SEMINAR OF VICE CHANCELLORS ON
VALUE EDUCATION AND ETHICS
Sitting with Bhagavan (from left to right) Justice Ranganath Mishra, Justice
Malimath, Sri S. V. Giri and Dr. G. Venkataraman.
SRI SATHYA SAI INSTITUTE of Higher Learning was requested
by the University Grants Commission to host its Golden Jubilee Seminar of Vice
Chancellors devoted to "Value Education and Ethics".The historic Seminar was
inaugurated by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Revered Chancellor of Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in the morning on Tuesday, October
28th with His Divine Discourse. The inaugural function was also addressed by
Dr. Arun Nigavekar, Chairman, University Grants Commission, Sri S.V. Giri,
Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL, Dr. G. Venkataraman, former Vice Chancellor, SSSIHL
and Justice Ranganath Mishra, former Chief Justice of India. Dr. Nigavekar'
expressed his gratitude to Bhagavan, and prayed for His blessings for the
success of the Seminar. He also stressed how SSSIHL which had the unique
distinction of actually putting into practice a value-oriented educational
system under His Divine guidance, was the most suitable venue for the Seminar.
His inaugural Divine Discourse, which gave the most appropriate direction to
the deliberations of the Seminar, Bhagavan declared that education without
values was not only useless but certainly dangerous. He
emphasised that Love was the basic ingredient of all
human values be it Dharma, Sathya, Santhi or Ahimsa. Love is God and God is
Love. Clearly, no system of values is meaningful unless it is God-centred.
Drawing a distinction between information, knowledge and wisdom Bhagavan
explained how the power of discrimination leads a student from one to another,
through a system of true education. Only such a system of education aiming at
character building would ensure a happy world. But today man had forgotten
that he had three layers of existence - mind, body and Atma (MBA). While most
are only conscious, some experienced conscience, and very few live in
consciousness. The Atma
indeed is consciousness.
It was indeed reassuring to hear Bhagavan's
declaration that spiritual knowledge and self-transformation were within
everyone's reach. Education must inspire students to enquire "Who Am I?" This
was the key to everything else. With these inspiring words, Bhagavan blessed
the deliberations of the Seminar.
The Seminar was attended by 25 Vice Chancellors from
reputed universities across the country from Himachal Pradesh in the north to
Kerala in the south and from Orissa in the east to Maharashtra in the west.
The variety of universities they represented was quite rich in many ways.
Women's universities, agricultural universities, deemed universities (State
and Central universities), and open universities were all represented at the
In addition to the inaugural and the valedictory
functions, the deliberations of the Seminar were spread over several sessions
devoted to policy framework and an operational model; integral approach to
education and educational philosophy; science, technology and value
inculcation; service orientation and responsible citizenship; management
education and value orientation; and the basic role of teacher education.
The afternoon programmes
on the first two days held in Sai Kulwant Hall in the Divine Presence of
Bhagavan Baba consisted of recapitulation of the day's proceedings in the
Business Sessions, followed by presentations by the students of SSSIHL These
presentations showed how inculcation of values formed an essential ingredient
of the Institute's educational process. On the first day, three students Sri
Deepak Anand, Sri Sanjay Mahalingam and Sri Jaipreet S.
Bhandari led by one young faculty member Sri Srinivas
Srirangarajan made a marvellous presentation of the purpose, modus operand!
and spiritual dimensions of the "Grama Seva" programme involving teachers and
students of all the three campuses. On the second day, five students of the
Institute Sri Shashank Shah, Sri Y. Sriranganatha Raju, Sri V. Jagannandan,
Sri S. Jagadish Chandra and Kum. Deepti Bhagia spoke in English, Sanskrit,
Telugu and Hindi.The loftiness of the thoughts, lucidity of expression and the
emotional touch of the feelings flowing from their hearts held the entire
audience in rapture and total admiration. The students outlined what they were
learning at the Institute to enrich their lives and how this type of education
would make them better citizens of tomorrow in the service of the country and
On the third afternoon (on 30th October), Prof. V.S.
Prasad, Director NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) and two
of the Vice Chancellors Prof. K. Sudha Rao and Prof. N. Jayasankaran expressed
their sense of fulfilment on visiting Prasanthi Nilayam and how much they had
learnt about true education during their three-day stay in the Divine Presence
of Bhagavan. Afternoon functions in Sai Kulwant Hall started with
soul-stirring vibrations of exquisite Veda chanting on all days.
The Vice Chancellors were of the unanimous view that Sri
Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning should be recognised as the National
Centre of Excellence for Value Education and, in a step-by-step process, the
success story of Integral Education of the Institute should be disseminated
for wider adoption in the country's Higher Education system.
SOURCED: SANATHANA SARATHI NOVEMBER 2003 EDITION
PG NOS 351-352