School issued notice against `unauthorised occupation'
School alleged of using land for commercial purposes Rent used for payment of salaries, says management School alleged of using land for commercial purposes Rent used for payment of salaries, says management
HYDERABAD: The future of over 700 poor children, getting free education at Nish-Shulk Prabhat Hindi-Telugu High School, Khairatabad, remains uncertain with the competent authority of Andhra Pradesh Housing Board issuing a notice on March 8 asking the institution to vacate the premises within a month.
G.S. Kumar, chairman of the school's academic committee, said on Tuesday that the notice was issued on the ground that the institution was in "unauthorised occupation" of the premises.
Earlier in 2004, the Board had issued a show cause notice holding that the school violated the lease agreement by using the land for commercial purposes.
Mr. Kumar, however, maintained that construction of the shops was approved by the City Improvement Board while leasing 1,751 sq.yd. in 1951.
At that time, the Government even sanctioned Rs. 3,000 for construction of the school building. The rent was being used for part-payment of salaries to unaided teachers. The school management committee's vice-president A. Satyanarayana said the school was not in a position to meet the expenditure in the absence of adequate donations. Though 98 per cent of the parents of students were illiterate, they wanted their wards to continue their studies.
Dr. Satyanarayana said the school, started in 1941 with the noble objective of imparting free education to the poor, had been catering to the needs of local slum-dwellers. He said "the children come from very poor background and many a time attend the school on empty stomach with passion driving them". Neelamma, a housemaid, whose three daughters are in the school, said that they were living in a one-room dwelling close to the institution for the last 10 years only to ensure that the children completed their schooling.