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Competitions: Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa (centre) inaugurating the four-day state-level ‘Pratibha Karanji 2008’ in Shimoga on Tuesday. (From left) Minister for Food and Civil Supplies H. Halappa, Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshar Hegde Kageri and MLA from Bhadravati B.K. Sangamesh are seen.
Competitions: Chief Minister B.S.Yeddyurappa (centre) inaugurating the four-day state-level ‘Pratibha Karanji 2008’ in Shimoga on Tuesday. (From left) Minister for Food and Civil Supplies H. Halappa, Minister for Energy K.S. Eshwarappa, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshar Hegde Kageri and MLA from Bhadravati B.K. Sangamesh are seen.

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Yeddyurappa inaugurates four-day State-level Pratibha Karanji 2008

Rs. 958 crore being spent to develop infrastructure in government schools in State

Students offered educational loans of Rs. 5 lakh at 6 per cent interest

Shimoga: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said here on Tuesday that the 21st century was the era of India as the whole world was looking at it.

He was speaking after inaugurating the four-day State-level Pratibha Karanji 2008 (a platform for cultural and academic competitions for high school students) organised under the aegis of the Department of Public Instruction, the district administration and the zilla panchayat here at DVS Composite Pre-University College.

Mr Yeddyurappa said that the youths of today should gear up to develop not just their own personalities but also the nation they lived in and their native language. . “Now, Indians should be proud that the U.S. President-elect Barack Obama had appointed Ms. Sonal Shah, an American-Indian, as his advisor. Youths should take note of these interesting developments”, he noted.

He said that a few young Indian parliamentarians had been to the United States of America to study the political scenario there. U.S. President George Bush, while interacting with the visiting parliamentarians, had said that Indians were intelligent that U.S. youths should emulate their Indian counterparts, said Mr. Yeddyurappa. He added that this incident speaks of the impression others have of Indians.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that the State Government had released 37 per cent grants for the implementation of the programmes under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The State and the Centre were spending Rs. 958 crore to provide infrastructure and other necessary aids to government schools in the State, he said.

He also said that the State Government was offering educational loan of Rs. 5 lakh at 6 per cent rate of interest for students belonging to the middle class families. The student could repay the loan after six months after completing his education, he informed.

Mr. Yeddyurappa had a word of advice to parents. He said they should encourage their children to participate in extra-curricular activities besides excelling in academics. This would help in the overall development of the children’s personality and that would give them an opportunity to exhibit their talents. Pratibha Karanji is one such platform where students can exhibit their talent at the state-level, he added.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri delivered the introductory remarks. He asked the students participating in the event to make best use of the opportunity provided at the meet to exhibit their innovative and creative talents.

Minister for Energy and local MLA K.S. Eshwarappa presided over the function.

Director of the State Planning Committee of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Selva Kumar welcomed the gathering. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies H. Halappa, MLC Bharathi Shetty, Bhadravati MLA B.K. Sangamesh, Shimoga Rural MLA K.G. Kumaraswamy, MLC Mir Azeez Ahmed, former MLA G. Basavenneppa, Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey, zilla panchayat president Chandra Kumar and others were present.

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