75 Years Old Higher Primary School Of Vaikuntapura, Needs A Makeover

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Vaikuntapura is a small village in the interiors of Shringeri Taluk, Karnataka. Sringeri is renowned to be one of the Shakti Peet established by Shankaracharya. It is also a well known educational hub of Veda gurukul and modern education. Vaikuntapura is around 5 kilometers from Sringeri town and it is at a very remote location. There is only one old government school in the area, Government higher primary school of Vaikuntapura, Sringeri Taluk.

History of school:
Government school of Vaikuntapur is one of the oldest. The school started in 1934 without any infrastructure and in a small room of a house. Later on, in 1954, the government built a school building with a single room and a single teacher. The school kept on improving later with few rooms added and strength of students increased up to 150 persons.

Right this moment, with the great influence of private institutions and without sufficient funds to improve the strength, the number of students in the school jumped down to as less as 15. The Higher primary school was on the verge of getting degraded to primary and further shut down later.

Shankarananda Y C, an alumnus of the school of Vaikuntapur. After his schooling, he completed his bachelors and got a private job in Bangalore. In the next two years, he settled down in Singapore with a high-position employment. Somewhere after 10 to 15 years, when he visited his village, he visited his old school. The school had a minimum strength and without any motive was on the verge of shutting down. Angered, Shankarananda took up the task of bringing the school back from the dead. He found out a few things.
  1. The school did not have a play school and LKG, UKG. This would further attract the kids to continue in the same school. 
  2. The infrastructure was really bad. The school had to modernize with computers and other education.
  3. The curriculum was outdated and did not follow the government’s guidelines. The private schools strictly adhered to the standards.
  4. If the school closes down, the children from the poor and weaker sections were bound to stop studying.
  5. There was a need for good teachers to join in and work for the success of the school
  6. In order to get things right, large funds would be required.

With all these aspects in mind, Shankarananda sir started with the little money he had. He had to get good teachers and eminent speakers to the school. He got further help from few of the alumni and other people who joined their hands in conducting classes. He also got a computer for the school and started teaching the students. Further volunteer bodies like “Snehahasta group” donated a few books to the children based on their need and are trying hard to raise funds.
He started classes on culture and computers in addition to the government prescribed subjects.

As per the cost estimate, just for the proper functioning of the school, it will be around Rs. 18,000 per year. Additionally salaries to the staffs. Using his contacts with alumni he was able to collect Rs. 60,000. This would suffice for only a year of operation.

Yearly estimated cost excluding salary

The overall cost is expected to increase further to have a sustainable living for the school with a permanent salary for teachers and staff. Though he called out for help from the multiple levels of the government, they have not responded favorably. The overall cost is expected to be as below:

The overall estimate for the school to run

In this struggle for survival, it would be of great help to raise certain funds for this man to sustain their beloved school of Vaikuntapura.

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Adesh donated Rs.200
10 days ago

Adesh Rao Sringeri

Santhosh donated Rs.1,001
11 days ago

This is the small help to my school

Prabhuprasad donated Rs.501
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