Teachers are reservoirs from which, through the process of education, students draw the elixir of life.
-Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba launched the SSSVV program on 23rd November, 2010 to meet the growing need for holistic education for all. This project harnesses technology to replicate on a national scale, the success of the model of integral education followed at the Sai schools and university in and around Prasanthi Nilayam, which combine values-based education with academic excellence. It aims to create a generation of well-qualified young men and women, with a burning desire to serve the motherland, a strong sense of responsible citizenship, integrity, and empathy for their brethren, apart from a spiritual outlook. The guiding principle of SSSVV is to make human values infused secular information available free to teachers and their pupils. Leveraging technology for remote access, the program calls upon the altruistic attitude of enthusiastic volunteers with education, training and technology backgrounds to achieve the dream of Integral Education for All, Integral Education by All
Equipped with a Master’s and M.Phil degree in Geography, Mrs. Suhasini Nagaraj has contributed immensely to education as a teacher in Chennai and later on as an author of text books for the Tamil Nadu Textbook Society. Mrs. Suhasini is currently associated with SSSVV as a much respected master trainer and content creator. As always, her recent online training sessions for Master Trainers and Teachers in Karnataka and Odisha have received rave reviews. Recently, she led the Content Standardisation team in its mammoth efforts to bring out the revised Processes, Guidelines and Templates, which would enable creating quality SSSVV content across boards. We salute this seasoned educator for the excellence and patience that she brings to training and content creation.
With a PhD in Psychology and a B.Ed, Dr. Chandra is experienced in handling students of different age groups. At SSSVV she has worked on both online/digital platforms as well as in the real classroom to impart Sai values at the grassroot levels. SSSVV is privileged to have such an experienced professional to train our rural teachers with much love and empathy. During the recent standardisation of the Content Processes, she single handedly created sample videos of effective presentation for each of the seven assets, which was a humongous effort. Her interactive training sessions, in class or online, are a treat for participating teachers.
A rank holder in B.A and M.A. from the University of Madras, Mrs. Akila Indurti also holds B.Ed & M.Phil degrees, while working towards her PhD in English. Since 2012, Mrs. Akila has been a valued member of the SSSVV as a master trainer, content creator and the main lead for the popular spoken English program for rural teachers - Phone Your Friend. Her indomitable spirit is an inspiration to her team of 250+ active volunteers around the world who coach another 250+ rural teachers to speak English with confidence. She also played a major role in putting together the revised language and value content guidelines during the recent Standardisation drill. SSSVV salutes her spirit of giving back to society through her active participation in various capacities in SSSVV.
Mr. P. Hariharan earned his Bachelor of Commerce from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. A Chartered Accountant by training, he currently works as a Director with Deloitte, Bangalore. He is the backbone and architect of various SSSVV technology initiatives, having been an integral member of the SSSVV Tech Team since the inception of the program. He has been instrumental in planning, design, coordination, management, building and training for the SSSVV Portal, Deployment App and Mobile App. Presently, he is working with the team to develop yet another Mobile App for a key SSSVV deliverable. Calm, humble and patient by nature, Mr. Hariharan is an excellent tech trainer who is ever ready to handhold rural teachers till they are comfortable in the use of SSSVV portal, deployment app and mobile app. Given his 360 degrees grasp of the program and multilingualism, he is an asset to the SSSVV team.
The very well qualified Saroja Krishnamurthy comes with an impeccable academic record and work experience. Having earned her B.Sc., M.A., B.Ed and MPhil in English Language and Literature, Mrs. Saroja Krishnamurthy’s career in the field of education spans over 25 years. She has been associated with SSSVV since its inception, as a master trainer and content creator, bringing a high level of professionalism and finesse to the delivery of the program geared at empowering rural teachers and this came through loud and clear once again during the recent online training sessions she conducted for Odisha, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu teams. SSSVV salutes Mrs. Krishnamurthy’s zeal for excellence in everything she does.
The versatile Mrs. Girija Shankeran holds an M.Sc in Mathematics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications from Karaikudi University. Since 2014, she has been an enthusiastic and active SSSVV volunteer, contributing to content creation, content review, club activities and training. She is passionate to serve the program by sharing her learning to empower rural teachers. SSSVV is grateful for the skill-set, sincerity and commitment that she brings and the ease with which she navigates between various teams. Her training sessions are effective and well received. SSSVV is honoured to have her onboard.
Mrs. Amudha holds a B.Com from South Gujarat University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education and 13 years of experience in the NGO sector. Currently, she is a freelance consultant for various NGO projects across India. At SSSVV, she contributes as a trainer and content reviewer. She has been actively contributing to the ongoing training season and the content completion marathon at SSSVV. Thanks to her amiability, she is easy to work with and valued as an asset to the team.
A member of the SSSVV Central team at Prasanthi Nilayam, Mrs. Deivanai Balasubramanian is a veteran educator who holds an M. Sc, M. Ed. She retired as a post graduate teacher from Tamil Nadu Government Service and has been associated with SSSVV since 2017. She is a determined volunteer who willingly embraced technology and got herself trained in the SSSVV online systems in order to contribute actively towards content creation and uploading. Currently she is the subject lead, Environmental Sciences for Karnataka teachers. Her open-mindedness to learn new skills, especially related to technology usage, combined with her decades of teaching experience as a Science teacher make her an astute content creator. SSSVV values Mrs. Deivanai Balasubramanian as a senior member of the team.
A Science veteran from Nasik, Maharashtra, Ms. Usha Raghavan has been involved completely in all aspects of SSSVV Content, donning more roles than one could imagine - as a trainer, content creator, reviewer, mentor and many more that called for her services in the rural schools. She is one of the key members who was involved In the recent upgradation of Standardization of content and had meticulously laid the latest standards for producing high quality SSSVV content. She is ever willing to jump into any state team and offer her services unconditionally. Her decades of experience and in-depth knowledge of Science make her a much sought after trainer, mentor and subject matter expert. She is truly a gem of a volunteer who serves with joy!
A Mathematics graduate, class of 1970, Mrs. Rama Ganapathy has extensive experience in Education in Human Values or EHV dating from the 1980’s. Actively involved in the field of values education, she has run classes and workshops in Mumbai, Oman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat. Since 2014, she has been an active SSSVV volunteer serving in a critical team, i.e. values integration in SSSVV lesson plans. The seamless integration of universal human values into the content is a fine art that she has mastered well. Apart from being a value asset creator, she is also a content reviewer and trainer. We salute her consistency to produce quality work.
Mrs. Yogini Suvarna has a B.Sc, B.Ed from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, M.Ed from the University of Mumbai and M.A (English Literature) from IGNOU. She currently works as a school Principal in Mumbai. Till 2017, Mrs. Yogini was an integral part of Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini, volunteering as a Content Creator, Trainer and Maharashtra State Coordinator. We welcome her back as she revives her engagement with the program as an online trainer and mentor for 2 Sai Schools in Odisha.
One of our full-time volunteers who eats, drinks, sleeps and dreams SSSVV, Dr. Srividya Sridhar wears many hats and she wears them all rather well! SSSVV's Content Lead, Creative Head for the Activity Based Learning, Arts & Crafts and the Central team’s Implementation Coordinator for Karnataka, Dr. Srividya Sridhar is committed to giving her best to each SSSVV vertical. In late 2019, when she was assigned Implementation Coordination for Karnataka, she began by consulting the SSSVV and the SSSSO state leadership to work out a plan which has contributed to achieving unprecedented milestones for SSSVV training and implementation in Karnataka Sai Schools. Her efforts led to the impeccable planning and execution of online training for master trainers and teachers throughout the Covid lockdown (since April 24 and currently ongoing till end of June).
Prof. Braja Mohan Otta is a sociologist and a retired Professor of Population Studies, FM University, Odisha. He had joined SSSVV Odisha as a trainer in 2015 and is currently the State Coordinator for the State of Odisha. In the recently concluded SSSVV Odisha Virtual Training, despite having health issues, he rose to the occasion coordinating, and guiding many activities behind the scene. It is an honour to have his expertise and knowledge in spearheading SSSVV Odisha’s plans of reaching out to a larger community.
A Science graduate from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning with a Diploma in Computer Applications, Bangalore based Mrs. Pramodhini Reddy is the SSSVV State Joint Coordinator for Karnataka. The past year has seen her step up the efforts to implement the program through her superb planning, organizing and coordination between various stakeholders. She has played a key role in the flawless execution of the recent and current online training programs for master trainers and teachers in the state. She takes her duties sincerely and delivers with a high degree of finesse. Gentle by nature, she is a people person who leads by example.
Mr. Gowtham Chetta is a commerce graduate and a practising Auditor with his own firm. An alumnus of the Balvikas program and a member of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations, Hindupur, he has been volunteering with SSSVV since 2011. Currently, he is the SSSVV Joint State Coordinator for Karnataka, and has driven the recent success of online training programs in the state. Humble and helpful by nature, he also serves as an IT Volunteer, School Relationship Coordinator and Training Coordinator for Karnataka. With his methodical planning and systematic approach, he brings great clarity and dynamism to the team.
A long standing devotee of Bhagawan having teaching experience of 35 years in various capacities, Prof. Mayadhar Satapathy is a retired Principal of IMIT, Cuttack and was a Director, Examination of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Odisha. Bringing with him a rich experience from the teaching arena, it was not a surprise when he became a State Coordinator of SSSVV, Odisha, a couple of years back. He is presently the Training Coordinator of SSSVV, Odisha, and has been one of the instruments in getting the Virtual Training rolling successfully in the State, during this tough season of COVID. Hats off to his tenacity and grit!
As a young and dynamic volunteer, Mr. Swarup Bedbak brings enthusiasm to the team. Besides being a Multimedia Reviewer, Mr. Swarup is the School Relationship Lead of SSSVV, in Odisha, guiding volunteers and teachers in the technical know-how of the interfaces available for delivering content through Mobile App, Deployment App and SSSVV Portal. A self-motivated person, Mr. Swarup goes an extra mile to serve, which was evident in the way he single handedly trained school principals and senior teachers of 8 SSSVV schools of Odisha on the nitty-gritties of webinar platform and helped them use it effectively during the recently concluded Virtual T3 sessions. SSSVV is proud of Mr. Swarup for his one pointed dedication to the program.
Mr. Suryanarayan Moharana is a versatile IT specialist with a good grasp of technology under his belt. He acts as a Multimedia reviewer and also is the Content Lead for SSSVV, Odisha. Mr. Surya has built a team of young volunteers to train participants for the Train The Trainer (T3) sessions and has managed the webinar platform of the training for a continuous 13 days, with a smile. Incidentally, it must be mentioned that he has trained the not-so-computer savvy participants to become comfortable with the gadgets and helped them join webinars effectively during the virtual T3 workshop in Odisha. SSSVV applauds the service of such enthusiastic volunteers who make the program successful.
An IT Volunteer from the state of Odisha (OD), Mr. Nabajyoti Prusty joins the ever-enthusiastic young brigade of SSSVV, OD, carrying the flame of youthfulness and positivity with him. During the recently concluded Train The Trainer (T3) virtual sessions for Odisha, Mr. Nabajyoti managed the webinar consoles adeptly and guided the Subject Specific Group (Science) participants by resolving tech related issues in a jiffy, without much ado. SSSVV appreciates Mr. Nabajyoti’s problem solving attitude.
An alumna from SSSIHL Anantapur Campus, Ms. Sanjana Marwah joined SSSVV as a Fellowship Scholar in the year 2017-18. Given her repository of experience as an SSSVV fellow, Ms. Sanjana is presently mentoring Odisha teachers in the Phone Your Friend program of SSSVV. Joining her peers in the young contingent of SSSVV volunteers, she rose to the call of duty during the virtual Train The Trainer workshop held at Odisha, moderating all the sessions and coordinating the Subject Specific Group (Mathematics) with utmost sincerity and efficiency. She proved to be an able and responsible anchor who moderated all the online training sessions for Odisha. Kudos to Ms. Sanjana for her commitment to this program.
Having joined SSSVV Odisha Team in 2015 as an IT Volunteer, Mr. Trilochan Samal also exhibited a great sense of leadership, efficiently managing all SSSVV related events in the state of Odisha. Simple and humble by nature, Mr. Trilochan handles issues with a smile. His ‘behind the scene’ contributions are noteworthy in the recently concluded Virtual Train During the online Trainer workshop in Odisha, he proved to be one of the most trusted, go-to persons who could resolve any tech related issue effortlessly, making the sessions easy and hassle free for the participants. Mr. Trilochan is a silent, yet an enviable asset to Team Odisha.
Mr. Shibaji Ranasingh is another agile worker in the highly energetic youth squad of SSSVV Odisha. He joined SSSVV in 2015 as a Multimedia Volunteer, creating catchy and aesthetically appealing presentations. In a much lesser known role, he had magnanimously worked as a designer across state in many publications of the SSSVV TN Newsletter showing indomitable commitment and the “joy of seva” to the fore, in all his works. Against such a silent background, it is, but, natural to loudly state that he efficiently coordinated the Subject Specific Group (Social Science) during the recently concluded virtual Train The Trainer workshop in Odisha. Bravo Mr Shibaji Ranasingh for your silent and strong support.
Mr. Bikash Kumar Mohanty joined SSSVV, Odisha in 2018 as an IT Volunteer, expanding the youthful battalion of SSSVV volunteers in the state. During the virtual Train the Trainer workshops held in Odisha, Mr. Bikash contributed significantly to getting all the pre-training arrangements in place; maintaining the minutes of the day’s proceedings efficiently and also actively participating as a Trainee-Mentor in the Math group. Volunteers like Mr. Bikash are hard to find and SSSVV is lucky to have him in its force.
As the SSSVV Tech team works on a new app in collaboration with a global IT giant, the young, dynamic and creative Aashrita Indurti has left the company impressed with her wireframe designs to communicate SSSVV’s vision for the app. Providentially, for the past two years, Aashrita had worked as User Experience Designer in the IT industry and leveraging on her professional background, she is currently devoting herself fulltime to ensuring the finest design elements and features for the new SSSVV App. Dedicated and patient beyond her years, Aashrita is the poster girl for SSSVV’s brigade of young volunteers. She brings promise and fresh vision to the team.
A former Assistant Professor of Management & Commerce, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Mrs. Vyshnavidevi Sangeethkumar joined SSSVV in 2011 as a subject translator. After taking a break in 2014, she resumed her volunteering with SSSVV in 2019. Since then, she is giving her all to our spoken English program Phone Your Friend (PYF). Mrs. Vyshnavidevi finds joy in connecting with people from different states. She is immensely grateful to Bhagawan for the opportunity to serve Him from wherever she is placed.
Mrs. Chitra Rao is an enthusiastic educator with 25 years of teaching experience in India and abroad. She is always ready to take up any task assigned to her. She loves participating as a coach in the Phone Your Friend program for helping rural teachers become conversant in English language. Chitra finds the teaching modules systematic and easy to go about. She is breezing through her duties with joy and satisfaction. Three cheers to Chitra Rao from team SSSVV.
Mrs. Latha Mohan is a 1985 B.Sc, B.Ed graduate from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Learning. Her SSSVV journey started in 2019 with the Phone Your Friend program (PYF), whereby she has to devote an hour a week to coach a rural teacher in honing her spoken English skills. According to Latha Mohan, the experience has been a highly rewarding service activity. Latha takes her duties sincerely and gives the task at hand her full attention. Her sincerity and commitment is a great asset to SSSVV’s PYF program.
Mrs. Ramapriya joined the SSSVV Phone Your Friend (PYF) program to help a rural teacher learn spoken English. She finds the initiative to be simple, yet effective and she is happy to contribute to it. The program requires her to devote an hour per week to run 3 classes of 20 minutes each over the phone. Mrs. Ramapriya finds it both challenging and thrilling as she proceeds with the lesson plans prescribed as it enables her mentee to learn a new language. SSSVV appreciates her persistence and enormity of heart to empower a rural teacher with the ability to speak a new language.