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IT International Conference

An International Conference on “Next Generation Information Technologies for Societal Advancement and Integration” was conducted by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (DMACS) of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning from 15th to 17th July 2006. The Inaugural address of the Conference was delivered by Mr. Rajeeva Ratna Shah, Member Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India. After the keynote address, speakers from the corporate world, visiting faculty to the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and also a few of the alumni of the Institute, who are working in reputed companies and in Bhagavan’s Institutions addressed the participants. The sessions of the Conference were held in the Institute Auditorium.

On the evening of 15th July, students from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science presented a drama entitled “From I to We to He” in the Divine Presence in Sai Kulwant Hall. The main theme of the drama was the improper use of technology. Technology should be used for the benefit of society and not for selfish purposes was the clarion call as the students portrayed it through various real life incidents. A moving scene wherein a patient was harassed by money-minded doctors was well depicted. This gave a pen portrayal of the decadence of medical field. But on the contrary, technology was used for the benefit of society in Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences. The drama underlined the need for man to understand the inalienable link between Vyashti, Samashti, Srishti and Paramesht i . After the conclusion of drama, there was a session of Bhajans and then Arati was offered to Bhagawan.

On the last day (17th July) of the Conference, after the day's session, the Valedictory Address was delivered by Dr. Damodar Acharya FNAE, FNASc, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education AICTE, India. In the evening all the professors, visiting faculty, delegates and students had a fulfilling Darshan of Bhagawan in the Mandir.