An educational institution must be able to instil confidence and an undying smile in every student. If you are confident, you can create wealth anywhere; if you have an undying smile, you are able to take up any challenge.
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Established in the year 2009 as a center for excellent education in India and envisioned by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the university offers a range of pivotal, unique and cutting-edge UG, PG and PhD programs. The university also offers short-term, diploma and certificate courses that seek to blend the ancient wisdom of the East and the best of Western Innovation.
The University imparts holistic and value-integrated education in order to develop visionary thinkers with social-consciousness to lead and precipitate inevitable changes, with a summative call for Learn, Lead and Serve. Sri Sri University strives on the mission to create centers of excellence in knowledge and research across the fields of study in order to equip students to achieve the highest levels of professional ability in a learning atmosphere that fosters human values to serve the needs of local national and global social, cultural and economic landscapes. Recently Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik have laid the foundation stone for an Ayurveda Hospital.
A place for Ideal Learning
The University offers value-based education in specialized areas of study including Management, Yoga, Sanskrit, Journalism, Osteopathy, Philosophy, Psychology, Good Governance, Architecture, Health and Wellness, Liberal Arts and Performing Arts. The curriculum at the university enriches both domain expertise and life skills, providing a unique social culture on the campus, which nurtures a rich learning environment and aids excellence in students through its virtually smoke-free, alcohol-free, drug-free and completely vegetarian setup. The Art of Living Programs in yoga and meditation are an integral part of the curriculum.
Located on a sprawling 188-acre campus between the smart city of Bhubaneshwar and the silver city of Cuttack, the scenic hilltop beside the bank of the tributary of river Mahanadi offers a calm and serene place with greenery for gaining knowledge and learning, away from the hustle-bustle of the city life.
The campus includes the admin block, the academic block, a well-equipped computer lab, a well-updated library, seminar halls, comfortable hostels, Vidya (skill training center) and a cafeteria. The campus also includes sports and recreational facilities including a basketball court and a gymnasium. The campus is Wi-Fi enabled, with 24*7 connectivity. SriSriU is also home to a unique concept called “SSU Innovation”, a center created by the University “to inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship among the students”, claims Prof.Ajay Kumar Singh, the VC of the university. He added to his statement saying – recently PoojyaGurudev has inaugurated a center on Climate Change and Sustainability Education and Practices which is established in association with Climate Reality Project (USA) India besides the Center for Indigenous Studies and the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution”.
The strength of the infrastructure of Sri Sri University stems from the core belief of providing an unparalleled opportunity for students to transform their learning experience. It is therefore that the creation of supporting infrastructure is one of the core factors that are meticulously developed to cater to the needs of both students and staff. “The campus spread over 188 acres of greenery, designed by renowned architects specialized in educational architecture, the university can be easily compared with any of the ancient universities like Nalanda and Takshila.” – stated Ms. Rajita Kulkarni, the president of the university, when the topic of how different is Sri Sri University, when compared to other universities in our country arose.
Teachers, Teaching and Research Atmosphere
The classrooms are both naturally ventilated and equipped with air-conditioned, spacious lecture halls and tutorial rooms, with both modern and traditional settings, considerately premeditated to endow with a high-quality learning ambiance. A sound teaching methodology complemented with multimedia technology enables the faculty members to hold interactive teaching sessions with students and make learning a unique experience. The university has well furnished, centrally air-conditioned with cubicle- designed faculty chambers for peaceful conduct on academic pursuits. The university also invites leading experts from reputed institutes and industries as guest faculty to train students and faculty in industry readiness and faculty-corporate engagement.
The President of SriSriU on the topic of teaching, quoted – “The University provides unprecedented learning opportunities for the students”. The university arranges lectures, seminars, workshops and practical. However, there is also an emphasis on independent and self-directed study. The university adopts a holistic combination of international and Indian teaching pedagogies to ensure all-round excellence devised by the experienced faculty.
On talking about the learning atmosphere and the teachers at SriSriU with the Dean of Faculty of Management Studies, the largest faculty in university, Dr. Subbarao, he stated – “TheUniversity strongly believes in grooming their faculty by organizing FDPs and MDPs”. He also added to his statement being CEO, SSU Innovation Pvt. Ltd., saying- “So far 28 startups have been successfully launched and 6 of our startups were patented. Some of the startups were supported by NASSCOM.”. The teachers are encouraged to visit the best B-schools of India and abroad for gaining experience in the best practices of teaching and delivering in the class. This provides mutual benefits to both students and faculty.
Milestones at SSU
- Odisha Inc. Award for Green Campus and Peace by a private magazine
- Global Power House of Peace by Non-Violence and Peace Foundation Geneva in 2018
- Indian Green Building Council Green Champion National Award in 2018
- Indian Education Excellence Award in 2018
- Best Boot Camp Startup Award by Govt of Odisha 2018
- Best University for Contribution in the Field of Culture, Higher Education and Spiritual Institution’ in 2018
- India’s Best University East India Region – India Education Excellence Award 2018
- Sri Sri University ranked 12 at the Indian level and 416 in the world in UI Green Metric Award 2019.
Ms. Rajita Kulkarni is a global leader, a humanitarian, an educationist, awriter, and a leadership coach. She has been a leader at the Art of Living Foundation’s several national and global initiatives.Her keen understanding of the education landscape of the world and her unique skill of bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders towards a common goal is taking the Sri Sri University team to build it as a global center of excellence.
Professor (Dr.) Ajay Kumar Singh, the Vice Chancellor of Sri Sri University, is a renowned business educator with more than three decades of teaching, research and academic administration experience. He has widely travelled around the world and has been invited to several international conferences and seminars. He is a widely published author, communicator and public intellectual.
Prof. (Dr.) P. Srinivas Subbarao is an award winning academic who is currently the Dean of Faculty of Management Studies and the CEO of SSU Innovation Pvt Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in teaching, research and academic administration. He is a LEAP and UKIERI fellow of Min. of HRD, Govt. of India.