Hindu Higher Primary School will be celebrating its 150th anniversary at Udyavara village near Udupi on February 9 and 10.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Correspondent of the school U. Govindraya Shenoy said that the school was founded by Late Ganapayya Maiyya in 1861 in Udyavara. The school was recognised by the then British India government. When the school started it had classes from 1 to 5 and was a lower primary school.

In 1982, classes six and seven were added to the school and it became a higher primary school. This aided Kannada-medium school has 400 children. In class 1, there are 72 students. The Udyavara village has a population of about 15,000. As part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, an auditorium and a seminar hall were constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 lakh.

Oscar Fernandes, general secretary of All India Congress Committee (AICC), will inaugurate the anniversary celebrations on February 9. K Jayaprakash Hegde, Udupi-Chikmagalur MP, will preside over the inaugural function. K.C. Kondaiah, former MLC, will inaugurate the auditorium, and U.B. Venkatesh, president of Lok Shikshana Trust, Bangalore, will inaugurate the seminar hall.