Sri Sri UniversityThe Making
In 2006, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, Founder, Art of Living, decided to address the need for a world-class university in India that inculcated the ancient spiritual values along with modern technology, ideas and learning methods.
In keeping with his vision, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed later that year between the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust (SSRVM) and the Government of Odisha in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji and Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha.
In 2007 the SSRVM Trust led by Yezdi Batliwala applied for 185.97 acres of land comprising three villages across Bidydharpur, Arilo and Govindpur.
In 2008, the foundation stone for the University was laid by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji along with Shri Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha.
In 2009, The Odisha Legislative Assembly passed the Sri Sri University Bill, gazetted on the same day to become the Sri Sri University Act.
In 2011, Dr.Kailash Chandra Mishra, Former Director and Area Chairperson, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management; National Insurance Academy, ASCI and S.P. Jain Institute of Management took over as the first Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sri University.
In 2012, the University was listed by UGC for Compliance of the UGC Regulations 2003 (published on 2nd January 2004). The University also received its approval letter from AICTE.
Later that year, Sri Sri University held the commencement day ceremony for its first MBA batch with three streams of management: General Management, Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness. The first batch of the Faculty of Performing Arts was also inaugurated.
The ‘Global Leadership Series’ was initiated with the objective of reaching out to globally relevant leaders as well as encouraging spot learning among students. The series has featured Former Cabinet Minister, Subramanian Swamy; M.S.Rangaraj, Chief Innovation Officer, Microland; Satya Narayan Bansal, CEO, Barclays Wealth Management India; Krishna Chandra Mishra, Founder, EKutir Rural Management Services; Sanjiv Sarin, Regional President, TATA Global Beverages, Ltd and Jaideep Nath, COO, Egon Zehnder.
In 2013, the students of Sri Sri University held their first seminar, ‘Growth Without Tears’.
The University welcomed its third batch of MBA students.
The University commenced its Faculty of Yoga and Naturopathy and Faculty of Performing Arts with the first batch of students for its BA(Yoga), MA(Yoga) Programs and Bachelor of Performing Arts(Odissi) programs.
The University celebrated its first convocation, for its charter batch of MBA students (2012-14) in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, Founder and Lifetime President, Sri Sri University and Shri Navin Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha.
The University also commenced its MA Program in Good Governance and Public Policy (Faculty of Good Governance).
The University is all set to begin nine new programs, including three Bachelor’s programs in architecture, commerce and music; two Master’s programs in Ostepathy (health and wellness) and management; three special programs in education, Craniosacral Therapy (health and wellness) as well as its doctoral program.