Last updated on 25th August 2015
[The contents below are from a Facebook post of mine, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1653900528159851, suitably modified for this blog.]
As Mr. V.R. Ganti's Note, GENESIS - MHALLI SAGA - PART 7 - ROLE OF EX-VC - PROF SHASHIDHAR PRASAD, https://www.facebook.com/notes/vr-ganti/genesis-mhalli-saga-part-7-role-of-ex-vc-prof-shashidhar-prasad/10204968349113108, explains very well, the Sai university (Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning - SSSIHL) came under the sway of Mr. B.N. Narasimhamurthy after Swami's Mahasamadhi till Nov. 2014, as its then vice-chancellor Prof. Shashidhar Prasad became a committed believer & follower of Mr. Narasimhamurthy's Swami dream instructions & so called Muddenahalli subtle body belief.
Many dedicated and long-term faculty in SSSIHL got marginalized during tenure of Prof. Shashidhar Prasad (who stepped down as VC in Nov. 2014) and many quit. In particular, Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju, perhaps the most well known speaker on Swami teachings in the world today, was horribly mistreated and forced to resign from SSSIHL due to Prof. Kamaraju openly opposing Mr. Narasimhamurthy's dream instructions and so called subtle body belief propagation and fund collection activities.
Now SSSIHL has a different VC (from Nov. 23rd 2014) who, I believe, is a very reputed science academic from the very prestigious science research institution, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. But his exposure to Sathya Sai teachings and spirituality in general seems to be limited.
How can SSSIHL reverse the damage done to its spirtual thrust by its top man, the then vice-chancellor, Prof. Shashidhar Prasad, himself falling into the trap of Mr. Narasimhamurthy's supposed Swami dream instructions and then the so called subtle body of Bhagavan in Muddenahalli (FALSE) belief, and the loss of many senior faculty of SSSIHL who had a deep understanding of Swami teachings due to long service as faculty in SSSIHL?
In a previous Facebook post of mine I had made the suggestion of a Pro Vice-Chancellor: SSSIHL (Sai university) urgently needs to have a Pro Vice-chancellor who is an expert on Sathya Sai teachings/writings, https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1640855739464330. [Also available on this blog here: http://ravisiyer.blogspot.in/2015/07/sssihl-sai-university-urgently-needs-to.html]
For the past few days I was wondering whether I should go a step forward and suggest a name for this Pro Vice-Chancellor. Perhaps some top people in Sai organization will be offended by my suggesting a name. They may say, who am I to suggest such a name. They may even say who am I to even suggest Pro vice-chancellor post.
Well, the damage to the spiritual thrust of SSSIHL, in my considered view, has been so severe during Prof. Shashidhar Prasad's tenure, that I think I have to do my duty to Swami (who had accepted my free Seva prayer by allowing me to serve in SSSIHL as Honorary Staff/Honorary Faculty/Visiting Faculty in SSSIHL, Prasanthi Nilayam campus from Jan. 2003 to March 2012), by sticking my neck out on this one.
I think Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju has been the SPIRITUAL HERO of the spiritual thrust role of SSSIHL as shown by this sentence from Mr. V.R. Ganti's post mentioned above where BNNM is B.N. Narasimhamurthy and JSP is Prof. J. Shashidhar Prasad, "Other than the HERO of SSSIHL who resisted BNNM and JSP tooth-and-nail, i.e. Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju, has there been any senior or medium level Sai university academic or administrator who has OPENLY CONDEMNED BNNM FALSE CLAIMS of so-called subtle body?"
I think SSSIHL very badly needs to have Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju appointed in a senior and powerful position like Pro vice-chancellor, as then he will be in a position to reverse the great damage done to SSSIHL spiritual thrust by Mr. Narasimhamurthy and Prof. Shashidhar Prasad from sometime after Swami Mahasamadhi to Nov. 2014 when Prof. Prasad stepped down as VC.
Of course, even if the concerned authorities consider this suggestion, the question is whether Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju will accept such a position given how badly he was treated by administrators of SSSIHL, some of whom are still serving in SSSIHL. But, as Prof Kamaraju has demonstrated to everybody in the Sai fraternity how he was willing to fight for Swami despite all the horrible ill treatment he got, perhaps Prof. Kamaraju may be willing to accept such a post, to serve Swami by reversing the damage done to spiritual thrust of SSSIHL.
I added the following two comment responses of mine (slightly edited) , in the body of the post itself, as I felt it may be useful to readers.
Well, [name-snipped], you are entitled to your view. I prefer to go by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's public endorsement of and support for Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju which was clear to most, if not all, Sai devotees. I certainly saw that personally during my over eight years of regular darshan of Swami in Sai Kulwant Hall (Oct. 2002 to April 2011).
Further, Prof. Kamaraju has published many books on Swami and Sai teachings and is a very popular invited speaker for Sai satsangs in various parts of India and the world. Of course, as the Sai devotee world knows and will keep noting in future too (as they view videos of Swami discourses), Prof. Kamaraju was the chosen translator of Swami's Telugu discourses into English for perhaps two decades.
BTW [name-snipped] the suggestion was not to make Prof. Anilkumar Kamaraju VC but Pro VC; Pro VC like in Mata Amritandamayi university (which has a Pro Chancellor) who focuses on spiritual side complementing VC who focuses on non-spiritual academics side. [I use the term non-spiritual academics for fields like science, arts, commerce, management etc. Actually Religion and Indian philosophy are academic fields in their own right but as of now Sai university does not even have a department for it.] For more details about my Pro VC suggestion, you may want to have a look at my post here: https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1640855739464330. An extract from it: This university has a regular academic as vice-chancellor, and a spiritual teacher as pro Chancellor. From https://www.amrita.edu/about, "Brahmachari Abhayamrita Chaitanya is the Pro Chancellor of Amrita University. One of the prime architects of the university, he has been and is a pillar of support and guidance for all the activities of the University. As a great leader, he is also a source of inspiration to both the students and faculty."
Update on 25th August 2015
The Spirituality Daily a Blogpost aggregator has put up this blog post as an article-link for its issue dated Aug. 25th 2015, under Education category, http://paper.li/GoodBlogPosts/1309490215?edition_id=7ab16cd0-4af1-11e5-822d-0cc47a0d164b.