Education begins at home and flourishes in schools, so it’s important that educational institutions focus on providing quality education while being inclusive, said Sahitya Akademi awardee Dr. M. Veerappa Moily, former Chief Minister of Karnataka at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Bharatesh Education Trust (BET)
He spoke as the chief guest at the function to inaugurate the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Bharatesh Education Trust (BET). Moily was also honored for winning the Sahitya Akademi Award for his epic poem ‘Bahubali Ahimsa Digvijayam’ which he wrote at the Mahamastakabhishek celebrations of Shravanabelagola at the behest of P. P. Swastishri Charukirti Bhattarak Swamiji. The Trust also named its Bharatesh Central School (CBSE) Halaga in memory of Smt. Sarojini Jinadatta Desai, the wife of its Chairman Dr. Jinadatta Desai, is a much-celebrated and honored poet and retired district judge.
Expressing his deep thoughts, Dr. Moily spoke at length about his life and the role of education and that of his mother in shaping it. I am a man of the time, he said, adding that grabbing the future alone is in our hands. BET felicitated three of its illustrious alumni, MLA Abhay Patil (Belagavi South), Former MLA (Belagavi rural) Sanjay Patil and Chikodi Sadalga MLA Ganesh Hukkeri who lauded the efforts of BET and committed to contributing to the development of the growing organization.
MLA (Belagavi rural) Laxmi Hebbalkar reminisced the founders of BET and committed to contributing to its social projects. The function also saw BET honoring its alumni of Smt. J. R. Doddanavar Bharatesh High School, Halaga who have risen to grace high positions in India and abroad. Uday Jinnappa Chougule (Asst. Executive Engineer, BBMP) Madhukesh Bilgoji (South East Asia and Pacific Head, 3M Corp) and Maruti Appayya Punnaji (Singapore) were felicitated. Pramod Patil, a Civil contractor who offered free services for the ground, and Sunil Hanmannavar elected as General Secretary of Congress (Karnataka) were also honored. Former Chairman Gopal Jinagouda reminisced about the early beginnings of Bharatesh.
Secretary, BET Shripal Khemalapure welcomed the guests and spelled out the highlights of this function. Member of Managing Committee Vinod Doddanavar traced the legacy of Bharatesh, its strengths including a robust scholarship fund and presented the roadmap for the future including its ambitious plans for the next 5 years. The Trust has committed to adopt 2 villages in the days to come for complete socio-economic development and also initiate one award for a distinguished person from Belagavi in the field of education, literature, art, or social service. A host of events for the Diamond Jubilee year have been planned.
The Trust has also adopted a new identity replete with a brand new logo which was inaugurated at the function. Dr. Jinadatta Desai lauded the poet-politician Moily and expressed his desire to see BET scaling new heights in education and social service in the decades to come. Treasurer (BET) Bhushan Mirji proposed the vote of thanks. The event was hosted by Swatee Jog and Nadeem Sanadi. A huge gathering of staff, past and present teachers, students, and well-wishers thronged for this special function held at the Halaga campus.