Dr Mohan Ji Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will deliver the first convocation address of the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, a varsity in Karnataka that provides completely free of cost education to rural first-generation learners from economically downtrodden backgrounds, according to a statement here.
On behalf of the University, the RSS leader will also provide honorary doctorates to six eminent citizens, including nuclear physicist Dr R Chidambaram, who played a key role in India’s peaceful nuclear tests in 1974 and 1998; former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan; and cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar at the Muddenahalli campus of the Sathya Sai University, about 40 kilometres from Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru.
“It would be an honour for us to host Dr Mohan ji Bhagwat on July 13 for the first convocation at our campus. At the ceremony, he will award honorary doctorates to six eminent Indian citizens, who have played important roles in the fields of science, space, nuclear technology, music, sports and social development”, the Founder of the varsity, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, said in a statement.
The RSS leader will visit the Veda Gurukulam, a school on the campus that provides Vedic education, the statement by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai added. Dr Mohan ji Bhagwat will also visit the free super speciality hospital run by the Prashanthi Balamandira Trust (which has established the University) which is now geared up to grow in to India’s first free medical college under the University.
The varsity has chosen to honour eminent Indian nationals like Padma Vibhushan awardee Dr R Chidambaram, an eminent nuclear physicist who, among others, also held top positions at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (1990), the National Atomic Energy Commission and the International Atomic Energy Commission.
Eminent space scientist and former ISRO chief Dr K Kasturirangan, who played a key role in the development of geosynchronous satellite launches, and eminent cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, who continues to be globally recognised as one of world’s top cricketers and commentators, would also be awarded honorary doctorates, along with eminent musicologist and Padma awardee M Venkatesh Kumar, eminent environmentalist from Assam, Purnima Devi Barman, who mobilised 10,000 rural women and made them bio-diversity ambassadors in their region, and C Sreenivas for delivering free healthcare services to millions.
Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence is the higher education wing of the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Gurukulam Group of Institutions that is spread across 27 Campuses in 20 districts in Karnataka, one in Telangana and one in Tamil Nadu. The main aim of the Institution is to impart high quality, values-based education, on the foundation of the ancient Indian ideals.
The most noteworthy point is that almost half of the students graduating from this University are first generation literates! In order to impart the right kind of education that will prepare students who will dedicate their lives for the cause of nation building, the University offers completely free of cost education, including boarding and lodging, to the rural youth. Thus, this convocation is a celebration of not only education, but also of service.