Mangalore, September 09: Minister for Urban Development Vinay Kumar Sorake after inaugurating the 160th birth anniversary of Narayana Guru organised by Shree Narayana Samskarika Vedi, at Town Hall in Mangalore on Monday said, “The teachings and messages of social reformer Narayana Guru will be included in the primary school curriculum from the next academic year and efforts are added towards it”.
Sorake said that an appeal has been sent to the Chief Minister to include the lessons on Narayana Guru in school syllabus and administrative permission is awaited. The Narayana Guru Study Chair in Mangalore University as announced in the State budget will be a reality soon. The minister said that Narayana Guru is a universal personality who called upon the mankind to eliminate the barriers of caste and religion, to unify the society.
With a view to put an end to the social evils of racial discrimination, he established Kudroli Shri Gokarnanatheshwara Temple for confidence among the members of backward community. Narayana Guru was one of the pioneers of social reformers in Karnataka, he added.
The minister felt it was important for all backward communities to unite. Stating that the Billava community is being recognised by various names in various states, he said there are 24 sections in the community which need to come under a single platform and programmes should be chalked out accordingly. Shivagiri Mutt Pracharana Sabha Gurudhma Secretary Swamy Guruprasad blessed the occasion. Kerala Samajam President T K Rajan, Shree Narayana Samskara Vedi President T A Ashokan were present in the occasion.
Gokarnanatheshwara Educational Institutions :
In another programme, organised by Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Education Institutions, former registrar of Mangalore University Prof K Chinnappa Gowda said that the proposalhas been brought before the government on the setting up of Narayana Guru Chair in the University. Narayana Guru has worked hard to treat the sick society.
District Surgeon and Superintendent of Wenlock Hospital Dr Rajeshwari Devi H R said that society can be developed only by providing good health care to its people. Speaking about various new facilities at Wenlock Hospital, she revealed that the hospital has already started haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis centre. For the first time in the State, Club Foot Care Centre and Regional Blood Transfusion Centre has been started. She also said that, Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Centre and Early Intervention Centre for the treatment of new born babies will start functioning from October.
As a part of the celebrations, elocution competitions were organised in Kannada, English and Tulu for higher primary, high school and college students and the prizes were distributed to the winners.
On this gathering, President of Sri Gokarnanatheshwara Education Institutions B Devdas and others were present.