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Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) is a young health sciences Deemed to be University that is deeply rooted in rich ethos, as linked to academics, patient care, evidence based research and extension activities. Situated amidst sylvan surroundings at Puducherry, a hub of rich and diverse cultural heritage, SBV strives to excel in all the above mentioned frontiers.

Puducherry is a Union Territory in India and the name is derived from the Tamil word denoting New Town. The constituent territories of Puducherry comprise the town of Pondicherry, Karaikal, Yanam and Mahe. The Official languages are Tamil and English, besides Malayalam as spoken in Mahe, Telugu as spoken in Yanam. Arikamedu is an archaeological marvel situated at Ariyankuppam commune, Pondicherry. Comprehensive details are now available based on archaeological assessment and it is believed that significant civilization had taken place as early as late 1st century BCE to the 1st and 2nd Centuries CE.

SBV is established as a Deemed to be University, under section 3 of UGC Act 1956 by the then Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India Vide notification No. F.9 -53/2005 –U.3 dated 4th August 2008. SBV is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with A Grade   {CGPA of 3.11 on a 4 point scale}. SBV is ranked among the top 100 Universities by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF ).

The Main Campus of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) is located at Pondicherry and the Off-Campus is located at Ammapettai, Nellikuppam Post, Chengalpattu district, Tamil Nadu. The Off-campus comprises Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Shri Sathya Sai College of Nursing and Faculty of Allied Health Sciences.

SBV has the following constituent colleges and designated centres under its ambit:-

a) Constituent Colleges

Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMCRI), Pondicherry.
Shri Sathya Sai Medical College & Research Institute (SSSMCRI), Nellikuppam post, Chengalpattu district.
Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences (IGIDS), Pondicherry
Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College(KGNC), Pondicherry
Shri Sathya Sai College of Nursing(SSSCON), Nellikuppam post, Chengalpattu district.
School of Pharmacy (SOP)
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences (FAHS)

b) Designated Centres

Central Interdisciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF)
Centre for Music Therapy Education and Research (CMTER)
Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER)
Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE)
Medical Simulation Centre (MSC)

Presently, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth offers 91 academic programs that include 22 UG programs, 40 PG programs, 2 M.Phil programs, 5 PG diploma programs, 4 DM / M. Ch programs, 14 Fellowship programs, and Ph.D. programs in 4  faculties across all disciplines. All programs are approved by the statutory bodies and the University Grants Commission, as applicable. Students on roll are 4196 who are effectively guided by 518 Full-time teachers.
The characteristic features of  SBV include the 
1. Competency-based education for the development of competent and compassionate health care professionals.
2. Holistic healthcare for not just curing diseases, but for spreading wellness (Salutogenesis) to one and all.
3. Gender care team and clinic to provide health care and other support for the Transgender community. 
4. Exclusive centers for yoga and music therapy, that unify the conventional wisdom of the country with modern medicine, for patient care, education, and research.


SBV Invocation

SBV Invocation is a pioneering effort to spread the word that institutes of higher education should depict secularism in letter, spirit and definitive action by starting everyday afresh with SBV invocation, sans religious content. The rendition of the secular chant on “Education” is set to the melody or rAg kEdAr, a musical mode in the Hindustani idiom of Indian music whose equivalent in the Carnatic style of Music is hameerkalyAni. The composition is tuned to music by Prof. Sumathy Sundar, Director, Center for Music Therapy Education and Research, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth and at the behest of the former Vice–Chancellor Prof. K.R. Sethuraman. The SBV invocation also carries in itself the meaning of the Sanskrit rendition, in English.  The lyrics in musical Sanskrit capture the basic tenets and values of higher education in a capsule form. This model could be embraced by all the other institutes of higher education, as it is a secular invocation using Indian traditional chants on “Education” but in an eclectic manner. The vocalists featured in this musical recording are Dr. Sumathy Sundar, Ms.Bhuvaneswari Ramesh, Ms. Kala Varadan, Ms. Karthika Vaidyanathan,  Ms. Prashanthi Rajan, Mr.Vishwesh Swaminathan and  Mr.PL  Harikrishnan . Mr. S. Rajaram on the Flute and Ms. Surya Kamalakannan on the keyboard have embellished the efforts of the vocalists.


SBV logo

The characteristics of a good logo are :

  • Simple and facile in depiction
  • Scalable
  • Memorable / Impactful
  • Versatile, in terms of the tenets that it conveys
  • Relevant to the ethos and in compliance with the vision and mission statement

The logo of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is unique in the sense that it portrays the essence of three tenet -oriented frontiers  associated with any Higher education  institution (HEI) in Health Sciences, namely Academics, Patient Care and Research. These are inherently embedded in the logo.

Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) firmly believes that for holistic growth, spirituality assumes great relevance, sans reference to any particular religion.  SBV extols the famous quote “Create a life that feels good on the inside, not just one that looks good on the outside” Another quote governs the tenet of SBV. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience”.

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty and of learning” says one more quote. SBV wants to embrace it into its folds both in letter and action. Healthcare, as per the initiatives of Govt. of India calls for a great contribution from the Private Sector. Since the last decade, most of the healthcare capacity that has been acceded into the armamentarium has been in the frontiers of private sector, or in partnership with the private sector. The private sector accounts for nearly 60% of the hospitals in the country, nearly 30% beds in the hospitals, and nearly 80% of clinicians. SBV has taken cognizance of this fact and has firmly embedded this major attribute into its logo, namely healthcare.

Holistic welfare calls for the welfare of the body, mind and spiritual aspects contained in an individual. At SBV, this has been addressed effectively. Fortifying the conventional modes of delivery in academics, patient care and research by the value added additions in complimentary medicine, namely music medicine/ therapy and yoga medicine/ therapy signify this important initiative, namely welfare for all pointing to holistic well being.

Diligence denotes work that is carried out in a systematic, consistent, objective, persistent manner towards a chosen goal. Citing the famous quote “ Diligence is the mother of good luck” SBV has allowed its students and faculty to imbibe this into their system so that the goals and ambitions of the deemed university are realized in a manner that would reflect the ethos of higher education institutions, in general and health sciences universities, in particular.

Research and knowledge coexist, for knowledge in the realms of a  health sciences Higher education institution has to be constantly updated and this endeavour would be facilitated by Research. Research at SBV is propelled in different strata-but all holistically aimed towards evidence based research. The strata include research at UG, PG, M.Phil., Ph.D., Super specialty and faculty levels.

The three tenets of a health sciences, viz., academics, patient care and research congregate in order to herald and signify the motto of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth.