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VV Sangha History

A BRIFE HISTORY OF VEERASAIVA VIDYAVARDHAKA SANGHA, BALLARI.

 

Sangha as the Banyan Tree:

            The idea of establishing Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha inBallari,was proposed in 5th All India VeerasaivaMahasabha which was held in Ballari in the year 1909 from 27th to 30thDecember. Sangha started with the blessings and guidance of Sri. H.H. HanagalKumarswamygal and H.H.Jagadguru Sri.SiddhalingaShivacharyaSwamiji of Ujjaini. It has been formally registered as ‘Madras Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha’ on March 7th 1918 under the Presidentship of Sri. KowthaldaGurushanthappa and Vice-Presidentship of Sri.TogariVeeramallappa. It was later changed to ‘Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha’ Ballari, when the district was merged with Mysore State in 1933. The activities of Sangha began with providing free hostel for Boys of Veerasaiva Community at Sri. SakkariKaradappaChowki and later at Gandhi Nagar with the help of TogariVeeramallappa.

            Right from the inception, the Sangha has concentrated its efforts in the most needed and vital areas. It is proud on the part of us to name some.

  • Service to Kannada
  • Women Education
  • Primary Education
  • High School and Higher Education
  • Rural Education
  • Technical Education.

 

The Sangha stood for secular values, Non Commercial attitude and absolute selfless motive. It dedicated itself to above said areas and fulfilled the dreams of Ballari district people in an astonishing and rapid way. We wish to quote few examples where Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha has done yeoman service in each of these fields.

Service to Kannada:

The Sangha strived to develop Kannada language in this part of Karnataka. In 1920’ s, though Kannada Speaking Community was in majority, there were only Telugu medium Schools and not even one Kannada Medium School in the entire district. VeerasaivaVidyavardhakaSangha, started Heeradasugamma Kannada Primary School on 8th of April in 1924. This was the greatest contribution of the Sangha to the state. This helped in ultimate inclusion of Ballari in Karnataka and also shows Sangha’s commitment towards primary education from its inception.                                                                                       

First College in the Area:

Another long felt need of this area was higher education. There was no college at all in the entire district. Only affluent could go to other places, what about the poor? In 1942 on the occasion of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, it committed itself to contribute in the area of higher education and fulfill the need of Ballari district. For that it needed whooping three lakh rupees, hundred acres of land and a spaciousbuilding. Sangha dared with the help of community. The result is the birth of VeerasaivaCollege in 1945. It had to face innumerable hurdlesto make dream come true.By 1956 – a massive 101 acres ofalienated land was obtained from Government and a College was established for fulfilling the educational needs of generations ofBallari citizens.

This was possible with enormous efforts of Sri. Y. Mahabaleswarappa and sympatheticVice-Chancellor of Madras University Sri. LaxmanaSwamyMudaliar and also innumerable munificent donors. Soon, Ballari got another high school, with the generous donation of entire property by SetraMariyamma–it was the first Kannada Medium School established under private management named SetraGurushanthappa high School.

            From this stage onwards, the Sangha was firmly on its saddle and could do much more in other areas which it has committed long back i.e., women education, rural education and Technical Education.

Women Education:

            With a motive to educate women, it has opened AllumSumangalamma College for women in Ballari in the year 1969 for which Sri. AllumKaribasappa donated one lakh rupees. It has also constructed a hostel, which helped scores of parents to send their daughters for higher education without any worry. It is the greatest service by Sangha for the progress of Women. The Sangha has also opened a high School exclusively for girls by name Kittur RaniChennammaHigh School.

The Stage of Expansion:

            Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha has never shown any kind of Commercial motive neither in running its schools nor expanding its territory. The territorial expansion is always in the most unprofitable areas i.e., the most rural areas of Ballari district. The Shining examples of this attitude are VijayanagarCollege, Hospet, KottureswaraCollege, Kottur, GangavathiBhagyammaRuralCollege, HuvinaHadagali, AmbliDoddaBaramappaCollege, Harapanahalli. All these colleges contributed a lot    in giving quality education at P.U and Degree level to the poorest of the poor of rural areas. It has also opened high schools at kudithini, Tambrahalli, Munirabad all of them developed into Junior Colleges. These Colleges have emerged because of large liberal donations by Veerasaiva Community People and others of those areas for the sake of Society.

All this expansion within the span of a few years was possible by the able guidance of Sri. AllumKaribasappa and Sri. N. Thippanna, President and Secretary of Sangha respectively at that time and also with the enthusiasm of Sri. D. Mariyappa, who was the then Principal of Veerasaiva College, Ballari.

Few colleges have celebrated golden jubilee like Veerasaiva College in 1996, Vijayanagar Composite Junior College, Munirabad, HaraginadoniBasavanagouda High School, Kudithini, Kotturswamy College of Education, Ballari and Vijayanagar College, Hospet in 2014.V. V. Sangha further extended its services to the rural folk of the district by providing higher and technical education for almost half a century now.

 

TECHNICAL EDUCATION:

            Apart from these achievements, Sangha also took care of technical education to help the youth to forge into international competition. Some of these institutions are Kotturswamy College of Education, Ballari, VunkiSannaRudrappa Law College, Ballari,TogariVeeramallappa Pharmacy College, Ballari, named after TogariMallappa in grateful recognition of his donation of land on which present Women’s College is located. The other big step in technical education is opening of Vijayanagar Engineering College, Ballari in 1980. It has been renamed as RaoBahadurYechareddyMahabaleshwarappa Engineering College, in short RYMEC, Ballari in recognition of that great soul who was instrumental in planting this great Banyan tree called Veerasaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha educational institutions far back in 1948 by getting 101 acres of land for Veerasaiva College, recognition from Madras University for the college and magnificent building by collecting more than three lakh rupees at that time. It is a great honour for the great soul to name the technical college on his name. It is one of the leading engineering institutions in the state, having M.Tech courses in various branches.

            The Sangha has opened another Engineering College in Hospet by name ProudadevarayaInstitute of Technology in Hospet. It catered to the needs of the students of the interior talukas of Ballari district. V. V. Sangha has given general, technical, professional education to the interior parts of Ballari district keeping in mind poor rural students. It shows the service oriented vision of the V. V. Sangha. It never thought of running the institutes for money but for the quality and service.

Apart from Engineering, Education and Pharmacy it has entered into the field of Management studies. It has opened M.B.A College by name Vijayanagar Institute of Management, Ballari. Later, it has been renamed as AllumKaribasapppa Institute of Management, in short AKIMS, in recognition of his services for V. V. Sangha for a life time. He was instrumental in protecting and making this ‘Banyan Tree’ grow strong over the years. AllumKaribasappa was a visionary who could establish chain of institutions of higher education across the district. AKIMS has a well equipped, sprawling building with state of art facilities for Management institute.

Post Graduate courses – Further Expansion:

Taking the note of need of Post Graduate Courses, Sangha responded to the need of the society. It has opened MBA Course in RYMEC affiliated to Vishveshvaraiah Technological University, Belgaum. Almost all of its institutes of higher education have stepped into the arena of Post graduate education. RYMEC has opened a separate wing of Master of Computer Applications (MCA) with excellent faculty and lab facilities. Later it has successfully launched Post-graduate wing with variousM.Tech courses in branches like Production Management, Thermal Power Engineering,Computer Science, E&CE and Civil Engineering. It is emerging as a research centre par excellence.

Kotturswamy College of Education is offering M.Ed Course in this wing. It is one of the best colleges in the state in the field of education.

In general Higher Education, Veerasaiva College, Ballari has started various PG courses like M.Sc in Computers, M.Sc in General Chemistry, M.A in English and M.Com courses.                                 

Vijayanagar College also stepped in the Post Graduate wing by introducing courses likeM.Sc in Physics, M.Sc in Computer Science, M.Sc in Chemistry, M.A in English, M.A in Economics and M.Com courses. Kottureswara College, Kottur,though it is a rural college is not lagging behind in its expansion. It has opened M.Com course and is planning for M.Sc in Mathematics and M.Sc in Chemistry. SmtAllumSumangalamma College for women, Ballari has opened M.Com and M.Sc Computer Science under Womens’ University, Bijapur.

            Within no time, all the degree colleges have developed into the institutes of Post graduate courses and within near future V. V. Sangha will have institutes of higher learning which offer research courses like Ph.Ds. they will be research centers par excellence in near future.

In TogariVeeramallappa Pharmacy College, Pharma.D course has been opened. It is a higher research degree in the field of Pharmacy offered in a very few colleges across the state.

  1. V. Sangha has stepped into corporate education by opening V. V. Sangha’s Independent P.U. College where it caters to the needs of very bright students who aspire for Medical and IIT courses through All India Entrance Exams within affordable fees.
  2. V. Sangha is providing qualitative educational facilities to the community from KG to PG on service motive responding to the needs of the people of the region. It is the great ‘Banyan Tree’ of conglomeration of educational institutions.

            The Sangha is ever expanding, growing and consolidating in the Services of mankind for the past 95 years. It is now maintaining 42 Educational Institutes and hostels. It is not a small achievement. It has travelled from one Kannada School in service of State to this enormous conglomeration of 42 Institutes in service of the Nation. It is the service of one century. So, it is on the verge of celebrating joyful centenary celebrations.

            It is now presently running under the able Presidentship of
Sri. AllumBasavaraj and Sri.YechareddySatish as Vice–President and
Sri.NadagoudraRudragouda as Secretary, Sri.IgolChidananda as Joint Secretary and Sri.MundasadaMuppanna as Treasurer.

            The Sangha has taken utmost care to provide all necessary infrastructures to each and every institute. With this rich historical and academic background, the Sangha is looking forward to adapt itself to the needs of changing society by adding new, useful courses time to time in the service of community.

 

 

 

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