In Events, Events and UpdatesOctober 2, 20238 Minutes

Inaugural Address of Sadguru Sri Madhusudan Sai to the First Batch of MBBS Students

Sri Madhusudhan Sai in the pursuit of achieving Grama Swaraj!

Muddenahalli, 02 October 2023: Mahatma Gandhi Ji once proclaimed that the true measure of a nation’s welfare lies in the well-being of its villages, for villages are indeed the soul of our great nation. Gandhi Ji coined the term ‘Grama Swaraj’ signifying a self-reliant village.

In this pursuit of achieving Grama Swaraj, Sadguru Sri Madhusudhan Sai has been working day and night to provide basic amenities for the marginalised through the three verticals of Nutrition, Education, and Healthcare. Sri Madhusudan Sai has always emphasised the untapped potential in rural youth and is creating platforms through which rural youth can not only transform themselves but also bring about meaningful changes in the lives of rural people.

One such platform is the Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, which was inaugurated by the Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 25th of March 2023. This medical college has been established to grow it into a world-class institution producing medical professionals with brilliant heads, competent hands, but more importantly, compassionate hearts.

50 students have joined the nation’s first free medical college from various parts of the country, and it has been one week since all the students reported to the college. It is heartwarming to note that all the students have already started imbibing the service culture of the institution, as they visited nearby villages and educated school-going children about personal hygiene and health; and they interacted with the residents about various issues that impact their health, such as open drainage, the distance of water tanks from the dumping yard, lack of proper ventilation etc.

Sri Madhusudan Sai, Founder of the Sri Madhusudan Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research addressed all the students this evening and said, “I look forward to all of you learning from the elders who not only have great calibre but more importantly, great character. Each of your professors and senior faculty are people who have chosen the unchartered path.”

Borrowing from Ralph Emerson’s quote, ‘Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail’, Sri Madhusudan Sai advised the students to create a trail behind for others to follow.

Taking the example of the Director of the Medical College, Dr Raghupathi who was the first alumni to become a doctor from the Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Educational Institutions, almost 45 years ago, who even after his illustrious career and retirement chose to join the mission of service in Muddenahalli, Sri Madhusudan Sai said, “You can also create institutions in the future. Don’t look at only what you can get for yourself and your families, or how you can grow professionally alone. Don’t let your mind limit to just that little idea; rather, think of the greater good of all. Walk into any department and you will find such individuals.

It is not easy to get faculty for a rural medical college like this. But they chose to join us because they had a purpose, which is beyond just being a professional. They had a purpose to do greater good to the society and I am very grateful to all the faculty members who have joined us on this journey.

I am very grateful to the Government, especially the Central Government, and the Prime Minister. Since this is the opening session, I must place it on record that we received much support from the Prime Minister who came all the way to inaugurate this medical college with our one request to him – that we are starting a new medical college with a vision.

I am grateful to the Ministry of Health, Government of India, for there were no 50 seats provision in NMC, as 100 seats was the norm. They brought in a new provision for our sake to accommodate our vision to create cultured students who will get personalised attention academically, personally and spiritually, so they can grow into better doctors.

Thus, this is a greater responsibility on our shoulders to live up to this vision which is now our shared vision to build this into a world-class medical college. It is not just about serving humanity, but it is also about academically becoming one of the best medical colleges in the world. And this happens when there are world-class students and world-class faculty. Each one of us have to push our boundaries to become better than the best.

What is taught in the class is one part, but what you learn is the bigger part, and that depends on you. Learn and become brilliant heads, most competent hands and most compassionate hearts, and this is the way we can change the medical education and the healthcare system.

Sri Madhusudan Sai then reminded all the students about one of the last notes left behind by Gandhi Ji in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought. Gandhi Ji had said, ‘I will give you a talisman…whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj [freedom] for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away.’

Sri Madhusudan Sai went on explain, “Is your decision going to help one old village man who has no one to look after, who cannot pay a fee or afford healthcare? If you can help such a person then you will know that you are fulfilling the vision of this medical college. This is why we expected commitments from all of you, and we wanted it right from day one; that you are committed to service. As you will all live and learn, you will enjoy your time here.

I look forward to growing this medical college together, as it is not one way. Give your suggestions and ideas to the faculty, as this is about a shared vision.”