The controversy over the Government Order transferring the NTM School land to Ramakrishna Math and Mission to develop the Vivekananda memorial, continued on Thursday with various organisations staging a protest against the move.
The protest was supported by the Kannada Kriya Samiti, Dalit Sangharsh Samiti, Federation of Progressive Organisations, Students’ Federation of India, Mysore Kannada Vedike, Samata Vedike, Popular Front of India and others.
The members said that the school should not be closed down at any cost and the memorial could be developed elsewhere. Meanwhile, Ramakrishna Ashram authorities said that the number of students studying at NTM School was less and they would be shifted to the Devaraja Government Higher Primary School nearby, for which the Education Department had already given approval.
Elaborating on the ashram’s plans, the authorities said that a state-of-the-art library, multimedia centre, auditorium and an interactive museum would come up and the cultural centre would help install moral and ethical values in the youth.
Special coaching would be provided for students belonging to economically weaker sections.
It would also promote national consciousness among the youth, take up research on culture, provide short-term vocational course, special classes to improve language skills — Kannada and English — and leadership training.
The ashram has also proposed introducing short-term courses on spiritual and social values, work culture, courses on yoga, pranayama and meditation, and expressed hope that the memorial would emerge as a major cultural landmark in the city.