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G. Nagaraja
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Crying for attention: Students taking lessons in a damaged classroom of Edara Subbamma Devi Municipal School at Eluru which has produced RBI Governor Duvvuri Subba Rao. Photo: A. V. G. Prasad
Crying for attention: Students taking lessons in a damaged classroom of Edara Subbamma Devi Municipal School at Eluru which has produced RBI Governor Duvvuri Subba Rao. Photo: A. V. G. Prasad

With the stinking and overflowing open top drainage channels around and the criss-crossing narrow roads, Eedara Venkata Rao Municipal Elementary School located in the heart of the city looks rather unassuming regardless of the fact that a couple of great personalities—Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subba Rao and V.S. Rama Devi, former Chief Election Commissioner, who also served as Governor of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh, grew up in its laps.

In fact, the school with 100 students with a compound wall in bad condition seems unprepared for the visit of its alumnus Dr. Subba Rao on August 7. The RBI chief has reportedly insisted upon inclusion of his visit to his one-time beloved elementary school and Edara Subbamma Devi Municipal High School in his itinerary. Mr. Subba Rao joined Subbamma Devi Municipal School to study up to 7th standard after his elementary education in the Venkata Rao school.

A hectic schedule awaits the RBI chief at his native place which include an interaction with a small group of field-level bank officers at 4-30 pm at the District Cooperative Central Bank and civic reception for him by his childhood friends and admirers at Sir. C.R. Reddy Engineering College at 6 pm on August 6. A nostalgic Dr. Rao is scheduled to make a night halt to pay a visit to his schools and his ancestral house. G. Valliswar, Editor of the State-owned magazine, Andhra Pradesh, who studied along with Dr. Subba Rao up to 5th standard in the same elementary school, reminisces, “He (Dr. Subba Rao) was fond of trekking to Gosamrakshana Samithi to fetch cow milk for his family which was his most favourite daily routine in those days”.

Elementary school Headmistress Ch. Annapurna was quite unaware of the RBI Governor as a school alumnus. “It's a lifetime opportunity for all of us to speak to a distinguished personality like Dr. Subba Rao”, she said.

The strength of the school, which was abuzz with more than 200 students once, shrunk to 100 now because of the government's unsuccessful `Success” programme experiment and the growing public craze for convent education. The Subbamma Devi Municipal School with collapsed classroom walls and damaged roofs cries for an immediate government attention.

RBI Governor Duvvuri Subba Rao has included in his itinerary of August 7 a visit to two schools in Eluru where he studied up to seventh standard

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