KARNATAKA

President to inaugurate school building of Suttur Math

MYSORE DEC. 25 . The President, A.P. J. Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate a residential school building constructed by Suttur Math at Suttur village near here on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here today, the Executive Secretary of the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, B.N. Betkerur, said the math had built the school building on 60 acres of land at a cost of Rs. 15 crore. A hostel for students had also been constructed there. The building had 45 classrooms, six laboratories, eight staff rooms, and a library.

He said the President would inaugurate the building at 3 p.m. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, would preside over the function. The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, and the Union Minister of State for Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs, V. Srinivas Prasad, would participate in it.

Mr. Betkerur said 1,800 poor students were receiving free education, food, uniform, textbooks, and accommodation at the residential school. In addition, 700 more students from neighbouring villages were going to the school. Apart from regular classes, the students were being trained in computers.

Mr. Betkerur said the school, which was the brainchild of Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, was conceived when he offered to provide free education, food, uniform, and textbooks to children of bonded-labourers of Hangarahalli three years ago. All the employees of JSS Mahavidyapeetha had contributed a day's salary for the completion of the school project.

He said the students of the residential school belonged to all castes. Many of them were from other States. The students of the school were being trained in yoga, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. Attention was being paid to their health, and medical officers were available round-the-clock on the school premises.