Mangaluru, Dec 13, 2016 : Mangaluru residents Renita and Shamitha and Kadaba residents Fauziya and Sameera K who have rendered significant services by offering education to the deprived sections in rural areas through their institutions, have been chosen for the Mangaluru Press Club Awards for the year 2016-17.
The Jury headed by Prof. B. A. Viveka Rai and comprising Sadananda Suvarna and Prof. Rita Noronha have chosen them for the Awards.
The Award presentation ceremony would be held on the occasion of Press Club Day celebrations to be held at Scouts and Guides Bhavan Hall on December 18 at 10.30 am. DK District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai will present the awards carrying a cash prize of Rs 10,001 each, citation and memento.
Two decades of educational service by Renita- Shamitha : These two outstanding young women, upon completing their graduation from a college in Mangaluru in 1995 have taken up the task of educating the deprived sections of the society by offering education right from LKG to II PUC. The two young women had initially started as school at Ramanagara near Bengaluru in 1996. When the school closed down owing to some reasons, they decided to start a school with LKG and Standard I classes near an Anganavadi Centre at Shankernarayana in Kundapur. When there was shortage of space in the school, they contacted the Shankernarayana Gram Panchayat President who rented out the GS Acharya Ranga Mandir for a monthly rent of Rs 300. The Mother Teresa School which was thus started in 1998 with just 12 students is presently offering education for nearly 1050 students right from LKG to II PUC. Children of labourers from nearly 42 villages as well as from Mangaluru, Shivamogga and Bengaluru are studying in this school.
A school for drop-outs by Fauziya and Sameera : The two young women from Kadaba in Puttur taluk after completing their post-graduation from Mangalore University in 2012, started AIMS School for those students who have dropped out of SSLC and PUC classes, by hiring a small building at Mandekara in Kadaba. They then sought permission from Mangalore University to start a degree college and thus the AIMS First Grade College commenced at Kadaba with a student strength of 180. Today it has emerged as an institution which has been offering education to rural students from economically backward families, thanks to their great determination and will power.