman, HDFC Bank, K R Ramamurthy, chairman, ING Vysya Bank, A V Balasubramanian, CEO, Birla SunLife, Amitabh Chaturvedi, MD, Dhanlakshmi Bank, and Usha Narayanan, executive director, Sebi, V Vaidyan athan, CEO, ICICI Prudential and R Sridharan, MD, State Bank of India, apart from a host of public sector and central bankers.

It’s not known if all of them are Sai devotees. In an hour-long discourse to the bankers, Sathya Sai Baba used stories from the Mahabharata to drive home the ethics imperative,alluding to how Yudhishtira lost his kingdom by gambling, and the magnanimity of Draupadi’s move to save Ashwathama’s life despite him killing the sons of Pandavas, etc.

In all, two dozen honchos from the financial and regulatory world, apart from academicians and economists attended the two-day event. Sathya Sai Baba also materialised a gold chain and gave it to ICICI Bank chairman Kamath, asking him to give it to his wife, who is said to be a devotee.

In his speech, Kamath attributed India’s rich spiritual and religious base, resting on the two pillars, truth and dharma as the reasons why it avoided the global financial crisis.

“My belief is that the core we have in terms of the teachings we have imbibed for ages that are continued to be taught to us by Bhagawan are the reasons why we have been able to withstand the challenges swept the whole world.” Kamath said.

Gunit Chaddha, CEO India of Deutsche Bank, in his speech said it is “truly an honour and privilege to submit myself before the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan Sri Satya Sai Baba”.

“I have visited Prasanthi Nilayam (abode of Baba) and Sai University many times over the last decade, and each time I have returned with even greater passion. But, today, standing here and having an opportunity to speak with the permission of Bhagawan is truly the most humbling experience of my life for the last forty eight years,” Chaddha said.

Those close to the affairs at Prasanthi Nilayam said there has been growing concern over the quality of affairs in the world of finance and Sathya Sai Baba has been stressing the
need for integrity in the world of business.

RBI governor Subba Rao said while there is an issue with ethical values in the financial world, it is a reflection of the society at large. “There is a need for a value system in the society at large,” he said.

Subba Rao said only people with an evil-minded can cause a financial scandal. “This is the time for all of us to make the rules of the game more stringent and practical,” he said.

His predecessor, Yaga Venugopal Reddy was keen to draw a line between greed and need, saying trust is the most crucial component of the sector. “There is enough in this world to meet the needs of everyone, but not enough to meet the greed of even one person,” he said, quoting Mahatma Gandhi.

DNA India Reference

Ethics and The World of Finance – Report on the Inaugural Function 2009

Ethics and The World of Finance – Report on the Inaugural Function 2009

Ethics and world of finance are two subjects that stand poles apart considering the erosion in business ethics in the corporate world of finance. Sri Sathya Sai University, in its relentless pursuit to bring quality in the world of business management, sends out hundreds of qualified graduates through its value based management programme, every academic year.

In an attempt to match the two ever repelling poles, ethics and finance, a high-profile two-day national conference on the theme “Ethics and the World of Finance” was organized by Sri Sathya Sai University in the University Auditorium on the 28th and 29th of August attended by captains from the world of finance and banking.

The conference got underway on the 28th August morning in the august presence of the Chancellor of the University, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, amidst the presence of scores of high-profile dignitaries from the world of finance and banking, including the Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Duvvuni Subba Rao and the former Governor, Mr. Y.Venugopal Reddy.

In the morning the University campus, the venue for the conference, was abuzz with final touches of preparations. The entire campus was decked up with flowers and festoons pumping in freshness and beauty, welcoming the Host, the Divine Chancellor and His Eminent Guests of Honour.

And amid expectations and prayers Sathya Sai Baba arrived at the venue just after 10:00 a.m. to a traditional Poornakumbha Swagatam. Bhagawan was received by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vishwanath Pandit and Prof. U.S.Rao, Principal, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus. Coming onstage Bhagawan was given a standing ovation by the capacity audience filled in the University Auditorium. Thereupon, the Conference got underway with the Divine Chancellor lighting the lamp marking the official inauguration. Chairpersons for the inaugural function, Dr. Duvvuni Subba Rao and the former Governor, Mr. Y.Venugopal Reddy were garlanded by Dr. Narain Ramji, and Mr. Srirangarajan, Registrar and Controller of Examinations of the University respectively, before the commencement of the day’s further proceedings.

Delivering the welcome address, Prof. Vishwanath Pandit, expressed his deepest sense of gratitude to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, but for whose Divine Will such an event would not have been possible. Calling the event a unique occasion, the Vice Chancellor made a mention of the participation of the top echelons from the banking and financial sector along with academicians of repute.

Highlighting the direct relevance the conference has with the current world affairs, Prof. Pandit was categorical in emphasizing that value based education has to be practised in life, rather than confining the same to bookish knowledge. Calling the Sri Sathya Sai University a unique institution par excellence, Prof. Pandit made a mention about the University’s contribution to the society by sending out students with ethical values and academic perfection. Interestingly, he mentioned about the remark of the high-power parliamentary delegation visited the University in the year 1997; the delegation had suggested that the same system of education should be replicated. The UGC delegation visited the University in September 2008 made a similar remark, unofficial though. The delegations remark was that “what we see here is exceptional and must be replicated. This place does not need our support; we need the support of the University”.

Divulging the conference schedule that was divided into four parts, the Vice Chancellor said, the conference would deal with panel discussions on (1) quintessence of ethics, (2) Behaviour and Structure of Financial Institution, (3) Role of the Government and Regulatory Authorities and (4) Role of Education.

Thanking Bhagawan and Prof. Pandit profusely for the wonderful opportunity given, the RBI Governor, Dr. Duvvuri Subba Rao, in his key-note address confessed that he had not dwelled upon the subject of reference much in detail before. Calling the subject of reference as relevant in the present time in the face of economic crisis, he said all of us face ethical struggle in our daily lives. Conceding to the point that financial sector scores less ethical values, Mr. Rao opined that the sector was a reflection of society and ethics could be brought fostering a value system in society at large.

Referring to the global financial crisis he said, the crisis brought a massive breakdown of trust in the entire institution. Banking sector is in the hands of government and government cannot afford to fail the institution. If the bank is a success share holders and management will be benefited and when the bank loses the public are the worst sufferers, be it banking or any other financial institution. Banking and Financial sector share the conscience of obligation that they have in the larger interest of the society, said Dr. Rao.

Concluding his speech the Governor listed out the ethical dimensions of Reserve Bank of India, listing the bank’s roles and responsibilities being the guardians of nation’s financial security.

The high-profile guest of honour’s subject oriented lecture spreading across the essentials of financial fabric, intertwined with illustrations and examples was a treatise of relishing treat for the audience especially for the students from the University.

The next speaker, the Ex-Governor of RBI, Mr. Y. Venugopal Reddy, delivering the “invited lecture” sent out a barrage of questions with reference to the recent global financial crisis. Referring to some of the “Questionable Practices” that could have caused to spur the crisis Mr. Reddy drew the audiences’ attention unto the previous crisis in the early nineties. Listing out the consequences thereon, Mr. Reddy sounded interrogative as to whether the present crisis would bring similar consequences. Speaking about values, morals and ethics versus market and government, he said the world of finance is a different ball game and is entirely based on Trust. He ended his speech quoting Mahatma Gandhi, there is enough in this world to meet the needs of everybody but there is not enough to meet the greed of even a single person.

The last speaker for the session was Mr. S.V.Giri, formerly Vigilance Commissioner of India and the 6th Vice Chancellor of the Sri Sathya Sai University. Hi speech was mainly on the topic as to how the foundations of character building were laid through activities like Grama Seva and the like. Summing up the morning session he highlighted the five cardinal human values descibing them as pillars of Sanathana Dharma.

The participants for the Conference are:

  • Dr. Duvvuri Subba Rao, Governor, RBI
  • Dr. Y.Venugopal Reddy, Ex-Governor, RBI
  • V.S.Das, Executive Director, RBI
  • A.Giridhar, Executive Director, IRDA
  • R. Sridharan, MD, SBI
  • Jagdish Capoor, Chairman, HDFC Bank Ltd.
  • K.V.Kamath, Former Chairman, ICICI Bank Ltd.
  • R.S.Reddy, Chairman cum Managing Director, Andhra Bank
  • Gunit Chaddha, CEO-India, Deutsche Bank
  • Uday Kotak, Executive Vice President and CEO, Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Meera Sanyal, CEO, RBS/ABN Amro Bank
  • Ravi Duvvuru, Group Head, Compliance, Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • K.R.Ramamoorthy, Chairman and MD, ING Vysya Bank
  • Kalpana Morparia, CEO, JP Morgan-India
  • Amitabh Chaturvedi, MD, Dhanalakshmi Bank
  • K.R.Kamath, CMD, Allahabad Bank
  • V.Vaidyanathan, MD and CEO, ICICI Prudential
  • Aditya Puri, MD, HDFC Bank Ltd.
  • Sreeram Iyer, CEO, Stanchart Bank
  • Usha Narayanan, Executive Director, SEBI
  • Ajay Srinivasan, Chief Executive, AV Birla Finance Services
  • S.Narayanan, MD and CEO, IFFCO Tokyo Gen Insurance
  • A. Balasubramanian, CEO, Birla Sun Life AMC

The inaugural session was attended by the students and staff of Sri Sathya Sai University, Prasanthi Nilayam Campus along with scores of other dignitaries.

Back in the mandir, Bhajan was on and it was noon arathi at 12:20 pm. Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, upon retiring to Yajur Mandiram, came to the mandir at 12:10 pm to grand a special audience to Dr. Duvvuri Subba Rao, Governor, RBI. Arathi was offered at 12:20 pm upon which Bhagawan retired to Yajur Mandiram.

Sri Sathya Sai Books and Publications Reference (With Pictures)

Economic Crisis – Ethics and the World Of Finance

Economic Crisis – Ethics and the World Of Finance

Meet on ethics and finance from today
Express News Service
First Published : 28 Aug 2009 03:39:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 28 Aug 2009 02:38:05 PM IST

ANANTAPUR: A two-day high profile conference on Ethics and the World of Finance will be held at Sri Sathya Sai University in Puttaparthi on August 28 and 29. For the conference, the university has brought together the top echelons of the world of finance and a number of reputed economists.

The conference will be inaugurated by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba Friday morning at the university auditorium.

RBI Governor Duvvuri Subba Rao will deliver the keynote address.

Former RBI governor YV Reddy has also been invited to deliver a lecture.

Chairmen and chief executives of nearly 25 commercial banks, insurance companies and several regulatory bodies will participate in the conference.

The deliberations will be interactive as panel discussions. The plenary session at the end of the conference will outline a roadmap for financial institutions, regulatory authorities and other investment institutions to follow so as to ensure sustainable and stable economic growth of the country.

Four themes which are on the agenda include, the quintessence of the human values relevant to the world of finance, functioning of the financial institutions and the new complexities which have arisen in the present world of globalisation, role of the government and regulatory agencies and the need for a value oriented educational process, which produces business leaders with appropriate value orientation for tomorrow’s world.

The organisers of the conference believe that a good part of the problem is due to declining moral standards in all spheres of economic and social life.

The most appropriate place for holding such a conference is indeed Sri Sathya Sai University, which lays primary emphasis on inculcation of human values without compromising on excellence in academic pursuit. The university has, over a short period of its existence, become a role model for other varsities by effectively integrating the two objectives of education, inculcation of values and enhancement of capabilities.

The unique educational experiment started by Sri Sathya Sai Baba as part of His Divine Mission has indeed proved to be a great success, according to Viswanath Pandit, Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University.

Express Buzz Reference

Global crisis led to breakdown of trust in fin system: RBI
Press Trust of India / Puttaparthi /ap August 28, 2009, 17:39 IST

Reserve Bank Governor D Subbarao today said the ongoing global crisis has resulted in a massive breakdown of trust in the financial system and that the study of economics could lose its value base.

“What the crisis has done is to cause a massive breakdown of trust: trust in the financial system, in bankers, in business, business leaders, investment advisers, credit rating agencies, politicians, media and in globalisation,” he said at a conference on ‘Ethics and the World of Finance’ here.

Saying that current financial crisis has called into question the ethical foundation of the financial world, the Governor at Sri Sathya Sai University said the crisis has exposed an issue of moral hazard in the banking system.

“…Something that has come to be called privatisation of profit and socialisation of costs,” he said.

The governments can hardly afford to have large institutions fail as they would be bailed out at tax payers expense, he added.

The ‘too big to fail’ syndrome enables financial institutions to take risks a soap maker cannot take, he said.

The crisis, he said, has triggered a soul searching debate on whether the malaise in the financial sector could be a result of the flaws in the direction that economics, as an academic discipline, has taken over the years.

“I have raised the issue of economics, as an academic discipline, losing its value base, and conjectured if that could be at the root of the malaise in the financial sector,” he said. Subbarao said the ethical content of economics got eroded over the centuries as economics tried to move from being a value based social science to a value free exact science.

“The mathematical abstractions got carried too far and in the process economics lost its link with real life situations that it was expected to study and analyse,” he said.

Though there is no evidence to show that people in the financial sector are inherently less ethical, given the larger temptation and more opportunities there could be greater incidence of unethical behaviour in the sector, he said.

“Banks and financial institutions have a greater responsibility of being conscious of the obligation they have of not jeopardizing the larger public interest,” he said.

Further, quoting economist John Stuart Mill, he said that “if we make men honest, good and decent, then they will make themselves honest, good and decent engineers, doctors and teachers, and may I add, financial sector professionals.”

Business Standard Reference

STOI remembers Vinayak Krishna Gokak

STOI remembers Vinayak Krishna Gokak
Rishikesh Bahadur Desai, TNN
2 August 2009, 05:45am IST

Even as the debate rages on whether Kannada should be the medium of instruction in schools in Karnataka, the state gets ready to observe the birth centenary of the man who mooted the idea. STOI remembers Vinayak Krishna Gokak — legendary scholar, writer, teacher, and institution builder. The occasion will be celebrated in Bangalore on Aug. 3 and 4 as well as in Dharwad on Aug. 9 and 10.

In his famous report, Gokak advocated primacy to Kannada in education and administration. But, he was also a Jnanpith Award winner, distinguished academician and inspiring teacher.

He studied the status of other Indian languages in states where they were spoken. “However, the report is not just about implementing Kannada in Karnataka. Gokak felt that all Indian languages should get primacy in their states,” says his student and Hindi poet Siddalinga Pattanashetty.

Gokak was born in Savanur village, and climbed his way up through hard work. In 1938, he became the first non-white pupil to top Oxford University in its 340-year-old history.

Gokak changed the course of Kannada literature by batting for modernism as early as 1940. He won the Jnanpith Award for the modern epic Bharata Sindhu Rashmi. He was among the few modern Indian academicians who produced creative literature in more than one language. He wrote poetry in Kannada and English and spoke with authority on literature in Marathi, Gujarati and Sanskrit.

“As a writer and translator, he introduced Indian values and culture to the West. As head of academic institutions, he implemented the best practices from around the world into Indian education,” recalls his student and writer Chandrashekar Patil.

His teaching is the stuff of legend. His student Surendranath Minajigi recalls in his book on Gokak: “He was a creative influence, a cult figure on campus and students imitated him.” He was so popular in Pune that students from other colleges attended his classes.

He was the founding spirit behind several prestigious institutions like the Central Institute of English in Hyderabad and the M N College in Gujarat. CIE was to set the template for teaching and research in English in India. He introduced value-based education in the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, as its vice-chancellor.

Gokak committee and agitation
The Gokak agitation, demanding primacy to Kannada in Karnataka, was the first high-voltage pro-Kannada agitation after the one demanding unification of Karnataka in the 1950s. It started with the R Gundu Rao government failing to implement his report.

The Rao government formed the Gokak committee in 1980, after being criticized for its policy of regarding Sanskrit as the first language in schools. Gokak submitted his report in 1981 and recommended that Kannada be taught as the first language in schools. An agitation broke out when the government did not seem enthusiastic about implementing it. Though writers and Kannada activists started the agitation, it became hugely popular and glamorous when film stars led by Rajkumar joined it. The Kannada film industry struck work and stars led rallies across the state.

Life & times

  • Born in Savanur (Haveri dt) on Aug. 09, 1909
  • Joined Karnataka College, Dharwad after elementary education in Savanur
  • Won Daxina scholarship and Ellis prize for academic achievement
  • Completed MA English literature in 1931
  • First non-white to top Oxford University in 1938
  • Published first poetry collection in English
  • Started writing in Kannada under Bendre’s influence
  • Wrote 70 books that include creative works in English and Kannada literature, education, and contemporary thought
  • Awarded the Jnanpith for `Bharat Sindhu Rashmi’, an epic work of 35,000 lines on Indian cultural history
  • Served as president of the Bharatiya Jnanpith
  • Died in Bangalore in 1992

Time Of India Reference

Dr. Vinayaka Krishna Gokak (the first vice chancellor of Sathya Sai Baba’s university The Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning) related how one day he asked Sathya Sai Baba to come to his house for a meal. Sathya Sai Baba readily accepted.

Dr. Gokak was excited, cleaned his house, and waited for Sathya Sai Baba to come. Days and weeks passed. A year went by, Dr. Gokak began to think that Satya Sai Baba had forgotten.

Then one day, while sitting in front of altar, he noticed that the most prominent pictures were of a guru he had in the past and still had a fondness towards the pictures. Off to the side and hanging on the wall was a small picture of Sathya Sai Baba. “This is not right,” thought Dr. Gokak.

Remembering that now Sathya Sai Baba was the main focus of his devotion, he quickly changed the placement of pictures so that Sai Baba’s picture was in the centre.That very day, just after this seemingly small change occurred Sathya SaiBaba came to Dr. Gokak and said warmly, “Now I will come for the meal.”

When Baba visited Dr. Gokak’s home, he saw on the wall for the first time a portrait of an Indian saint, Shri Panta Maharaja of Balekundri, and asked about its presence there.

The Vice-Chancellor replied to Baba that the saint had been his father’s guru, and that he, himself, held the holy man in great reverence.

Sathya Sai Baba: “Have you a smaller portrait of him to carry when you’re travelling?”

Dr. Gokak: “No.”

Sathya Sai Baba: “Would you like one?”

Dr. Gokak: “Yes, Swami, very much.”

Sathya Sai Baba waved his hand, for a little longer than usual, remarking, “He is coming.” Turning the palm up, he handed the doctor a small enamel pendant. It bore a miniature replica of the saint’s portrait.

At another time, Dr. Gokak was to address a large gathering of Sai Devotees in the USA. Orator that he was, the crowd was expecting a heavy downpour of his resonant voice in meaningful words, but nothing came out for a minute or two. Dr Gokak could not believe such a situation he was in for the first time in his life. Suddenly he remembered Swami and mentally prayed to Him. And to his great surprise he found Swami sitting in the front row with smiling benediction. And then there was a torrential flow from the Professor providing a treat to the audience.

Book: Gokak, Vinayak Krishna, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba : an interpretation / Vinayak Krishna Gokak Abhinav Publications, New Delhi : 1975

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning
by Sanjay Sahni

SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE OF Higher Learning is the visible manifestation of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba‘s vision of education which is not only an important means for the transformation of mankind, but also a panacea for the ills that are afflicting it today. More particularly, it is a precious gift of Bhagavan to the youth whom He is moulding to become shining examples of ethical and spiritual awareness to make them the torchbearers of moral regeneration and spiritual reawakening of the world. The Institute has evolved the integral system of education which lays as much emphasis on inculcation of values as on achieving academic excellence. Come 2006, the Institute, a deemed university, will be celebrating its silver jubilee. The birth of the university represented a significant milestone in the glorious unfolding of the Divine Mission of Bhagavan whose watchword, “the end of education is character” forms the main objective of all its activities. From a humble beginning in improvised premises to be acclaimed today ‘as the crest-jewel of higher education in India’, the Institute has come a long way. On 22nd November 1981 this deemed university was inaugurated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Y.V. Chandrachud at Prasanthi Nilayam, and Bhagavan bestowed on it a unique honour by accepting to become its Chancellor.

Divine Vision of the Revered Chancellor
The spirit behind all its achievements is the Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba who from the very beginning chartered its course by His Divine vision. While laying the foundation stone of the Sri Sathya Sai College for Women at Anantapur in 1969, Bhagavan declared:
“It is indeed deplorable that education of the spirit has been totally neglected while attention is devoted to the training of skills and for gleaning and garnering information… My Sankalpa is to provide the youth with an education which, while cultivating their intelligence, will also purify their impulses and emotions and equip them with the physical and mental disciplines needed for drawing upon the springs of calmness and joy that lie in their own hearts.”

In another Discourse to the students and staff of this college in August 1974, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba observed:

“This college has not been established just to prepare you for earning degrees. The main purpose is to help you to cultivate self-knowledge and self-confidence, so that each one of you can learn self-sacrifice and earn self-realisation. The teaching of university curricula and the preparation for presenting you for the university examinations and the award of university degrees – these are only the means employed for the end, namely, spiritual uplift, self-discovery and social service through love and detachment.”

Again, while speaking at the Brindavan College on 31st March 1974, Bhagavan revealed:

“Do not be under the impression that you and I have come together only now, since you study in this college; you have come to Me for the sake of far higher triumphs, as a consequence of merit acquired in many previous lives. You and your teachers are destined to achieve tremendous tasks under My guidance, in the execution of the Mission on which I have come.”

Another milestone was reached in the history of the Institute when on Vijaya Dasami day after the Poornahuti of the Veda Purusha Sapthaha Jnana Yajna on 8th October 1981, Bhagavan announced that from that day the colleges at Prasanthi Nilayam and Anantapur would be raised to the status of the campuses of the new university.

Evolution and Growth
It was Prof. V.K. Gokak, the first Vice Chancellor of the university, who gave a concrete shape to the vision of Bhagavan. In 1982, the Institute launched its Five Year Integrated courses and PG courses in the sciences and humanities. The same year, the Brindavan College became the third campus of the university. I recall how Prof. Gokak outlined before us, first year UG students then, the grand vision of the academic education in the Institute. To inculcate in students a wide and liberal mental outlook, education in the university was envisaged as a pyramidical structure. The pyramid has a wide base and accordingly the students in the undergraduate courses would begin with the study of languages and awareness courses along with their respective courses in core areas. At the end of the second year, the languages would drop off and the science students would start specialising in their area of interest. This would continue into the PG, after which the student would choose a narrow niche for undertaking research. In 1984, Bhagavan started the Ph.D. programme with the intention of preparing His future teachers. Many doctorates have now joined the university as faculty.

In 1986, the MBA and B.Ed. programmes were launched. Many MBA and PG alumni have gone on to man Bhagavan’s institutions in the Ashrams, hospitals, schools and colleges. Others have made their mark in the wide world. Other courses got added in subsequent years: B.Sc. (Hons.) 1992; B.Com. (Hons.), M.Tech. (1993); M.A. (Economics) (2001); M.Phil (2004).

Many academic reforms and innovations were adopted by the Institute right from its inception. It has a merit-based open admission policy enabling students from all over the country to seek
admission to various courses, irrespective of income, class, creed, religion or region, making it truly national in character. Education is provided to students free without any fees whatsoever, in sharp contrast to the rapid commercialisation of education elsewhere.

Sri Sathya Sai Integral Education
The Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has given the Institute its philosophy of integral education and has been inspiring and guiding the administrators, teachers and students of the Institute since its inception in the practice of this philosophy. According to Bhagavan, “One should have the head of Sankara, the heart of Buddha and the hands of Janaka”. An integrated personality is a harmonious synthesis of a discerning intellect, a compassionate heart and efficient hands; it is a beautiful combination of nobility and ability. Nobility without ability is useless to society and ability without nobility is dangerous to it. Spiritual education is the basis of integral education. This is what Bhagavan calls educare. Ultimately, all education should converge into educare.

Integral education aims at the all-round development of the human personality – the physical, the intellectual, the emotional and the spiritual. Acquisition of knowledge when supported by its proper utilisation leads to skill; the harmony of knowledge and skill leads to balance of mind which is the basis for spiritual insight. The surest sign of spiritual insight is the blossoming of true love in the heart, springing out of recognition of the oneness of all existence.

The university is a modern Gurukula combining the best of the past and the present. All the campuses of the Institute are wholly residential. The students reside in the hostels along with the Warden and a band of resident teachers carefully hand-picked by Bhagavan. Character moulding is a twenty-four hour endeavour and the Institute could not be otherwise. The key to success in community living in the hostels, which represent a mini-India, is understanding and adjustment. Mutual tolerance and courtesy, sacrifice and service to fellowmen, civic sense and social sensitivity – the blessings of community living under the watchful eyes of committed teachers are immense. The daily routine in the campus is designed with the guidance of Bhagavan and has multifarious activities to foster the development of integrated personalities.

Prayers before sunrise and at bedtime, before meals and at the commencement of classes in the Institute help the students to still their minds and periodically reconnect to the Divine who is the source of all succour and energy. Spiritual talks in the college and-hostel, the value-based Awareness Course, the spiritual study circle sessions and above all exposure to the divine influence of Bhagavan strengthen the moral and spiritual fibre in the student’s personality. Since 1990, a number of summer courses in Indian Culture and Spirituality were organised for the benefit of all students.

Physical culture is encouraged through participation in jogging, games, sports and yoga in the mornings. The objective of physical culture is physical fitness, though annual competitions are organised to spot and nurture sporting talent. The Annual Sports and Cultural Meet on 11th January is an important event in the academic calendar of the Institute and represents the expression of students’ love for Bhagavan manifesting in the form of breathtaking sporting feats and aesthetically delightful programmes, charming one and all.

While co-curricular activities in literature, music, dance, drama and other fine arts along with harmonious community living foster emotional balance and self-reliance in students, social service activities instil in them self-confidence, humility, dignity of labour and helpful nature apart from nurturing their talents. Service in the kitchen and dining hall, cooperative stores, dispensary, maintenance, audiovisual department, garden and myriad other areas is undertaken by the students under the guidance of their teachers. The annual Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva in the villages around Puttaparthi during Dasara celebrations and initiated by Bhagavan in 2000 is a great educational experience for the students and staff of the university.

The Crest-jewel of Higher Education
At the first Convocation of the Institute on 22nd November 1982, the late legal luminary Sri Nani Palkhiwala observed, “This Institute is a tribute to the great organising genius of its founder, Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Without His initiative and inspiration it would have been impossible to found an institution of this character. We are witnesses to a great event in the history of our country. This deemed university is a memorable experiment in the moral and spiritual regeneration of India. It stands for nothing less … This Institute aims at becoming a nation-builder.”

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India declared at the Institute’s Convocation in 2002, “The purpose of real education is to initiate a learning process that transforms students into good human beings with knowledge and value systems. Is value education possible? Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning has given an answer in the affirmative.”

In December 2002, the Peer Team of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), which is set up by the University Grants Commission to assess and accredit higher education institutions, visited the Institute and reported:

“The Peer Team puts on record its appreciation for providing the members of the Team the opportunity to spend time with the Institute faculty and the students so as to develop a thorough insight into the higher education process of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, particularly the integral higher education interwoven in the blueprint and design of higher education products. This made us realise that there is a way to correct our already degrading university education system in India, if we decide to do so.

The Peer Team feels that this Institute stands out as a crest-jewel among the university education system in the country and this model is worthy of emulation by the institutions of higher learning in the country and elsewhere, so that these benefits would be reaped fast and on the widest possible scale.”

NAAC granted accreditation at the A++ level to the Institute for five years in 2002-03 placing the Institute in the highest bracket of Indian universities (Ref).

I would like to conclude with the following experience of an alumnus of the Institute. He was facing a job interview and the Managing Director of the company, who was on the interview panel, enquired, “I understand that you are a student of Sai Baba’s college. I have heard that Sai Baba creates and gives rings, necklaces, etc., to his devotees. What has He given you?” Spontaneously, the boy replied, “Sir, I am a village boy. Today, this village boy is sitting and talking with so much confidence to the M.D. of one of India’s most prestigious research based companies. The confidence that you see in me is Sai Baba’s gift to me.”

Faith in oneself and faith in Divinity is truly the quintessence of education at the Lotus Feet of our Beloved Bhagavan.

sourced: Sanathana Sarathi pgs 384 to 389 November, 2005

IIT will be established at Muddenahalli, says Moily

IIT will be established at Muddenahalli, says Moily

Chickaballapur June 2: Union Minister for Law and Justice M. Veerappa Moily on Sunday said that an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) would be established at Muddenahalli on the outskirts of Chickaballapur.

Addressing a meeting of Congress workers here, Mr. Moily, who represents Chickaballapur in the Lok Sabha, said that he had discussed the matter with Union Human Resources Development Minister Kapil Sibal. Steps would be taken soon to set up an IIT at Muddenahalli, he said. During his election campaign, Mr. Moily had promised that he would strive to get an IIT established at Muddenahalli, the birthplace of the legendary engineer Sir M. Visvesvaraya. Muddenhalli is all set to occupy a prominent place in the country educational map. Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has also drawn up plans to set up Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology (VIAT) at Muddenahalli.

According to Higher Education Minister Arvind Limbavali, foundation stone for the VIAT would be laid this month at the 200-acre plot identified for the project. Besides facilitating advanced research in various branches of engineering and technology, the VIAT would offer degree and post-graduate courses.

Further, the Puttaparthi-headquartered Sri Sathya Sai University is also in the process of establishing its campus at Muddenahalli. Sathya Sai Baba, the Divine Chancellor of the deemed University, laid the foundation stone for the new campus at Muddenahalli in February this year.

Mangalorean Reference

27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University

27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University

Sri Sathya Sai University Convocation Today
Express News Service First Published : 22 Nov 2008 AM IST

ANANTAPUR: The 83rd birthday celebrations of Sri Satya Saibaba began at Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi on a colourful note. The convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University will be held at Sai Kulwant Hall tomorrow.

Former vice-chancellor G Venkataraman will attend the convocation.

Saibaba will present medals and certificates to the toppers at the convocation.

On November 23, Saibaba will give a darshan to his devotees at 7 am on the occasion of his birthday. A large number of devotees from various parts of the country and abroad had already arrived at Puttaparthi to participate in the birthday celebrations of Saibaba.

The police made elaborate security arrangements for the fete. Superintendent of Police MK Singh is personally overseeing the security arrangements at Puttaparthi for the fete.

A huge contingent of police force was deployed in Puttaparthi to thwart any untoward incident. District Collector V Anil Kumar also visited Puttaparthi and reviewed arrangements made for the fete. The RTC is running special buses to Puttaparthi for the convenience of devotees.

A temporary bus stand was set up in the town for the special buses. The Medical and Health Department has set up mobile teams to provide medicare to the visiting devotees in emergency.

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Chairman DK Audikesavulu Naidu is also in Puttaparthi to oversee arrangements for the fete.

Major Industries Minister J Geetha Reddy, Civil Supplies Minister Kasu Venkata Kr i shna Reddy and Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan will attend the celebrations. Reference

Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University – A Curtain Raiser

Hallowed Divine Presence of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and His Mission with a Vision for spiritual renaissance have grown into a worldwide phenomenon heralding the arrival of a new world order. This promised new world order has the tenet of five cardinal human values as its mission statement aiming at achieving global harmony through cultural and spiritual renaissance. And this tireless crusade, an epochal Mission Divine of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has been substantiated by His students whom He prefers to call future ambassadors.

Prasanthi Nilayam is warming up to celebrate the 83rd year of His Divine Advent and as a prelude to the D-Day comes the annual convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University. After a joyous ride for three festive days during the Sahasra Poorna Chandra Darshana Mahotsavam followed by a grand Ladies’ Day festivity, the focus of attention is on the 27th Annual Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai University to be held on 22nd November in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bhagawan, the Divine Chancellor will be inaugurating the Convocation which will be chaired by the Convocation Chief Guest, Dr. G. Venkataraman, former Vice Chancellor of the University and a scientist of repute, who will deliver the key-note Address.

Sri Sathya Sai University (formerly 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.

Several dignitaries including His Excellency President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (year 2002), His Excellency Vice President of India, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (year 2003) and others attended the Convocation as Chief Guests earlier. The Convocation will be followed by a Drama by the students of the University in the Divine Presence along with the Chief Guest in the Poornachandra Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. (Reference)