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Four-day State-level Suvarna Pratibha Karanji inaugurated

SHIMOGA: Commissioner of Public Instruction M. Madan Gopal said here on Friday that subjects such as environment and culture should find a place in the school curricula.

Inaugurating the four-day State-level "Suvarna Pratibha Karanji" and cultural competitions for primary schoolchildren of linguistic minority communities organised by the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the State Plan Programme in association with the Department of Public Instruction, the District Administration and the zilla Panchayat, he said that there is a need to include the study of environment and culture in the curricula to compliment academics.

He asked children participating in the competitions not to think about winning prizes alone, as their participation is more important.

He said that it is only with the cooperation of parents and teachers that children's talents can be identified.

Director of Primary Education M. Chandrasekharaiah explained the objectives behind holding the competitions and said that attempts will be made to bring out latent talents in children by encouraging them to participate in such competitions He said cultural competitions are being held as part "Pratibha Karanji" since 1999-2000.

The competitions are being conducted at a cost of Rs. 1.20 crores.

Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat Shivakumar who was the chief guest hoped that the competitions will give opportunities to children from all over the State to exhibit their talents. Director of the Linguistic Minorities and Urdu Educational Directorate A.V. Cutinho, Director of Higher Education G. Chandrasekharaiah, President of the State Primary Teachers' Association Eregouda and Ningamma addressed the gathering.

Deputy Commissioner and president of the high-power committee of the programme T.K. Anilkumar who presided said children can realise their talents is they have an opportunity to interact with each other.

Deputy Director of Public Instruction S.L. Chauvan welcomed the gathering.