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Government ensuring social justice by promoting education: Sorake

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Vinay Kumar Sorake, Urban Development Minister, said on Saturday that the government was giving priority to providing education to students coming from economically backward classes. He was speaking after inaugurating the Sri Kanakadasa Jayanti celebrations organised by the district administration here.

Mr. Sorake said that new Morarji Desai Residential Schools would be started in the State this year. Priority was being given for construction of buildings, creation of basic infrastructure facilities and modernisation of Morarji Desai Residential Schools running in rented buildings.

Under the ‘Vidyasiri’ scheme, boarding and lodging costs of 50,000 students in post-matric hostels and for Ph.D. students, who were unable to get admission in hostels, was being borne by the government. These students were getting a monthly allowance of Rs. 1,500.

To promote participation of girls in higher education, the government waived tuition fees and laboratory fees for girl students in all aided colleges. The government was directly reimbursing the amount on this account to the aided colleges. This scheme was benefitting nearly 1.15 lakh girl students in the State. “All these measures are aimed at promoting social justice through education,” he said.

The 16th century saint-composer Sri Kanakadasa was against the caste system. He had made this clear in his compositions. Udupi had become famous as, according to legend, Lord Krishna had come to give “darshan” to Kanakadasa.

This incident had been immortalised by the “Kanakana Kindi” or “Kanaka’s window” at the temple. This incident also showed that the Lord was interested only in devotion and not in the caste or status of a devotee. Reformers such as Sri Basaveshwara, Sri Kanakadasa and Sri Narayanaguru had tried to bring social change and emphasised on an egalitarian society, Mr. Sorake said.

In her lecture, S. Suma, lecturer of Government Pre-University College, said that caste discrimination was still prevalent in some temples in the State. It was still difficult for people of all castes to have their meals together in some temples. This meant that the struggle of Sri Kanakadasa still had to be carried on. Sri Kankadasa had explained complex spiritual concepts in simple language to the people, she said.

Savitha Kotian, ZP president; Sunita Nayak, president of taluk panchayat, P. Yuvaraj, president of Udupi City Muncipal Council, Meti Mudiyappa, and president of District Sri Kanakadasa Seva Sangha, were present.

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