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
Professor V. Sakunthala is the Head & Chair, Board of Studies, Dept. of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, at Tirupathi’s SV University. A dedicated SSSSO member, she has served the Sai mission in many leadership roles. An alumna of the SSSIHL, Dr Sakunthala serves SSSVV by coordinating with the AP State Team’s Bal Vikas gurus to improve their English language proficiency through the PYF program. Within 5 months, 7 districts’ BV gurus have been successfully enrolled in the SSSVV PYF program. We salute Prof. Sakunthala’s silent and skillful leadership.
Ms K. Sai Aruna of Vijayawada, AP is an alumna of the SSSIHL. With M.A, B. Ed., this high school teacher has been associated with the Sai mission in various leadership roles at samithi, district and state levels of SSSSO. In 2020 she joined SSSVV as a Resource person building the team of mentors for the Phone-Your-Friend (PYF) program for Bal Vikas gurus of AP. She also coordinates volunteer pooling for the AP content creators team. SSSVV salutes Aruna’s efficiency, discipline and humility.
Dr. Sandhya Sri Kasturi of Hyderabad is SSSVV’s PYF lead for AP. Apart from M.A, M.Phil, B.Ed, (Ph. D) Sociology, Praveen (Hindi BA), Diploma in Office Management, she has 25 years of high school teaching experience. At SSSSO & SSSVV Sandhya Sri has participated in most verticals. In her current role as the PYF Lead, she has brought great dynamism to the AP team with her efforts to engage with two sets of learners – the teachers of the 5 Sai Schools of AP and the Bal Vikas gurus of SSSSO AP. Bravo Sandhya!
Vasanta Brahmandam of Bengaluru, BA, B.Ed. was formerly a high school teacher in Mumbai. She has also been active in teaching SSE in the USA and Bal Vikas in India. Currently she volunteers full-time for SSSVV from home, contributing to numerous teams including Content, Training, Telugu Translations, Value Content and more. She also serves as a virtual teacher trainer for Karnataka, Gujarat and AP. Her decade long association with SSSVV gives her immense satisfaction and inspiration. We are grateful for Vasanta’s presence on the team.
Bangalore based Sowmya Shivaji Rao, B.E. Telecommunication has 12+ years of experience in the global IT industry. She is a reliable contributor to SSSVV’s Content and Training verticals, having joined SSSVV team in April 2020 with the Karnataka Train the Trainers (T3) program. She has also participated in the Teachers’ Training (T2) for KA, Gujarat and AP and she contributes as a content & multimedia editor. More recently, she has played a vital role in file conversion of PPTs to HTML before uploading SSSVV digital content to the Hon. PM’s Vidya Daan project for publishing on diksha.gov.in