Prominent citizens in Mysore have favoured the establishment of a centre for the youth — Yuva Spoorti Kendra — at the Swami Vivekananda Memorial here, by transferring the Maharani New Type Model School, adjacent to the memorial, to the Sri Ramakrishna Ashram.
Swami Vivekananda stayed at the Niranjan Math during his visit to the city.
This is in contrast to the opinion expressed by members at the zilla panchayat meeting here on Wednesday, who opposed the transfer.
They said the State government must rescind its order to hand over the government school to the Ramakrishna Ashram.
The government also approved the merger of the school with Devaraja Government Higher Primary School located nearby.
The signatories to a statement that was released to the press here included writers D. Javare Gowda and C.P. Krishna Kumar, R. Balasubramaniam of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, the former legislator D. Made Gowda, the former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University K. Chidananda Gowda, and the former Mayor Vasu.
A large number of students were studying in schools and colleges located around the memorial and establishing a Yuva Spoorti Kendra would inspire the youth.
The centre could act as a place for youth belonging to different castes, creeds and religions to come together and imbibe the ideals propounded by Swami Vivekananda.
The members said that “small sacrifices” were required to achieve a noble goal and the decision of the government to utilise the school premises for the centre was justified.
About ‘Jnanabuthi’, an organisation that has been organising coaching camps on the premises for aspirants of various competitive examinations, the members said an alternative could be found for its activities.
‘Set up a centre for the youth at Swami Vivekananda Memorial’ Zilla panchayat members opposed to the transfer of Maharani New Type Model school
‘Set up a centre for the youth at Swami Vivekananda Memorial’
Zilla panchayat members opposed to the transfer of Maharani New Type Model school