Mangaluru, Dec 20, 2016: MangaluruSpeaking at the programme on the 51st death anniversary of U S Mallya, organised by the Konkani Bhas ani Samskriti Prathishtana, Vishwa Konkani Kendra and Kannada and Culture Department on Dec 19, Monday, Nitte University chancellor N Vinay Hegde, said achievements of Late Ullal Srinivas Mallya should be included in the school curriculum to inspire the students. He said, "Mallya was the architect of modern Mangaluru. Having had a close affinity with the then Central government, Mallya immensely contributed towards the development of Mangaluru," said Hegde. He said that many Konkani speaking community members were responsible for the progress of the district. They have made their names in banking, industry, commerce and education sectors.
He went to say it was Mallya’s vision that saw the construction of the New Mangalore Port, airport, National Highway and most importantly Karnataka Regional Engineering College (upgraded as National Institute of Technology, Karnataka) in Mangaluru. He is regarded as ’Maker of Modern Mangaluru.’ There is a need to inform the present generation about the simplistic virtues that Mallya followed as an elected representative.
Padil Junction : Vishwa Konkani Kendra president Basthi Vaman Shenoy said that Srinivas Mallya had a close relationship with Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri. A bust of Mallya will come up at Padil junction, which will be named after Mallya.
Mayor Harinath concurred that Mallya, who was known for values in politics, was responsible for the development of Mangaluru.
Thirteen students who had won prizes in essay competition on the topic ’Life and Achievement of Ullal Srinivas Mallya’, were given awards. Ananya of SDM English Medium School won first place while Anwitha of the same school won second place and Deeksha Gatti of St Aloysius School won third place.
Konkani Bhas ani Samskriti Prathishtana vice president Kudpi Jagadeesh Shenoy and a good number of public graced the occasion.