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New building of 70-year-old school finally opened

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BENGALURU: The gates of Subbaiah Reddy Higher Primary School in Jogupalya, Ulsoor, were finally unlocked by mayor G Padmavathi on Thursday, a week after TOI published a related report. The old building was ravaged by rain in 2006, and a new one came up subsequently. But despite the construction being over, it remained locked since 2011, due to non-payment of the contractor's dues.
The 70-year-old BBMP-run institution is the only Kannada-medium school in Jogpulya and caters to students in four wards. A TOI article dated June 9 had highlighted the woes of students, who had to share classrooms with students of another school. BBMP owes the contractor Rs 36 lakh.
"After the newspaper highlighted the issue of students being affected due to non-payment of bills, I held a meeting with the officials concerned and asked them to clear the dues as soon as possible," said the mayor who inaugurated the school on Thursday.
However, contractor C Babu, said, "BBMP officials have told me I will be paid 50% of the dues in two days. If I don't get the money, I will get a stay from court. I have been running from pillar to post for the past seven years, have been hospitalized several times but all my efforts have drawn a blank," said the contractor who's in his 70s.
When BBMP had floated the tender for the new building, the proposed cost was Rs 46 lakh, but the amount escalated to Rs 98 lakh. Of that, Rs 36 lakh is still due, the reason why BBMP was not able to reopen the school. It has 10 classrooms for primary students along with an office, washrooms and drinking water facility.
BR Chandran, a former student of the school who had been fighting for its reopening, said, "I am on top of the world today. Finally, the school has been opened for the existing students. I hope that more students take admission here and teachers are hired as soon as possible."

-Aditi Gyanesh


Aditi Gyanesh | TNN | Updated: Jun 16, 2017
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BENGALURU: Imagine a cheese cube being an inspiration for comfortable shoes, microbes in bread mould being an inspiration for a stylish building and many more from day to day activities are inspiring students to step in the world of designs.
Some of the examples of best out of day to day inspiration for designs were put on display at Vismaya Gallery at Rangoli Metro Arts Centre near MG road Metro station on Friday by 32 students of DQ labs who displayed their design quotient. These students were from class 7-12. They took imagination beyond expectations by using several design techniques like animation, 3D, sketching, folding and other short quick exercises. Student exhibitors are mainly the aspiring designers in several fields like apparel designing, jewellery, shoes, bags, architecture, etc. Their concepts are being showcased through an exhibition which will highlight Animation, Game Design, Fashion Design, Architecture, Interior Space Design etc.
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The third panel member from the state is T V Kattimani, language communication expert and vice-chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak. He hails from Koppal district in North Karnataka. Sridhar said that efforts would be made to roll out a strong educational policy.Highlighting the need for changes in the system, Sridhar told TOI, "I am happy that I have been tasked with such an important work. The country's education system needs a lot of changes and as panel members, we will discuss these issues to come out with a strong policy."

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