Sathya Sai Baba behind many philanthropic activities

Posted on April 26, 2011


Puttaparthi, April 24 : Apart from giving divine discourses, the late Sathya Sai Baba had been known for his philanthropic activities, including providing support to a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable institutions in over 166 countries.

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (now changed to Sri Sathya Sai University in Prashanthi Nilayam is the only college in India to have received an “A++” rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission).

Sri Sathya Sai University for which the seer himself was the Chancellor, has three campuses, one at Puttaparthi for men, one at Whitefield, Bangalore for men and one at Anantapur for women.

The Satya Sai Trust also supports an institute for Indian Classical Music called the Sri Sathya Sai Mirpuri College of Music.

The other educational institutions set up by the man regarded as the reincarnation of the Shirdi Sai Baba aim to impart character education along with excellence in academics with emphasis on human values and ethics.

Sathya Sai Baba also chaired the Muddenahalli-Sathya Sai Loka Seva School and Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Trust Educational Institutions in Muddenahalli-Kanivenarayanapura regions.

In addition, a Sathya Sai Baba University and Medical School as well as a world class hospital and research institute have been constructed on over 200 acres to serve the destitute population. On the orders of the godman, the campus has been modeled after Puttaparthi and will infuse spirituality with academics.

The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Puttaparthi is a 220 bed facility that provides free surgical and medical care. The super-specialty hospital was inaugurated by the then prime minister PV Narasimha Rao on November 22, 1991.

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in Bangalore is a 333 bed hospital meant to benefit the poor. The hospital was inaugurated on January 19, 2001 by the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The hospital has provided free medical care to over 2,50,000 patients.

The Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital was opened in Whitefield, Bangalore, in 1977 and provides complex surgeries, food and medicines free of cost. The hospital has treated over 2 million patients.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust runs several general hospitals, two specialty hospitals, eye hospitals and mobile dispensaries and conducts medical camps in rural and slum areas in India.

The Trust has also funded several major drinking water projects. One project completed in 1996 supplies water to 1.2 million people in about 750 villages in the drought-prone Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh.

The second drinking water project, completed in 2004, supplies water to Chennai through a rebuilt waterway named “Sathya Sai Ganga Canal”. Other completed water projects include the Medak District Project benefiting 450,000 people in 179 villages and the Mahabubnagar district project benefitting 350,000 people in 141 villages.

In January 2007, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust said it would start a drinking water project in Latur, Maharashtra.

In 2008, 2 million people in the state of Orissa were affected by floods. As a relief measure, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization built 699 houses as a part of their first phase in 16 villages by March 2009.

Sathya Sai Baba’s Educare program seeks to found schools throughout the world with the goal of educating children in the five human values.

According to the Sai Educare site, schools have been founded in 33 countries, including Australia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Peru.

The Times of Zambia wrote: “The positive influence of Sathya Sai is unprecedented in the annals of education in Zambia. Sai Baba’s education ideals as embodied in his human values-based approach in education are an eye opener to educationists in Zambia.”

In Canada, the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian research and educational organization, ranked the Sathya Sai School of Canada as one of the top 37 elementary schools in Ontario. The Sathya Sai School scored a perfect 10 out of 10 in the Institute’s overall rating for academic performance.

On November 23, 1999, the Department of Posts of the Government of India, released a postage stamp and a postal cover in recognition of the service rendered by Sathya Sai Baba in addressing the problem of providing safe drinking water to the rural masses.

On November 23, 2001, the digital radio network Radio Sai Global Harmony was launched through the World Space Organization, United States.

Dr Michael Oleinikof Nobel (distant relative to Alfred Nobel and one of the patrons for the radio network) said that the radio network would spread Sathya Sai Baba’s message of global harmony and peace.

In January 2007, an event was held in Chennai Nehru stadium organised by the Chennai Citizens Conclave to thank Sathya Sai Baba for the 200 crore water project which brought water from the River Krishna to Chennai city.