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Sri Sathya Sai Hostel at Prasanthi Nilayam was inaugurated by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Revered Founder Chancellor, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (Deemed to be University) on the auspicious Christmas Day - December 25, 1980. Students pursuing the Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral Research Programmes at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of the Institute stay in this Hostel along with the residential Hostel Faculty Members.
Described as, ‘A home away from home, where each lives for the other and all live for God’, Sri Sathya Sai Hostel is an integral and vital component of the Sri Sathya Sai System of Values-based Integral Education modelled on the ancient Indian Gurukula System of Education where the students lived in the Ashram of the Guru and would take care of the daily functioning of the Ashram. The Modern Gurukula System at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute has evolved the concept of ‘Self-Reliance Departments’ wherein students participate in different activities associated with the daily functioning of various hostel facilities. This cultivates in the students the virtues of responsibility, humility, commitment and dignity of labour.
The Sri Sathya Sai Students and Staff Welfare Society of the Sri Sathya Sai Hostel for Senior Students manages the affairs of the major Self-Reliance Departments of the Hostel. These include the Publications Division, the Multimedia Division, the General Stores, the Fruit Stall, the Computer Services Division, the Vehicle Services Division, the Telephone Services Division, and the Photocopying Services Division, among others. Each of these Divisions are managed by the resident teachers of the Hostel and manned by students of various Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses of the Institute. The Society aims at providing these services for the convenience of the residents of the Sri Sathya Sai Hostel at the Prasanthi Nilayam Campus of the Institute. The model of functioning is based on promoting self-reliance within the Hostel community by encouraging dignity of labour, innovation and creativity in day-to-day Hostel activities.