Staff Reporter

ALAPPUZHA: Governor R.L. Bhatia has said the century-old saga of the Sanathana Dharma Vidyasala (SDV) was possible only due to the efforts of a ‘committed band of teachers, an enlightened management and its focused students’.

Speaking after inaugurating the Centenary Memorial Auditorium of the SDV here on Saturday, the Governor recalled that the institution had moulded several students who later went on to lead illustrious lives and serve the society. The SDV, which was established in January 1905 under the guidance of renowned theosophist Annie Besant, had indeed risen to expectations, he said.

Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac, delivering the presidential address, called for a book on the history of the SDV, which could be brought out on the occasion of the institution’s centenary celebrations.

Such an effort would not only bring out in concise the history of the SDV, but of the entire region because the SDV has been witnessing all the developments in the society, playing a significant role in it as well, in the last 100 years, he said.

P.P. Chitharanjan, Municipal chairman, K.S. Manoj, MP, K.C. Venugopal, MLA, SDV managing committee President J. Ravindranatha Pai, Secretary J. Krishnan and SDV Board of Trustees President S. Mahadevan also spoke.

Former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had laid the foundation stone for the Centenary Memorial Building at Alappuzha three years ago.