SRI SIDDHARTHA EDUCATION SOCIETY (SSES) was founded by Shikshana Bhishma late. Sri. H. M Gangadhariah also the founder secretary of the society, with the blessings of saint and seer, the father of “Bhoodan movement” Sri. Vinobha Bhave in 1959, has made a leap in the field of education. The Society which started as a residential school in a village near Tumkur then established several Nursery, Primary and High Schools including Pali schools in the later years. It further expanded its domain to Technical, Medical and Dental Education. Today the total number of institutions run by the Society crosses 85 with a total students strength of more than 16000 and staff strength 1800. The main objective of the society is to “REACH THE UNREACHED” in the field of Education.
Sri Siddhartha Education society has grown to be the hub of higher education with excellent teaching facilities and highly qualified and experienced teaching faculty. With diversified professional courses, the range of subjects is wide giving a good choice to the students seeking admission here. It also provides health care facilities in the rural region of Karnataka comprising the Tumkur, Chitradurga district and the rural area of Northwest Bangalore.
Leadership always plays a vital role in this process and was carefully nurtured. The Society is fortunate enough to have two illustrious sons of the founder who are equally zealous and committed to the founder’s goals. Late.Dr. G. Shivaprasad, an eminent Ophthalmologist, the Founder Chancellor of SSAHE and Dr.G.Parameshwara a reputed Agriculture Scientist, is the Hon’ble Chancellor of Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education.
Late. Dr. G Shivaprasad, eminent ophthalmologist, the Founder Chancellor of Sri Siddhartha Academy of Higher Education, He shouldered the responsibility to steer all the institutions of the society along the lines envisaged by his father. He was an authority on Buddha and his philosophy, excellent orator and a great teacher, also the Director of Sri Siddhartha Medical College (SSMC); one of the well known medical colleges in Karnataka. SSES have shown remarkable growth and progress under the stewardship of Dr. G. Shivaprasad who carrying forwarded the noble traditions of his illustrious father H.M. Gangadharaiah. Having obtained MBBS and MS from BMC and Minto Ophthalmic Hospital, he had a brief spell of Govt. service at district hospital Tumkur and Chitradurga.
He worked as a teaching faculty in Dept. of Ophthalmology, SSMC. Steeped up in spirituality and noble traditions of Buddhist Philosophy Dr. G. Shivaprasad had a vision and mission to give not only sight for the blind but also insight and foresight of knowledge and wisdom to students and society at large. Spirit of sacrifice and service has been his creed. He had actively participated in many blindness relief eye camps.
He has also actively involved in the programs of IMA Tumkur, to provide medico social relief to rural poor. Dissertation Work : Occular, Manifestation of Leprosy. Positions held : Secretary, SSES. Director, SSMC Prof. & HOD, SSMC. Awards and Accolades : Rajiv Gandhi National Award in the year 1995. Memberships: Member, All India Opthalmic Society. Member, Opthalmic Society, Karnataka. Served as a Senate Member at Bangalore University. Publications Books : Preaching of BUDHA. Paper Presented: National Opthalmic Conference, Chennai. Besides, he has held many other important positions of prominent committees and Associations in various capacities.