Collection drive of the Besant Institutions Centenary celebration was given a sanctimonious start with the blessings from Lord Hanuman of Shri Venkataraman and Hanuman Temple, Karkala. The President of Women’s National Education Society (WNES) received the “Mooldhana” from the hereditary Trustee Shri Jayaram Prabhu in the presence of Sri Anil Joshi and Shri Ravindra Puranik, the other dignitaries of the temple. Shri Annappa Nayak, Vice President, WNES, Shri Devanand Pai K, Chairman of Centenary Celebration Committee, Shri Shyamsundar Kamath, Secretary, WNES, Shri Nagar Narayan Shenoy, WNES and Shri Sathish Bhat, WNES were also present on the occasion.
Republic Day was celebrated by the management, staff and students of Besant Institutions. Chief Guest Ms. Shivani Baliga, Counselor hoisted the national flag.
Inauguration of Registration unit for old students to register and to be a part of Centenary Celebration
During the time of Carstreet Shri Venkataramana Rathotsava, Management of Besant Institution opened a registration unit for old students to register and to be a part of Centenary Celebration. Shri Kudupi Jagadish Shenoy, President of WNES inaugurated the unit and handed over a cheque of Rs.1Lakh on the spot for the proposed Centenary building. Other members of Institution and management were present during the inauguration.
Shri Manel Annappa Nayak, Vice president,WNES sponsored and distributed Centenary T-Shirt during the time of Okuli.
‘Besant Institutions are upholding the thoughts and principles of Dr.Anni Besant event to this day’: Dr. Lokesh K.M.
The British try to bring about change in India through English education. But they also try to use education as a tool to bring about western thoughts among Indians. But Annie Besant Irish Women dedicated her life for a overall development of Indians through an education that supported Indian ways of thinking. She had a deep interest about the culture and the ancient religion of Hinduism, which she studied thoroughly and developed an education system that enhanced the confidence and persona of India said, the Registrar Mangalore University, Dr. Lokesh K.M. He was speaking after inaugurating the centenary celebration of Besant Institutions held on October 1st 2017. ‘Annie Besant had a great interest in educating Indian women. Her thoughts were liberal and ideas were strong. She believed only education can improve the status of women world over. Hence she established education institutions to support to women’s empowerment. Besant Institutions are upholding the thoughts and principles of Dr.Anni Besant event to this day’ he added.
J.R. Lobo, M.L.A. said among the educated 65percent of Indian population only 51 percent are women. In states like Bihar women’s education is not considered important even today. Drastic changes have to be brought about in education system were not only the skills but also the humane values and quality of thoughts among people must be improved through education.
Captain Ganesh Karnik, the M.L.C. spoke on this occasion and said the thoughts of Annie Besant were revolutionary and the effect of her thoughts are still reverberating in education instituted she has established. Shri Jitakamanandaji Maharaj, ‘Adhyaksha’ of Ramakrishna Mutt, Mangalore, explained the value and importance of education in the changing society.
The ex-mayor of Mangalore City Corporation Kavitha Sanil was among the guests on the stage. A CD and the book about the Annie Besant were released during the occasion. Sushila Rao, Retired principal of Besant P.U. College gave a talk on Life and Thoughts of Dr. Annie Besant.
Manorama Bai, retired principal of Besant Women’s college and other retired teachers were felicitated. A documentary on Besant Institutions produced by Gautham Jyothsna, lecturer, was released.
WNES president-Kudpi Jagadish Shenoy , vice president- Manel Annappa Nayak, secretary- Shyam Sunder Kamath, retired deputy governor of RBI-Vittaldas Leeladhar, The president of Theosophical Society Narasimha Shetty, M.R. Prabhu and Dinaka Sulaya, were on the stage. The convener of centenary celebration committee Dr. Sathish Kumar Shetty gave the keynote address. K. Devananda Pai, chairman the centenary celebration committee welcomed. Dr. Meenakshi Ramachandra and Prof. Shirly Rani compeered.