The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (also called Sri Sathya Sai University, following UGC guidelines) is the university founded by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956. Sathya Sai Baba is the chancellor of the institute. There are three campuses, all in India
: one for men at the Prashanthi Nilayam ashram, Puttaparthi
, another for men in Whitefield, and one for women in Anantapur
The university is based on the gurukula system of ancient India wherein education is provided totally free from kindergarten to post graduation. All students, from first grade to postgraduate studies, stay in the hostel. The Sri Sathya Sai University in Prashanthi Nilayam is the only college in India to have received an "A++" rating by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission).