APPOINTMENT CEREMONY OF 10th VICE-CHANCELLOR OF SSSIHL, PRASANTHINILAYAM
Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning reports
Professor K B R Varma assumed office as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed to be University) at a ceremony held at the auditorium of the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) at 2 p.m. on 23 November 2014, in the Divine presence. He succeeds Prof. J Shashidhara Prasad.
Prof. Varma was Professor and Chairman, The Materials Research Centre (MRC) at the Indian Institute of Science until his appointment at SSSIHL. He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Madras University, Chennai, India in 1981. He was a postdoctoral researcher with the Dept. of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He then joined the Indian Institute of Science. His research interests include dielectrics, ferroelectrics, non-linear optics and electro-optics with a focus on functional ceramics, glass nanocrystal composites, single crystals.
The ceremony was attended by the Honourable Chancellor of SSSIHL, Justice M N Venkatachaliah, members of the Board of Trustees, SSSIHL (Public Charitable Trust) and Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, and the Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Deans, Heads of Departments, teachers, administrative staff, research scholars and students of the university.
Following invocatory vedam chanting, the ceremony commenced with the Registrar, SSSIHL welcoming and introducing Prof. Verma to the gathering. This was followed by introductory remarks by Sri S S Naganand, member, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.
The Honourable Chancellor of SSSIHL, Justice M N Venkatachaliah then reiterated the basis of Bhagawan Baba’s education philosophy. He gave examples of how science is useless—and even dangerous—without the foundation of morality. He spoke on the triad of Intellectual, Character and Vaues and Spirituality and the necessity of their interconnectedness for the survival and progress of humanity.
The Vice-Chancellor, in his speech, acknowledged the high standards of the university’s Annual Convocation, held the previous day and how it represented the unique ambience of SSSIHL. He said that the students and teachers here are like magnets, always imbued with energy. He expressed his desire to serve SSSIHL with full capacity and dedication and deemed it a blessing to be chosen as the next Vice-Chancellor.
The last speaker, Sri Sanjay Sahni, Director, Brindavan Campus said that SSSIHL is a manifestation of Bhagawan’s vision that high quality academics and character development of students must go hand-in-hand. The Indian Institute of Science was similarly born as a fruition of the vision of Swami Vivekananda and the effort of Sri Jamshedji Tata. Responding to the Vice-Chancellor’s statement that he was new to this system, Sri Sahni gave an analogy of how Bhagawan Baba responded to a student when he felt similarly, saying: No one is new here, we are all old friends, as our association is over many lifetimes.
The event came to a close with Mangala Aarati and prasadam distribution.