Deve Gowda goes down memory lane

Reminiscent: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda addressing a gathering at L.V. Polytechnic in Hassan on Sunday.

Reminiscent: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda addressing a gathering at L.V. Polytechnic in Hassan on Sunday.  

Staff Correspondent

Alumni association of L.V. Polytechnic in Hassan inaugurated

HASSAN: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda inaugurated “Smruthi Mandara”, the alumni association of the L.V. Polytechnic here on Sunday. He studied there in 1958. The institution was started in 1934 as an industrial school and then moved over to the present building in 1957 on a 42-acre campus donated by Lakshmi Venkatamma. The institution introduced diploma courses in 1957. Now it has 700 students with six departments. The Government, which runs the show, proposes to start another 13.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Gowda said that in 1959, he picked up a quarrel with another student, Venkataramana, and went on to become the students’ union president. “For the inauguration ceremony, I brought A.G. Ramachandra, a politician, to address the gathering. Other students laughed at me for bringing a politician instead of a technocrat. Then I decided to bring a technocrat for the annual day. It was then that I learnt to honour my promises,” he added.

Mr. Gowda said when he completed the course, he was selected to attend an interview for employment in the Railways. But on account of opposition from his father, he had to change plans. He also said he tried to get a job in the Government, using influence, but was unsuccessful. After that, he stopped looking for such jobs, he said and added that the incident helped him develop courage.

Mr. Gowda said that throughout his life, he had to play fighter. He took a dig at his critics for saying he was too old to continue in politics. He warned them not to underestimate his potential and that it would not take long for him to bounce back. He also announced a donation of Rs. 25,000 to the alumni association.

On the occasion, Mr. Gowda felicitated Nahamullah Khan, Devaraja Gowda, Annappa and M.G. Raje Gowda — all former principals of the institute. He also felicitated old students including Attavara Ramadas (industrialist) and journalist Shivananda Tagadur.

Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Venkatesh, president of the association, said the alumni of the institution were now spread out over 13 countries.

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