At a glance
Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment of women. Especially in the third world economies, the deprivation and ostracization that women and girl children suffer is a major reason for socio-economic under-development. In a society like India, this discrimination is even more pronounced.
Offering basic education is one sure way of empowering women and making them equal stakeholders in life. An educated woman has the skills, information and self-confidence that she needs, in order to be a better parent, worker, citizen and role model. In the words of Aung San Suu Kyi, the education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all
This is the underlying philosophy behind Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Niketanam Junior College for Women. A veritable labour of love that has been scripted by Divine Will and strung together by Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust and Sai Seva Sangh, two organizations that have dedicated themselves to the cause of education and empowerment of the needy and the underprivileged.
Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust is a public charitable trust that was established in 1981, in the serene landscapes of Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Inspired by the teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust has spread His message of Love All, Serve All by rendering selfless service to the needy and underprivileged with a unique blend of spirituality and secularism. A seed then sown by men and women of great virtuosity and brilliance but with limited means, has today blossomed and spread far and wide. Today, as part of the Educare mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust has changed the lives of many families through 30 such free educational institutions in 15 campuses spread over 9 districts of Karnataka and providing free education to more than 5,000 students from rural background.
The Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Niketanam Junior College for Women in Kondapaka village of Siddipet district is the first institution of the Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust set up in Telangana.
Read more about Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust here.
In 1988, a few alumnae of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Anantapur campus in Andhra Pradesh, inspired by Bhagawan’s teachings started hygiene and sanitation classes for women and their children in a slum area of Moosapet in Hyderabad under the aegis of the Sai Seva Sangh. Gradually, this paved way for a school for these children, who till then had been wasting their lives in idle pursuits and were increasingly getting drawn to bad habits. With Swami’s blessings, the untiring efforts finally bore fruit when a school, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, was established in 1994. Today, the school provides quality education till Std X for poor and destitute girl children. Beside academics, the focus is on creating individuals of character through a holistic values-based education, delivered completely free of cost. In addition to the school, the Sai Seva Sangh today, also manages an orphanage and an old age home. Read more about Sai Seva Sangh here