KARNATAKA

Privatisation of primary education disfavoured

BANGALORE NOV. 13. The Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education, B.K. Chandrashekar, has said that globalisation of the education system has resulted in increase in the number of international schools in the country.

Prof. Chandrashekar was speaking after unveiling the statue of the former Chief Minister, S. Nijalingappa, and inaugurating the K.L.E. International School building at a function organised as part of the 88th Foundation Day of the Karnataka Lingayat Education (KLE) Society here on Thursday.

The Minister said that such schools were coming up more around Bangalore. "I don't say it is wrong, but some attention needs to be given to educating people in the lower strata and those in districts," he said.

Prof. Chandrashekar felt that primary education should not be privatised and pointed out that this stage of education needed the support of the Government. "This would help in providing education to children of persons who had been deprived of education," he said.

Shivaratri Desikendra Swamiji of Suttur Math criticised the State Government for not giving a "no-objection" certificate for grant of deemed university status to the KLE Society. "While institutions in other parts of the country get the status within no time, the society is yet to get it," he said.

Siddalinga Swamiji of Tontadarya Math said that the society's application was pending with the Government since the days of J.H Patel as Chief Minister. "We are unable to understand the reason for the Government not acting on the application of the society, which has an annual budget of Rs. 100 crore and runs 124 education institutions," he said.

The Minister for Environment, Ecology, and Information, Allum Veerabhadrappa, the Agriculture Minister, V.S. Koujalgi, and Minister of State for Tourism and Information Technology, D.B. Inamdar, spoke.

The KLE Society conferred the "Eminent Faculty Award" on B.S. Kodkani from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, and Shantaveera M. Patil from Nijalingappa College, Bangalore. Medals were also presented to meritorious students of institutions run by the society.

The Kannada books, "KLE Samsteya Ithihasa" and "Aratala Rudragoudara Charitre" were released on the occasion.

The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, and the Minister for Urban Development, D.K. Shivakumar, did not participate in the function as they are in New Delhi.

Prabhakar Kore, Working President of KLE Society, welcomed the gathering.

Shivanand Koujalgi, President, KLE Society, delivered the presidential address.