It is to be named after Ambigara Chowdaiah; committee formed to draft its statute
The centre to focus on uplift of Mogaveera community
Foundation stones laid for convention hall, medical centre
MANGALORE: The State Government has sanctioned a study centre at Mangalore University in the name of Ambigara Chowdaiah, a contemporary of 12th-century social reformer, Basaveshwara.
The university has set up a committee to draft the statute for the proposed centre under the chairmanship of former chairman and managing director of Syndicate Bank N.K. Thingalaya, G. Shankar, a philanthropist, has said. University Vice-Chancellor K.M. Kaveriappa corroborated this.
Inaugurating the Mogaveera Youth Convention, organised by Mogaveera Vyavasthapaka Mandali at Mukka near here on Sunday, he said the Government had released Rs. 50 lakh for development activities of the centre. The committee would meet on Thursday to draw the plan of action for the centre, he said and added that it would focus on the socio-economic development of the Mogaveera community in this region.
Mr. Shankar said the setting up of the centre had come at an opportune time when Mogaveera youth were virtually at the cross roads. They were torn between carrying out the less lucrative and more arduous traditional activities of fishing and taking up better-paying professional careers. The community youth had started realising that they could no longer depend on the traditional means of living. The centre would take up a study of the Mogaveera community in coastal Karnataka and submit a report to the Government. The people of Mogaveera community had requested the university to set up a study centre in memory of Ambigara Chowdaiah, following a decision taken at a recent community conclave at Kundapur. The Government had not only sanctioned the centre but also released funds for it, Mr. Kaveriappa told The Hindu.
Mr. Shankar, who also laid the foundation stone for a proposed convention hall and medical centre, a project of the mandali, advised its office-bearers to ensure that its benefits reached the poorest member of the community. Any community-oriented service project should aim at providing maximum benefit to society at reasonable cost. The mandali should set up health centre and allied facilities at the centre, he said.
Member of the fund raising committee of the mandali Sanjeeva K. Salian unveiled the organisation’s “Vision 2010” statement. This includes executing projects worth Rs. 50 crore in Mumbai and Mangalore in a phased manner over the next decade. Vital components of the project include a multi-purpose hall and medical centre at Mukka, model training institute for nursing and physiotherapy and job oriented technical courses.
The president of the mandali, Ajit G. Suvarna, who presided over the function, said the long term investment was expected to provide service not only for the Mogaveeras but also others. He sought the cooperation of all concerned in executing the projects. Former MLA Lalaji R. Mendon, spoke.
The honorary general secretary, H. Arun Kumar, proposed vote of thanks. Delegates from Mumbai and Bangalore were present.