To mark the birth centenary of P. Sundarayya, first general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Karnataka State committee will build a national study-cum-research centre in Chickballapur district.

Birth centenary

Announcing this at the valedictory of Sundarayya’s birth centenary celebrations here on Sunday, State Secretary and former MLA G.V. Sriram Reddy said the proposed centre, expected to cost about Rs. 10 crore, would come up on five acres of land.

The construction is expected to be completed in a year.

Mr. Reddy later told The Hindu that the centre would take up scientific studies as well as analysis of social issues, especially social inequalities. It would also undertake studies on economic issues such as impact of globalisation and flaws in economic policies, and analyse different dimensions of political issues. All these studies would have a national perspective, he said.

The centre would also train cadres, he said. It would have an open-air theatre and two auditoriums.

State Secretariat members G.N. Nagaraj and V.J.K. Nair and Kannada writer Devanur Mahadeva spoke.

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