ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (REGD)
Origin and Evolution of Mahajana High School
The Origin and Evolution of the present Mahajana Educational Society synchronizes with our fight for Freedom. The decade 1930, is a very eventful epoch in the growth of Indian nationalism through educational development across the country. To curb the students involvement in freedom movement Mr Memcalpine the then DPI, Mysore State stopped school admission to all the failed students in their respective class Exams. This lead to opening of many private schools. After the successful running of National High School at Bangalore, the need for founding a similar high school in Mysore was felt by the educational administrators here.
EARLY YEARS AT LAKSHMIPURAM, MYSORE.
In this regard, Sriyuths Ambale Subramanya Iyer, G.Ranganna, K.MallerajeUrs, K.L.Konheri Rao, M.Lakshminarayanarao, F.C.Devarajurs, D.B.Vishwambarayya, K.Dhanakotishsetty, M.C.Thammaiah, M.S.Shamanna, M.N.Jois, A.Suryanarayana Pundith formed a committee. They met on 12th June 1937 and decided to form Mahajana Education Society and to start a High School, in the name of Mahajana High School, signifying that this institution shall be of the common man, by the common man and for the common man true to the democratic principles prevailing then.
The School started at a spacious building at Chamundeshwari Road in Lakshmipuram, Mysore, which was offered by Sri Ambale Subramanya Iyer, free of rent. The recognition to start the school was granted by Sri N.S.Subbarao who was both the DPI in Mysore and the Vice Chancellor of Mysore University.
On 30th June 1937, the School commenced with a small strength of seventeen students, and with a team of dedicated teachers like Sriyuths Batni Krishna Rao, as Head Master and Krishnappa Kannada Pundith, M.N.Ramachandra Jois, A.R.Krishnaswamy, B.P.Vishweshwaraya, H.Ananthrao as teachers.
Also Sri G.Ranganna, Head Master of D.Banumaiah High school, assisted and offered lab facilities during spare time in the initial stages. The School functioned with English medium till 1941.
Subsequently, the elders of Vontikoppal, Sri.S.Ramarao, Sardar K.Basavaraje Urs under the guidance of Sri S.Ramaswamy appealed to the management of Mahajana High School, to shift from Lakshmipuram to Vontikoppal, as the students of this area were deprived of high school facility and citing lack of bus facilities to go to city area for high school studies. At this juncture the school committee convened a joint meeting of the residents of both Lakshmipuram and V.V.Puram and finally decided to shift the School to Vontikoppal. Thus the School started functioning at Gokulum Road near Paaparam circle at Sri Ramaswamayya's Building from I st June 1941. Here the School functioned with Kannada as medium of instruction and as a Co-educational institution which was a very bold experiment in those days. Another memorable event in this phase of the development of our Mahajana High School is the participation of its students in the Quit India Movement in 1942.
The final phase of the formative years of the development of the School resulted in acquiring a free site of 310 ft * 310 ft area with kind and generous gesture of the then Mysore City Municipal President Sri Ramachandra Rao Bhombhore and the Chief Engineer, Sri B.R.Manikyam. Another landmark was the democratisation of the entire administration of the management of the School by electing the President, Vice-President, Secretary and the Treasurer from among the committee members. Also a system of appointing the Head Master on rotation basis was evolved. Thus a teacher from among the full staff would be the Head Master for three years.
By June 1946, the entire School was shifted and all the classes were started in School's own building at its new Jayalakshmipuram Campus, i.e. where our present Mahajana High School stands. The year also marked as the commencement of vocational training classes, like tailoring classes and a hiking adventure club too. The School day celebrations followed by the old students' day became a super hit as the annual cultural and entertainment festival for the students, parents and residents of the surrounding areas. The Old student's day was even more popular for its drama and other cultural activities among the residents.
As the fee structure was minimum in those days and the fee collected was insufficient to meet the expenditure, a novel idea of collection of Deepavali funds syncronising with Deepavalli festival started in 1947. Students in batches with a teacher visited houses and business places to collect the festival funds for the salary and other School maintenance expenses. The residents welcomed and responded positively for the noble cause of this institution.
Mahajana High School has now grown into Mahajana Education Society which runs a gamut of educational institutions from nursery school to professional colleges and post-graduate institutions.
The contribution of Rattehalli Ramappa as President and H.V.Shankar Rao, as Secretary and subsequently that of Sri Vasudeva murthy.R, as resident, Late Chaduranga as Vice President and Sri Subramanya.G.S. as Secretary, must be mentioned here for this stupendous growth.
List of institutions under Mahajana Education Society:
1. Mahajana High School
2. Mahajana Public School
3. Bhagyalakshmamma Rattehalli Ramappa Mahajana P U College
4. Ranga Rao Memorial P U College
5. Mahajana First Grade College
6. Mahajana Law College
7. Mahajana D. Ed. College
8. Institute of Tourism
9. Pooja Bhagawat Memorial P G Center
10. School of Business - Proposed
Mahajana Institutions have a common sports ground and stadium named after Late Badri Prasadji.
It is proposed to install a statue of the founder, Late Ambale Subramanya Iyer in front of Mahajana High School.
Need for Alumni Association:
After completion of their studies and joining various jobs, many old students of Mahajana High School felt the need for an Alumni Association in order to meet their old classmates and teachers and to revive sweet memories. Hence an informal Mahajana High School Old Students association was formed in the year 1963, but it did not make much headway. And in 1987, during the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Mahajana Education Society, an attempt was made to enroll old students for forming an Alumni Association, by Sri Ganesh.R.V, and in 1997 during the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Mahajana Education Society; some cultural programs were conducted by the Alumni Association. However, a formal Mahajana Educational Society Alumni Association was launched in 2000 with Sri.Subramanyam.G.S. as Honorary President, Sri. Ganesh.R.V. as President and Smt. Leelavathi.B as Secretary and has been growing since then. But when compared to the total number of students who come out of the Institution every year, the present number of members is very meagre and we should strive to increase the membership.
During the course of monthly committee meetings in 2007-2008, Sri Jayachandra.V.J one of the committee member and Smt Leelavathi.B. Secretary felt the need for having a separate office building for our Alumni Association in MES premises. Sri Jayachandra.V.J assured all help from 1958 batch mates for construction of the building. The then President Ganesh.R.V. promptly acted upon the suggestion and took up the matter with MES Management and was successful in getting us a vacant space measuring 40 ft by 55ft on the right side corner of Mahajana High School premises, for this we are very thankful to the Management of Mahajana Education Society.
On 24.11.2008 the Guddali Pooje ceremony was held. Sri. Upendra Kini of 1958 batch, who is now in Dubai, donated Rs. 6 lakhs, in his and his family member's name. Sri. D.Madegowda also from the 1958 batch arranged Rs. 1.78 lakhs from his MLC Fund. Totally around Rs. 9 lakhs was donated by 1958 batch students. The Association is thankful to 1958 batch students for their solid support as promised in this endeavor. The ground floor hall of the building has been aptly named as "SUVARNA MAITHRI SABHANGANA" to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of their passing out in the year 1958.
On 23.11.2009, in a colourful function, Suvarna Maithri Sabhangana was inaugurated by
Sri Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of Isha Foundation, Coimbatore, himself an alumnus of Mahajana High School.
At the Inaugural function Sri Upendra Kini, who was the Chief Guest announced that he is willing to donate Rupees One Crore, to raise a corpus Fund and the interest accruing from the fund could be used for Educational purposes of the needy students. A noble cause indeed.
Since the ground floor was completed in time, without any monetary problem, it was decided by the Committee, to go for construction of First Floor and the work commenced. But due to untimely and unfortunate demise of. Sri.Ganesh.R.V, the President of the association, on 20th July 2010 the construction work stopped due to shortage of funds. So some of the committee members, along with President Sri Ashok Shenoy and Secretary Leelavathy.B went for a fund collection drive. But the funds collected were insufficient, and the construction work stopped.
Then Sri.Vasudeva Murthy.R, President of Mahajana Education Society and father of Sri.Ganesh.R.V, donated Rs 3 lakhs in his and family members name and work has resumed. The members of the present committee have also decided to contribute towards the building fund.
It has been decided by the committee to name the first floor, after Sri.Ganesh.R.V, who strived hard to promote the Alumni Association and the Building, as a fitting tribute. The whole building when completed will be named as "MAATRU SHAALE".
Inauguration of the First Floor & Special AGM of the Alumni Association:
The construction of First Floor Building is in full swing and the project is expected to be completed by June 2012. For completion of First floor, we may be in need of some more funds and we request members to donate liberally. After completion of first floor, it has been decided to hold a Special General Body Meeting of the Alumni Association and inauguration of the first floor of the building, probably on 30.06.2012, to commorate our School commencement day.
All the members will be informed and invited well in advance. And the Day will be remembered as a Golden Day in the annals of our Association. Surely all the old students should attend and make it a memorable day.
Now the Suvarna Maithri Sabhangana is being utilised for conducting our Alumni Association AGM's,monthly committee meetings and get together functions of our Old students. It is also being used for small functions. Photos of several Teachers who served Mahajana High School, during 1970's adore the walls of the Hall, and a visit will surely bring the old memories of the school days. It has been decided to put all the Teachers photos inside the hall in the coming days.
Objectives & Calendar of Events:
Apart from serving as a platform for all the old students to meet and interact, the Alumni Association has a goal of serving the society. Some of the activities conducted by the Association are mentioned below:
A) 30.06.2002: Celebrated School Anniversary Day and distributed note books to 25 students belonging to poorer section.
B) 20.03.2005: Mr Ashok Shenoy donated Rs 50,000/-
C) 10.12.2005: Distributed prizes to winners of Bhavageethe and Bhakthigeethe competition.
D) 23.09.2006: Distributed prizes to students who scored highest marks in Final Exams, in Mahajana Schools and Colleges.
E) 05.09.2007: Received Certificate from Registrar of Co-operative Societies for having registered our Alumni Association under Societies Act.
F) 23.12.2007: Gandhian Sri Subramanyam.G.S.our Hon. President was honoured. Distributed Prizes to winners of Drawing competition and Film Songs for Primary and High School students And prizes to students who scored highest marks in primary and High School.
G) 12.08.2011: Distributed 50 stainless steel plates and glasses to students of Government Primary School, Paduvarahalli, Mysore.
It is proposed to increase these types of social work in the coming years. It has also been decided to honour old students, who have received awards or honoured by Government/Recognised Institutions for their distinguished work in their field or for their contribution to the society. As a first step, on 11.12.2011, Sri. Kumar.G.S of 1974 batch, who received the Rajyothsava Award, was honoured by the Alumni Association at its AGM. The members are requested to forward names of distinguished old students who have received awards, along with details/photos/paper cuttings etc., so that the Association can honour them in the coming years.
The members are requested to update their postal addresses and also furnish their e-mail ID for quick and easy correspondence in future. Old students who are yet to become members are requested to become members immediately by filling the application form and remitting the requisite Membership Fee.
The Association solicits contributions from its Alumni for its various activities.
Members/old students may contact us by mail also.
Suggestions/Ideas to upgrade this Web Page from members are most welcome.
The Association acknowledges the help rendered by Sri Sunil Rao (of 1974 batch) in bringing out this website.
Jai Karnataka Mathe.