Barry Pittard Exposed

Exposing the lies, deceit and dishonesty of the most mean-spirited and vindictive ex-devotees of Sathya Sai Baba.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

A Lecturer At Sathya Sai Baba's Whitefield College?

Exposing Barry Pittard
The Australian Pit-Bull Of The Anti-Sai Movement

Barry Pittard made the following claims about being a "lecturer" at Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Whitefield College:
"By Barry Pittard, Australia, former Lecturer, Sri Sathya Sai College of the Arts, Science and Commerce, Whitefield, Karnataka."

"I was a lecturer in SSB's first (and very prestigious) college outside Bangalore back in 1978-79."

"I am a former English Lecturer in Sathya Sai Baba's vast educational establishment, where I taught at his Whitefield College in 1978-79, via Bangalore, in south India."

About these claims, the following is to be noted:
From Sathyam Sivam, Sundarm Volume 5 page 64-65:

The first institute of higher education founded by Baba was the College of Arts and Science for Women at Anantapur in 1968; the second was the College for Men at Brindavan, Whitefield, in 1969. These were residential colleges ... In 1979, a college for Men was established at Prashanti Nilayam, The Colleges at Anantapur and Prashanti Nilayam were affiliated to the Sri Venkateswara University in Andrha Pradesh and the college at Brindavan was under the Bangalore University in Karnakata ... Sri Sathya Sai Colleges at Prashanti Nilayam and Whitefield had only under-graduate courses and the college at Anantapur had only one post-graduate course in Telugu language apart from under-graduate courses.

from page 68:

On the reccomendation of the University Grants Commission, the Government of India conferred the status of Deemed University on the College at Prashanti Nilayam. The good news was announced to a packed Poornachandra Hall on Vijaya Dasami day on the 8th of October 1981 ... on 22nd of November 1981, the inauguration of the Deemed University - Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning by the Honourable Chief
Justice of the Supeme Court of India, Sir Y.V. Chandrachud, in the presence of Bhagavan Baba, who blessed the University by becoming its Chancellor. V.K. Gokak was vice chancellor.

Therefore, Barry Pittard allegedly lectured in English and Drama for a total of a few months (not two, full, consecutive years as Barry Pittard erroneously claimed) at the Whitefield Campus before it became the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and before it became renown as a prestigious University.

Barry Pittard also attempts to make it appear as if he recently lectured at Baba's Whitefield College because he often leaves out the fact that he lectured in 1978-1979 or 27 years ago. He also insists he taught at Baba's college for 2 full years when, in fact, he taught for a total of a few months at most. During his time teaching there, he never received any complaints of sexual abuse or molestation from any student against Sathya Sai Baba. The Brindavan Campus existed as a separate institute prior to the creation of SSSIHL, by about ten years. Barry Pittard was long gone by the time.

In those days Sathya Sai Baba appointed several Westerners to teach English Literature. For example, Paul William Roberts gave a brief account of his time as a teacher at the Brindavan Campus during 74-75 in his book "Empire of the Soul" (Harper Collins India, ISBN 0773727388) in which he described his teaching duties as "hardly onerous" and that he spent most of his time "explaining plots and leaping around acting out scenes". Barry Pittard would have encountered something similar.

Barry Pittard was not paid to teach at Sathya Sai Baba's Whitefield College. To date, Barry Pittard has yet to provide any credentials that he possessed that would have entitled him to teach at any College as a lecturer or Professor in English or Drama.

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