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22nd Convocation of SSSIHL


Chief Guest of the Convocation, Sri Bhairon Singh Shekawat, Vice President of India with the Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Expressing deep appreciation of the spiritual ambience of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of. Higher Learning, Sri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Vice President of India and the Chief Guest of the 22nd Convocation of the Institute remarked, This campus has a unique serenity and sublimity of atmosphere. It is not just that your buildings and gardens are beautiful, which they undoubtedly are. It is not just that the climate is pleasant, which it surely is. But beyond all this, there is a certain intangible quality about the atmosphere of this place. There is a refinement and a soothing power about your campus. Every teacher and student, every administrator and worker here seem to know intuitively that this Institute of Higher Learning is also a centre of Higher Behaviour and a seat of Higher Understanding."

Sri Shekhawat was delivering the Convocation Address at the 22nd Convocation of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning held in beautifully decorated and glittering Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam on 22nd November 2003. Commending the integral system of education of the Institute, Sri Shekhawat said, "Your Institute is known for imparting integral education. Welfare of the poor and the downtrodden through several humanitarian projects is the running theme of this Institute which shapes the outlook of the students and forms a part of their mental make-up; they are trained to think in terms of giving more to society than to take from it. Gandhiji's noble advice when he said, 'The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others', convincingly reverberates in the ethos of this Institute.' 

THE CEREMONIAL PROCESSION was led from Poornachandra Auditorium to Sai Kulwant Hall by the brass band of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. At the head of the procession were the Chief Guest, Sri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Revered Chancellor of the Institute, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba and Vice Chancellor of the Institute, Sri S.V. Giri. The procession received a rousing welcome by the students and devotees when it entered the glittering Sai Kulwant Hall at 3.10p.m.

The Vice Chancellor, Sri Giri garlanded the Chief Guest after the procession reached the dais. The Convocation was then declared open by the Revered Chancellor, Bhagavan Baba on the request of the Vice Chancellor after invocatory Vedic chants by the Institute students.

Vice Chancellor's Introductory Speech

In his introductory speech, the Vice Chancellor of the Institute, Sri S.V. Giri extended a warm welcome to the gathering on this auspicious occasion of the 22nd Convocation of the Institute. He had a special word of welcome for the Chief Guest of the function Sri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, the Vice President of India.

Sri Giri elaborated how the integral education being imparted to the students of this Institute had helped them to develop Samanvaya - a harmoniously balanced outlook and insight. Commenting on the academic excellence achieved by the Institute, Sri Giri informed the august gathering that the Peer Team of the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Committee) which visited this Institute awarded A++ grade to the Institute in the university system. The Team said: "The Peer Team