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November 22, 2002  

President to be the chief guest at convocation of Satya Sai Institute

PUTTAPARTHI: All arrangements are in place for the smooth conduct of the 21st convocation of the Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Prashanti Nilayam here on Friday.

President A P J Abdul Kalam will be the chief guest while Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra --- N Chandrababu Naidu, S M Krishna and Vilasrao Deshmukh respectively, Union Minister of State for Home I D Swamy besides a host of other dignitaries from all over the country would attend the convocation.

As many as 437 students, who graduated in various disciplines, would be awarded degrees.

Though Abdul Kalam has been a regular visitor to Puttaparthi and his last trip was on July 14 when he called on Satya Sai Baba on the eve of his election as President, this will be his first visit after assuming the highest office. Kalam, who is reaching here on Friday morning and is expected to stay overnight in Prashanti Nilayam before flying back to Delhi on November 23.

The President, who is known for his penchant to meet students and interact with them on various issues, may not do so this time. "We did not receive any communication from the President's office expressing his desire to meet the students," Registrar of Satya Sai Institute of Higher Learning A V Lakshmi Narasimham told this website's newspaper.

According to the tentative schedule, the President will reach Puttaparthi by a special aircraft at 8.55 a.m. and take part in the Bhajan programme immediately. Later, he would be briefed about the activities of the Sri Satya Sai Seva Central Trust. In the afternoon, he would attend the convocation.

Prashanti Nilayam has been converted into a fortress in view of the visit of several dignitaries. The entire town has been spruced up to welcome the VVIPs and barricades have been erected all along the route from airport to Prashanti Nilayam.

With more than a lakh of devotees expected to descend on the town to take part in the birthday celebrations of Satya Sai Baba on November 23, the RTC has been running 100 special services from Bangalore, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Chennai and other places.

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