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The distribution of the Scholarships to the needy students from the
Village to College Scholarship Program was held recently in the  “Dr.
Gabriel Fernandes Auditorium” at Smt. Rukmini Shedthi Memorial
College, Barkur. As pointed out by Principal Rajshekhar Hebbar, Rs.
64,000/- were distributed this year, the money well spent indeed.
In recognizing the impact of the program, it was through Hebbar, Fr. Remegius
Aranha, the Parish Priest of Barkur Parish, made himself available to handover the
checks to the students, in Dr. Gabriel’s absence.  Principal Hebbar and  Retired
Principal Seetharam Shetty coordinated the program, by spending plenty of their
personal time.

The Village to College Foundation is a dream project of Dr. Gabriel Fernandes
hailing from Moodahadu Village Barkur, now a prominent scientist in the USA. Every
year deserving students are screened and provided financial support to complete
the college education.
We request our visitors to feel free to spread the word, and to recommend any
deserving student, who is deprived of college education for lack of financial

Copyright Kishoo, Barkur 2002.
Distribution of Village to College Scholarships
College Building Inaugurated by CM in Barkur
The first official visit, a historical event in the history of Barkur, by Honorable Chief
Minister of Karnataka State Mr. H. D.  Kumara Swami was a remarkable one. On
Saturday, 18th  March, 2006 at around 2pm. he arrived by the helicopter from
Bangalore, and was received  by the former minister and current MLA,  Mr. K.
Jayaprakash Hedge and Mr. B. Shantharama Shetty , President, Grama Panchayath,
Barkur along with the village dignitaries.
The new building, ‘Smt. Rukmini Shedthi Memorial Government First Grade College,’
Barkur was inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister in a grand function. At the
same time, 'Dr. Gabriel Fernandes College Auditorium' was also inaugurated by Mr.
Basavaraj S. Horatti, Minister for Law, in the absence of Mr. Shankara Murthy,
Honorable Minister for Higher Education.  Dr V. S. Acharya , Minister for Medical
Education and Veterinary Sciences, and the Care taker Minister of Udupi District ,
inaugurated the new entrance.

Mr. Jayaprakash Hegde, MLA and main supporter of the college presided over the
function. Other dignitaries present were  Mrs.  Manorama Madwaraj, Member of
Parliament, Udupi,  Mrs. Shobha Nambishan, IAS, Chief Officer, Education Dept,
Govt. of Karnataka, Mr. B. N. Shankar Poojary, President,  Zilla Panchayat, Udupi; Mr.
K.S Kaveriappa, Honorable Vice Chancellor,  Mangalore Universiy; Mr. K. Prathap
Chandra Shetty & Mr. Balakrishna Bhat, MLAs, Mr.  Barkur Sudhakar Shetty, Chief
Patron and the President, College Establishment Committee, Vasudha Chemicals,
Mumbai, and Mrs. Sudhakar Shetty. Mrs. Shyamala Sudhakar, President of Taluk
Panchayath, Udupi; Mr. Bujanga Shetty, Member of Zilla Panchayath, Brahmavar;
Mr. Satish Poojary, Barkur, Member, Taluk Panchayath Udupi, Mr.  Ramananda
Shetty, President, Grama Panchayath,  Hanehalli were present on this occasion as
the special invitees.

Mr.B. Shantharama Shetty, Mrs. M. V. Jayanthi, IAS, College Education Dept.
Bangalore, Mr.V.L. Roche, President, Barkur Educational Society (Vidyabhivardhini
Sangha), Mr. K. V. Kodanda Ramaiah, Director, College Education Dept.,  Bangalore,
Mr. K. K. Nayak, Vice President, College Establishment Committee, Mr. K.
Sathyanarayana Udupa, Secretary, Founding and Welcome Committee, and Dr. W.
Linda Christi, Joint Director, Mangalore Zone, and Mr. C. Rajashekhar Hebbar,
Principal were the other dignitaries present on the dais.

This College is unique in the history of the Govt. Colleges of Karnataka State, where
facilities like land, building, furniture, equipment, or supplies etc., are to be provided
locally or to be self-supported.  Barkur Educational Society has already given 6
acres of land.   The President of the College Establishment Committee and Patron in
Chief of this College,   Mr. Barkur Sudhakar Shetty has already spent Rs. 25 Lakhs
for starting the College     and for the construction of the building.  By considering
his contribution the Government has renamed the College after his mother’s name
as “Smt. Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National Govt. First Grade College”.

The College building construction work is completed at a cost of Rs. 75,00,000.00
(Government Valuation). The College building is mainly sponsored by Mr.  B.
Sudhakar Shetty, who is the chief patron of the college, and by Dr. Gabriel
Fernandes, Moodahadu village, who was the Alumni of NJC Barkur, presently
working as the Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas
Health Science Centre at San Antonio, USA, has donated the programme hall for the
college. The hall is aptly named after him as “Dr. Gabriel Fernandes Auditorium". He
has contributed more than $12,000.00 for the college.  He has also established
Village to College foundation which provides scholarship to needy students on
merit for the last 8-10 years.  This year alone, this foundation has distributed Rs.
64,000 for the needy students.

St. Peter’s Association (Barkur), Mumbai, a prominent association of Barkurian
Catholics in Mumbai has recently contributed Rs.75,000 for the construction of a
class room.
The programme kicked off with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief minister. In his
inaugural address, he said, he is honoured to be in Barkur, a historical place. He praised
the selfless efforts of Mr. Sudhakar Shetty, Dr. Gabriel Fernandes, Mr. K. Jayaprakash
Hegde and others who were instrumental in the establishment of the college. His proposal
to provide bicycles to the female high school students from the rural areas in the near
future was well received by the crowd. He also added that in the future this college will be
given due importance and repair work of the bridge will be expedited. Mrs. and Mr.
Sudhakar Shetty were felicitated by Chief Minister.
Speaking at the occasion, Chief Patron of the College, Mr. Barkur Sudhakar Shetty
proposed Mid-day meal programme for the college students. He put forward his proposal to
the honorable chief minister and said that if the government contributes 50 per cent of the
expenditure, the college would bear the balance cost.

The main attraction of the function was mind blowing Bharathanatyam performance by
Nrithya Vidushi, Kumari Sushma M. Kamath, Barkur. Later Chief Minister felicitated her.

Mr. Shantharama Shetty, President , College Buliding Inauguration Committee, welcomed
the gathering. Mr. Jayaprakash Hegde delivered the presidential address. Mr. K.
Sathyanarayana Udupa, Secretary, Founding and Welcome Committee, was felicitated at
this juncture. Mr. C. Rajashekhar Hebbar, Principal proposed the vote of thanks. Mr.
Ramabhat Sajangadde with his usual impeccable style , conducted the proceedings. Over
3500 people from and around Barkur witnessed the history being written at Barkur.
Photo Album
News: Marina Gonsalves, Pictures: Alwyn, Mayura Digitals, Brahmavar, March 18, 2006. Barkur, India.