Mangalore, Aug 25: Arya Renukananda Swamiji of Shri Narayana Gury Mutt Solluru said that, people of Billawa community must unite and pressurize the government to convert the birth anniversary of religious and social reformer Narayana Guru in to a government programme.
He was delivering the benedictory speech at the scholarship distribution programme organized by Billawas Dubai and Northern Emirates in the auditorium at Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Kshetra, Kudroli on August 24, Sunday.
He also said that, placing portrait of Narayana Guru in the stage and performing puja to it, will not help to develop the society. But, the students must follow his principles and thinking in life to become successful person. Education is a property which cannot be stolen. Narayana Guru had also given more importance to education. Hence, the students taking the scholarship must further work for the welfare of the society.
Kudroli Temple president H S Sairam, inaugurated the event. Association president Jeethendra Suvarna, presided over the function.
Dr Rameeela Shekar, HOD of PG Departmen, Roshni Nilaya College and Sadananda Suvarna, president of Sri Guru Charitable Trust spoke on the occasion.
Association vice president Krishnappa Poojary, welcomed the guests and gathering. Secretary Udaya Kmar Kateel, delivered the key note address. Association office bearers Sathish Ullal, Jagannath Bellare, Sudhakar Poojary, Ananda Bailoor, Monappa Poojary and others were present on the dais.
The scholarship has been distributed among 201 deserving students studying medicine, engineering, nursing, post graduation, and PhD programmes.
Eleven students were conferred with Excellency awards. The Trust has also identified five helpless and sick individuals and distributed financial assistance for medical care.
From the year 2001 the association has distributed the scholarship 1,451 needy students and financial assistance of Rs 63 lakhs to the schools and colleges.
The amount of Rs 16 lakhs has been distributed as Medical care assistance, Rs 9 lakhs to widows and Rs 2 lakhs financial assistance to other funds giving a total expenditure of Rs 90 lakhs.