BANGALORE: “Our department has received a contribution of total Rs 35 crore under Shalegaagi Naavu Neevu, a school nurturing programme, in the last 11 months,” said Dr RG Nadadur, principal secretary for primary and secondary education while presenting the ‘Pride of Karnataka Award’ at a glittering award ceremony held this week.
Nadadur said that the state government’s programme has received an overwhelming response from corporates, entrepreneurs and donors. “The government had launched the programme to improve the quality of primary education and infrastructure in government schools,” he informed.
He further said that ‘Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan’ has been launched to improve secondary education.
“Priority should be given to primary education and the department is working towards achieving 100 per cent accessibility to primary education to all, especially those from rural areas,” he added.
Rahul Dravid got the award for sports, Yogaraj Bhat for entertainment, Ramesh and Swati Ramanathan for societal development and Subroto Bagchi for management development.
The ‘Pride of Karnataka Award’ was instituted by Round Table India to honour achievers whose contributions have made Karnataka proud.
Speaking on the occasion, Round Table India national president Himanshu Gupta said that a five-member jury from Round Table India chose the recipients for the awards based on their achievements and their contributions to their respective fields.“This year to start with, people from sports, entertainment, societal development and corporate sectors were chosen for their outstanding work,” he added.
Gupta said that the awardees are true icons for the youth of our society. He said that Round Table India is focused on providing basic infrastructure for primary education in rural India, through their long-term national project ‘Freedom Through Education’ reaching out to about one million children over 10 years.