History & Timeline
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1970s

Early 1950s Sri Sathya Sai Baba, at age 25, mentions that there will be a University in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh (a hamlet with a population of less than 100) in the future
22 July 1968 Sri Sathya Sai Arts and Science College for Women at Anantapur is inaugurated
9 June 1969 Sri Sathya Sai Arts, Science and Commerce College for Men at Kadugodi, Whitefield, Bangalore is inaugurated
7 November 1969 The foundation stone for the new building of Sri Sathya Sai Arts and Science College for Women, Anantapur, is laid
8 July 1971 The new building of the Sri Sathya Sai Arts and Science College for Women, Anantapur is inaugurated
May 1972 The first Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality organised at Whitefield, Bangalore
19 May 1978 Sri Sathya Sai Arts, Science and Commerce College, Brindavan – College building and Library is inaugurated
28 October 1978 Govt. of Andhra Pradesh sanctions a degree college in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh
21 November 1978 Foundation stones for the College, Auditorium and Hostel buildings at Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi are laid
1 July 1979 Sri Sathya Sai College at Prasanthi Nilayam is inaugurated

1980s

18 November 1980 Main College building of Sri Sathya Sai College at Prasanthi Nilayam is inaugurated
25 December 1980 Inauguration of the Hostel building at the Prasanthi Nilayam
31 October 1981 Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Public Charitable Trust) is established
10 November 1981 Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning is declared as a Deemed to be University, under Sec. 3 of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956
22 November 1981 Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL), Deemed to be University is established
1 June 1982 Five year Integrated Programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biosciences and Commerce from B.Sc. to M.Sc., B.Com. to M.Com. are introduced
October 1982 Sri Sathya Sai Arts, Science and Commerce College, Brindavan becomes part of SSSIHL
22 November 1982 Administrative Building of SSSIHL is inaugurated
1 June 1984 Ph.D. Programmes are introduced for all Postgraduate departments
22 November 1985 Sri Sathya Sai Central Library at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus and Sri Sathya Sai Space Theatre, a modern Planetarium are inaugurated
July 1986 Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Revered Chancellor, announces free education for all students. This includes waiver of all fees, like tuition fees, examination fees, laboratory fees, library fees, sports fees, medical fees, etc.
August 1986 The Faculty of Business Management & the Department of Education are set up at SSSIHL
June 1988 Sri Sathya Sai Centre for Computer Sciences is established at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus

1990s

Summer 1990 The first Summer Course in ‘Indian Culture and Spirituality’ is held for the students of SSSIHL
1991 – 1993 This period sees the expansion and introduction of both Undergraduate & Postgraduate courses across all campuses, including: Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Biosciences, Botany, Zoology, Computer Science, Fiber Optics and Digital Image Processing
June 1993 All the B.Sc. Programmes are upgraded to B.Sc. (Hons.) Programmes. The B.Com. Programme is also upgraded to B.Com. (Hons.) Programme.
M.Tech. (Computer Science) Programme in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science and M.Tech. (Applied Optics) Programme in the Department of Physics are introduced
30 December 1997 Sri Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium is enhanced with the inauguration of an international standard cricket facility. Sri Sathya Sai Unity Cup, a one-day cricket match between India XI and the rest of the World XI is played

2000s

31 October 2000 ‘Sri Sathya Sai Grama Seva’ programme is launched by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This rural service activity is an annual event in the University Calendar, where the staff and students of the University and allied educational institutions, distribute food, laddus and new clothes as prasadam to each and every house, in all the nearby villages
June 2001 The M.A. (Economics) Programme is introduced
23 April 2003 The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grants the accreditation of A++ level to the Institute. This places SSSIHL in the top grade of Indian Universities
28-30 October 2003 A Golden Jubilee seminar of Vice-Chancellors on the theme ‘Values Education and Ethics’ is hosted by SSSIHL at the request of the UGC
November 2004 M.Phil. Programmes are introduced for all Postgraduate departments
17-18 August 2005 “Education for the 21st Century: Education to Educare” conference held at SSSIHL as part of 80th Birthday celebrations of its Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
26 August 2006 State of the art Multimedia Learning Centres (which connect all the campuses via video conferencing facilities) are established at the Prasanthi Nilayam and Brindavan campuses. Additionally, a new Humanities building is inaugurated at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus. This marks the 25th Anniversary of SSSIHL
14 February 2009 Foundation of SSSIHL Muddenahalli Campus is laid
June 2009 M.Sc. Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Programmes are introduced in the Department of Physics
4 June 2009 A Multimedia Learning Centre is inaugurated at the Anantapur Campus (enabling concurrent video conferencing between all campuses). A fully-equipped, 50-seater modern English Language lab is also inaugurated
28-29 August 2009 A national conference on “Ethics and World of Finance” is held at Prasanthi Nilayam. Leading personalities from the finance industry, including Governor, Reserve Bank of India, and 30 CEOs of leading global banks attend

2010s

22 November 2010 29th Convocation of the University coincides with the 85th Birthday celebrations of the Revered Chancellor
8 January 2011 SSSIHL is granted re-accreditation with ‘A’ Grade and a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.625 on a scale of 4.00 by the NAAC. Thus, the University continues to be in the top bracket of Indian Universities
22 May 2011 Inauguration of the campus building at Muddenahalli
27 May 2011 Inauguration of the second extension building at Anantapur Campus
10-12 June 2011 A Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality - which serves as an orientation programme for newly admitted students - was conducted with the blessings of the Revered Founder Chancellor, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. All Students of the university participated. This programme, the first of its kind in this format, will be an annual event at the start of each academic year
 22 November 2011 The 30th annual Convocation marks 30 years of SSSIHL
1 June 2012 Classes commence at the fourth campus of SSSIHL at Muddenahalli.
The Department of Commerce introduces a 2-year integrated Programme, Master of Financial Management.
1 June 2013 M.Tech. in Nuclear Medicine is introduced in the Department of Physics
M.Tech. in Analytical Methods & Chemical Instrumentation is introduced in the Department of Chemistry
Master of Education (M.Ed.) is introduced in the Department of Education
12 March 2014 Inauguration of the Annexe at Prasanthi Nilayam Campus
The real sign of an educated person is his attitude of sameness towards all. He sees in society the manifestation of divinity. Every student should observe the three principles of equality, unity and cooperation. Education has to aim at ensuring peace and stability in each country by continuous precept and practice of the basic unity.
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba 
Revered Founder Chancellor
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