Belagavi: “When there is a large gathering of officials, it is Karnataka” said Prof.V.K.Natarajan, Head of Centre for Sustainable Development NITTTR, Chennai. He was addressing a 150 strong gathering of Principals and Chief Coordinators at the 3-day State Level Community Development Through Polytechnic Review Meeting at Motichand Lengade Bharatesh Polytechnic. Besides, these officials 10 Nodal Officers from all the neighbouring States were attending the event. “Such congregation of officials from different States helps in knowing the progress and plus-points of one another” he said.

            Eelebrating about the scheme-Community Development Through Polytechnic-he detailed about the various changes made recently and the thrust given by the central government under “Make-in-India” and “Skill Development Programms”. He also elaborated about how various snags, hitherto prevailing, have been cleared to make the scheme work smoothly to uplift the rural folk by developing skills in them.

            He made special reference of the State of Kerala where the scheme in implanted with lot of vigour and also to the sense of commitment among the implementing officers from Kerala.

            Shri.H.U.Talawar, Director, Department of Technical Education also present on the occasion to inaugurate the 3-day review work shop, elaborated how Karnataka ranked top in the implementation of the scheme (2nd largest state). “There are 55 Community Development Through Polytechnic centers in Karnataka as against 518 in India”. He said, “Community Development Through Polytechnic is the best scheme to teach skills to rural folk through non formal education” he said.

            Shri.R.S.Doddanavar, Secretary, Bharatesh Euducaiton Trust, passing his presidential remarks heaped accolades on the scheme “because it adds value to the polytechnic. The scheme has improved our rural penetration” he said. He also showed his pride in keeping the scheme going, even during testing times.

            He made a clarion call to the programme officers to make their voice heard by the Government, so that the bottle-necks present in the implantation & such schemes can be eliminated. He made fervent appeal towards easing of officers in the higher ranks, as most of the Government funding is taken away by their salaries and also only 55 percent of the funds reaches the be rural beneficiaries. He also made a fervent appeal to play active role to promote 1 Lakh smart villages.

            Earlier in the event Principal S.N.Tulasigeri welcomed the gathering. Vice Pricipal R.J.Patil compered the show and Shri.Siddagouda Patil Proposed Vote of Thanks.