Sri Sathya Sai Baba said, “Human Excellence is Total Selflessness.” Human excellence is all about living in perfect symphony with one’s inner divine nature of love. Drawing inspiration from Baba’s ideologies, Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai founded the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence, at Navanihal Village, Kamalapur Taluk in the Kalaburagi District of Karnataka, which got recognised as a Private University under the Karnataka Legislative Act 2018.

The motto of the University is yogaḥ karmasu kauśalam – perfection in action is yoga. Thus, the University strives to bring about individual, academic, institutional, faculty, research and more importantly spiritual excellence in all that it does.

The approach adopted by Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence is to bestow higher education on those students who are left behind in the economic ladder or are kept away from accessing good institutions of higher education due to physical distance, social norms or simply for reasons that compel young students to pursue employment after schooling.

In order to tackle all these issues in one go, the University’s vision is based on the maxim – ‘knowledge is free and grows upon sharing with more.’ Thus, this University gives completely free of cost, high quality values-based higher education up till Research, and is founded on spirituality, in the ancient Indian gurukulam residential set-up, with modern world-class infrastructure—all rolled into one.

The single most important feature of the University is to prepare youngsters who will serve in the rural geographies of the country. Girls and boys, after completion of their post graduate studies, joins back the group of public service institutions founded by Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai, in the fields of education (27 school campuses of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Gurukulam Group of Institutions), nutrition (Annapoorna Morning Nutrition Programme which serves 1.2 million children every morning) and healthcare (Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centres for Child Heart Care and Mother & Child Hospitals, Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Multi-Speciality Hospital).

The University is the only General University, which apart from imparting regular academic courses also offer full-fledged undergrad and postgrad courses in Performing Arts which includes music, dance and other art forms. Bachelor of Vedic and Spiritual Studies and Master of Vedic and Spiritual Studies are also offered.

The University embarked on a never-heard-before venture of bestowing medical education completely free of cost for rural youth who have the aptitude but not the affordability, and have a service bent of mind to serve as compassionate healthcare professionals in rural geographies. Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research was inaugurated by the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi on 25 March 2023, and will commence with its first batch of students this academic year 2023-24.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba once said, “A boy or girl who enters a Medical University or a Medical College, comes out as a doctor or a surgeon. A boy or girl who enters an Engineering University or an Institute of Technology, comes out as an engineer or as an architect. A boy or girl who enters a Law College, comes out as a lawyer. A boy or girl who enters the School of Economics, comes out as an economist. A boy or girl who enters a University for Veterinary Sciences, comes out as a veterinary doctor. A boy or girl who enters the Sri Sathya Sai University for Human Excellence will come out as Divine!”

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