3,000 children from 37 education districts arrive in Gulbarga
Rolling shield to be given to district winning most eventsOverall individual champions to get gold medals
GULBARGA: The two-day State-level Pratibha Karanji, which aims to give an opportunity to high school students to exhibit their hidden talents, got off to a colourful start here on Wednesday.
More than 3,000 children drawn from different schools in 37 education districts in the State have arrived in the city to vie for honours in 36 individual and nine team events scheduled to be held in five schools Sharanabasaveshwar Residential Public School, Nutan Vidyalaya Boys High School, St. Joseph English Medium High School, St. Mary English Medium School and Vittal Rao Sutrave High School.
A district winning the highest number of events would be presented a rolling shield worth Rs. 25,000.
Rolling shields worth Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 would be presented to the first and second runners-up respectively.
Similarly, the individual overall champion among boys and girls would be awarded Suvarna Kala Bhushan and Suvarna Kala Ratna awards carrying a gold medal of 10 grams each and commendation certificates.
Individual and team events include drama competition, rangoli, recital of poems, Bharatanatyam, kolattam, clay modelling, science models, elocution, essay, story writing, extempore speech, folk dance, folk song, singing of national anthem, patriotic songs, nada geethe, light music, team dance, qawali, classical music, ghazal, discussions, painting competitions, instrumental music, quiz, fashion show, mimicry and paper craft.
Smartly dressed children from Sharanabasaveshwar Residential Public School gave a captivating dance performance to the tunes of the "Hachevu Kannadada Deepa" before the inauguration of the programme by Agricultural Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur.
Animal Husbandry Minister Revu Naik released a souvenir "Sambrama". Education Secretary T.M. Vijayabhaskar, Commissioner of Public Instructions Madangopal, Afzalpur MLA M.Y. Patil, Chief Executive officer of the zilla panchayat P.C. Jaffer, Shashil G. Namoshi, MLC, who is the working president of the organising committee of Pratibha Karanji, were present.
Mr. Darshanapur said conducting such programmes would provide the much-needed opportunity for children to bring out their hidden talent. It would help them mingle with students from different parts of the State and exchange their ideas and understand the different cultures and way of living.
Mr. Darshanapur said the Government had given importance to education and was committed to providing infrastructure in existing schools and starting new high schools and pre-university colleges. This year, 500 high schools and junior and degree colleges each had been opened with an intention to bring education to the doorsteps of children.
Mr. Revu Naik said the Education Department should give more importance to improving the quality of education, particularly in rural areas.