- Prof Sathya Pal Ruhela (eighty years old), born on 2 February 1935, is a pioneering Indian sociologist of education, a teacher, an educator, a spiritualist and an ardent devotee of both the Sai Avatars- Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and Sri Sathya Sai Baba. He has been in Sai’s fold for the last forty years. He has written books on sociology, Indian sociology, Somalia, education, spirituality and both the incarnations of Sai Baba. He served as a Professor of Education (Sociology), Head and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi.
He was awarded Maharshi Bhrigu Samman in 2011 for his valuable contributions during his lifetime in the fields of behavioral sciences, literature, humanity and social development. He was given the honor also because of his extraordinary achievements by his innovative and positive thinking and commitment to being a thinker, scholar, researcher, scientist and teacher for national prosperity.