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    Shamitha and Renita thought outside the box during 1995 and established Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust

    Shamitha and Renita thought outside the box during 1995 and established Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust

    Mangaluru :

    A school started with just 12 students on an open stage by these two young women two decades back, has grown from strength to strength and now imparts knowledge to around 1,167 students – that too exclusively from rural areas.

    This wouldn’t have been possible if Shamitha Rao and Renita Lobo, educated in Mangaluru city, had not set their priorities right – to educate the rural children.

    Being women, they thought outside the box during 1995 and in spite of struggles and humiliation, the duo were successful in establishing Mother Teresa Memorial Education Trust in Shankarnarayana, Udupi district. The education institution , which is 110 kms away from Mangaluru, empowers rural children with education.

    “It all began during 1995, after our graduation we were sent to a village named Siddapur in Kundapur Taluk to serve in a private school which had just started. That was for the first time we were exposed to rural environment – Rural school, rural people, and hardly any access to quality education. Being born and brought up in Mangaluru city, it was very hard for us to accept that life where little ones were so much deprived of basic quality education. We served in that school for two years after which our parents wanted us to come back to Mangaluru. One evening when we were packing up all our belongings, some parents came to us with gratitude and said they did not want us to go. Meanwhile, our house owner suggested us to open our own school. We both looked at each other’s face. That night we knelt and prayed to God and decided firmly to open a school which could be afforded by any section of the society. We wanted to educate the children of the uneducated parents unlike other schools who wanted to teach only the educated parents’ children,” recall Shamita and Renita.

    Shamitha and Renita, 40, graduated from St Agnes College, Mangaluru and pursued MA through distance education from University of Mysuru.

    Shankarnarayana amidst forest area is economically backward and nearby village areas are affected by Naxalites. “We were looking for a place which is small and backward. There was a call from within to start the school here as this was a very small village with small population of not more than 10,000 people. We started everything from scratch. We were very young to make a great plan with a big budget. We knew only thing that we wanted to teach the small children in the best way possible. This small beginning has a great ending.

    In 1998, we hired an open stage from village Panchayat on a nominal rent. In the hall we accommodated two classes (LKG & UKG) for 12 students. For the other expenses we used our little savings of two years. Today institution has grown till PUC II with good results,” said the duo sharing their tale.

    The institution is known to be one of the best in Udupi district. Every year more than 75% of the students come out with distinction. This year in district, the school is in the top most positions by QPI (quality Progressive Innings) in SSLC result. Even in PUC out of 5 years’ results, thrice they have secured cent percent.

    People, family mocked us:

    It was not a cake-walk for Shamita and Renita during their initial days. “People mocked us saying that we will close the institution after three or four years. Meanwhile, our families too did not support our ideas. Even government officials during school documentation works kept on pestering and harassing us because we were two young women with no prior experience. But the constant support from donors, especially Bishop of Mangalore Most Rev Aloysius Paul D’Souza kept us going to reach our goal,” they said.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City> Bangalore / by Kevin Mendonsa / TNN / March 07th, 2017

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    Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.

    Mowgli’s jungle, where his friends and enemies walked and prowled, was largely created on a few computer screens in Bengaluru.

    It was on a few computer screens in Bengaluru that a blue screen at Hollywood was transformed into a rich canvas of dense forests that hosted the tense drama of Disney’s The Jungle Book.

    A significant part of the film, which took home the award for Best Visual Effects during the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, was done in Bengaluru, where nearly 300 engineers — out of nearly 800 spread across LA and London — built and provided the finishing touches to a jungle world where Mowgli, his friends and enemies walked and prowled.

    “The film was extremely challenging and would be a huge benchmark for visual effects. We had childhood attachments too, for ‘Jungle Book’ is an Indian story. We always hope for the best, but an Oscar is the icing on the cake,” says Amit Sharma, head of compositing at MPC Studio Bengaluru, which was the lead VFX studio for the film.

    The mandate given to them was to render a photo-real world, where 224 unique animals would be “captured in their surroundings” as if they were roped in for the film.

    Two teams scoured through six forests of south and central India, through three seasons, covering nearly 18,000 km. The result was 20 TB of information and four lakh photographs rendering a landscape, from the rocks to the waterfalls, ferns to pebbles.

    “The ‘man-village’ inspiration came from rural Rajasthan, the wolf caves from Badami caves, Banyan trees from Goa, and elephants from those seen at Periyar… these were the references, but everything was created from scratch,” said Mr. Sharma.

    From LA to Bengaluru

    From Los Angeles, the Oscar statue is expected to come straight to Bengaluru, where the engineers will be given a chance to party with it, said Biren Ghose, executive director of MPC Bengaluru. Engineers in the city had previously played a role in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi in 2012, apart from rendering the graphics for at least six other films nominated for the Academy Awards over the years.

    “The complexity, technology and technique used was far beyond Life of Pi because of the scale we were looking at — an entire world that was a crossover of animation and visual effects. All of which was created to an extent that the line between reality and computer-generated characters became blurred… at one point, even Mowgli was computer-generated, and the audience did not know it,” said Mr. Ghose.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Bengaluru / by Staff Reporter / Bengaluru – February 28th, 2017

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    February 27th, 2017adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, World Opinion

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    Of late, Bengaluru has been playing host to a number of initiatives that primarily focus on a cultural exchange between India and Japan.

    Cut to the latest, the city witnessed the second chapter of the All Women World Arts Festival.

    Presented by International Arts and Culture Foundation, the event aimed at women empowerment and promote arts and culture. During the cultural evening, audiences were treated to a host of music and dance performances.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> Entertainment> Events> Bangalore / TNN / February 27th, 2017

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    February 23rd, 2017adminEducation, Records, All, World Opinion
    David Wash-brook: History of princely states do not feature in the larger Indian narrative, says Cambridge professor

    David Wash-brook: History of princely states do not feature in the larger Indian narrative, says Cambridge professor

    Mysuru :

    Professor of world history at the prestigious Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, David Washbrook said that the history of princely states – territories that entered into Lord Wellesley’s treaty of subsidiary alliance – had been relegated to the marginalia in the larger narrative of India’s modern nationhood.

    Prof Washbrook on Friday delivered the keynote address during the Prof Achuta Rao memorial international conference at the Rani Bahaddur auditorium within the University of Mysore (UoM) premises on ‘Power, resistance and sovereignty in princely South India’. Organised by UoM, and the Prod DS Achuta Rao Centenary Programme, the conference saw discussion on the past and present of the princely states.

    DS Achuta Rao was a professor of history at UoM, whose research into Mysuru’s past earned him accolades aplenty. Prof Achuta Rao passed away in 1965, aged 47. The conference was organised as part of a series of events to commemorate his centenary this year.

    Washbrook opined that the Indian National Congress was so focused on fighting the British that it ignored the princely states till 1930. “They were then subsumed into a programme designed to obliterate their difference. Also, given the circumstances that prevailed in the early years of independence – partition and accession of states – also made post-independent India instinctively hostile to the traces of princely privilege and power. Perceived as feudal relics, India’s maharajas were meant to fade into history, while the societies they held dominion over were meant to blend into a single, homogenous and continuous national modernity,” he added.

    Although the princely states, and their rulers, did not essay prominent roles in the political struggle against colonialism, particularly after 1857, they led the country in terms of social development, Washbrook said. “The strides these territories made in education, public health and other sectors put the backwardness of British India to shame. It’s scarcely a coincidence that cities such as Bengaluru and Vadodara, which were part of erstwhile princely states, should be leading centres of science and industry today. The history of the princely states may be more relevant to understanding India in the 21st century than it ever was in the 20th,” Washbrook said.

    Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Janaki Nair delivered a talk on ‘The making of the modern Mysore Matha’, while associate professor at the University of Tokyo Aya Ikegame lectured on ‘Was power transferred to whom? Princes and gurus in modern Mysore’, at the conference.

    UOM registrar Prof R Rajanna also inaugurated an exhibition on the life and works of DS Achuta Rao.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Mysore News / TNN / February 18th, 2017

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    Masterpiece Students working on artist John Devaraj’s artwork at the Indian Agricultural Science Congress in Bengaluru on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

    Masterpiece Students working on artist John Devaraj’s artwork at the Indian Agricultural Science Congress in Bengaluru on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

    Titled tree of life, artist attempts to enter Guinness Book of World Records

    The sprawling campus of the University of Agricultural Sciences-Bengaluru is set to have a 29-ft-tall terracotta tree, which is claimed to be the world’s tallest terracotta structure.

    Bengaluru-based artist John Devaraj is trying to create the tree, titled ‘tree of life’, with the involvement of scientists and students of the university. Mr. Devaraj plans to seek entry for this structure into the Guinness Book of World Records.

    The process of creating the tree of life has begun at the Indian Agricultural Science Congress, where nearly 2,000 scientists are deliberating on the theme ‘climate smart agriculture’. The creators of the tree are not only getting mud impressions of leaves from different species of trees on the university campus, but also the signatures of scientists on it. “It is like an endorsement from scientists and dignitaries that they would commit themselves to protecting farmers,” says B.N. Sathyanarayana, university Head of Horticulture Division, who is co-ordinating the artwork.

    Mr. Devaraj said: “Our tree of life tries to send a message that the society will stand by farmers when the agriculture sector is going through crisis,” he says.

    The artist has also come out with two paintings on either side of the entrance to the venue. While one depicts the bountifulness of nature, which was extracted by humans, the other represents a sorry state of affairs in which a farmer is being crucified to his plough.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by B S Satish Kumar / February 23rd, 2017

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    The team of students from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire, receiving the Guinness certificate at Dharmasthala recently.

    The team of students from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire, receiving the Guinness certificate at Dharmasthala recently.

    SDMIT Cubers, a team of students from SDM Institute of Technology, Ujire, recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the ‘Largest Dual-sided Rubik’s Cube Mosaic’, measuring 14,981 sq m and involving 4,500 Rubik’s Cubes.

    Led by Prithveesh K., a final-year engineering student, the team attempted the record on October 2 last year at the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, Ujire. Mr. Prithveesh said the mosaic was constructed vertically, depicting images — of Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean — on both the sides using 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cubes. The team began working at 7.30 a.m. and completed the 15-foot mosaic around 2.30 p.m.

    Mr. Prithveesh said Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D. Veerendra Heggade had offered financial support for their effort, which was also backed by SDM Society secretary B. Yashovarma and SDMIT principal K. Suresh. The certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records was received on February 15 and handed over to the team members by Mr. Heggade recently.

    The team also included Sharathkrishna K., Viresh Baragi, Shantinath Bharatesh Khurd, Shivakumar T., Prajwal Patil, Vinay T., Swapnil A. Arali, Prahlad M.M., Harikrishna V., Shayeel S. Naik, Sathwik S. Paranjape, Stephen K.A., Madhur G., Karthik M., Mallanagouda Meti, Sujay Suresh, Sanjaya Holla, Rohan R. Gumathanavar and Shiva H..

    Mr. Prithveesh said he has been promoting ‘cubing’ through various workshops and he entered the India Book of Records for training 500 students in solving different kinds of Rubik’s Cubes in 2015. He hails from Cherkady village in Udupi district and is the son of agriculturist Shyam Prasad.

    He said, “I want to make Rubik’s Cube more popular in India and hope to create another Guinness record at my home town Udupi.”

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Karnataka / by Special Correpondent / Mangaluru – February 23rd, 2017

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Bengaluru had its first date with an air show 106 years ago
    • In 1911, Jules Wyck and Belgian adventurer Baron Pierre De Caters were the two pilots who brought their aircraft to Bengaluru

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    Bengaluru :

    As the curtains were drawn on the 11th edition of Aero India on Saturday, thousands who thronged the Yelahanka Air Force Station need to know that they are not the first patrons of such a show. In fact, they are not even the first generation.

    Bengaluru, India’s aviation capital, had its first date with an air show106 years ago. February 3, 1911. Cricket hadn’t become the religion it is today in India. The Chinnaswamy Stadium was a barren land, and parts of Bengaluru were still a functional cantonment.

    While people from districts neighbouring Bengaluru had made their way back then to catch what the organizers had called a “miracle in the skies,” Bengaluru’s quest for the flying machines remained intact in 2017 with at least three lakh people reported to have visited the aero show.

    In 1911, Jules Wyck and Belgian adventurer Baron Pierre De Caters were the two pilots who brought their aircraft to Bengaluru, for a show that garnered a huge response. “But police had been prepared to handle the crowd here, after things had gotten slightly out of hand in Kolkata,” historian Vemagal Somashekar said.

    If the elaborate preparations of the organizers a century ago are any indication then it only shows that a lacklustre event, like the 2017 edition of Aero India — just 53 aircraft on display and four aerobatic display teams — may fail to garner similar response in the coming years.

     

    (The poster in Urdu, issued by merchants and businessmen from the Baidwadi (present day Shivajinagar) area. Photo Credit: fly.historicwings.com)

    (The poster in Urdu, issued by merchants and businessmen from the Baidwadi (present day Shivajinagar) area. Photo Credit: fly.historicwings.com)

    The fact that organizers did not reveal the right number of aircraft at Aero India 2017 is an indication that even they know it. When TOI enquired about the details of the show and the preparations in the run-up to the show, Mayaskar Deo Singh, director, Defence Exhibition Organisation, the nodal government agency organizing the show said: “An official release with final numbers on participation and other details will be issued so that there is no confusion.”

    The official release days before the show had claimed that the number of aircraft participating would be 72, as many as the 2015 show, rated much better, had seen. Answering a specific question, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, however, had said on February 14: “There are 53 aircraft participating…”

    Also, there are ways to watch the show for free, hundreds of citizens who stood with their cameras on terraces, the highway, some even got hospitality at villages around the air base.

    But organizers in 1911 had figured out a plan for such free viewers. A poster in Urdu, issued by merchants and businessmen from the Baidwadi (present day Shivajinagar) area, reveals that the organizers, who had learnt that people would not buy tickets as they thought planes could be spotted even otherwise, had organized the show in such a way that only those with tickets (worth 25 paise each) had a one-hour exclusive.

    “…Between 3.30pm and 4.30pm the planes will fly at a height of just 30 metre which only the ticket holders can see. For a few minutes after 4.30pm, the planes will fly a little higher,” reads a translation of the poster documented by the state archives department.

    Mustafa Khan (mandi merchants, Ibrahim Sahib Street); Abdul Razak (businessman, Modi Road); Ibrahim Sahib (Meenakshi Kovil Street), Abdul Razak Sahib (steel merchant, Narayan Pillai Street) and Mastan Khan from Baidwadi (present day Shivajinagar) were the men who had signed off on the poster —they are an indication of how Bengaluru had a good trade set-up.
    While TOI got a look at the poster, permission to take a photograph was denied. The poster, which has been sourced from fly.historicwings.com, further reveals as Somashekar had pointed out.

    Police had been ordered to patrol major roads leading to the venue such as South Parade Road (now MG Road), Brigade Road and Church Street and even in Cubbon Park.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> News> City News> Bangalore News / Chethan Kumar, TNN / February 20th, 2017

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    The Sustainable Development Forum and the Pune-based Kirloskar Vasundara Institution are jointly organizing a two-day international environment film festival — Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival — that begins today at the Srujana Rangamandira in Dharwad .

    The aim of the film festival, which is being held in Dharwad for the first time, is to create awareness and concern for the environment. A film show, lectures and debate by the scholars will all be held at the film festival.

    Social and environmental worker, Shivaji Kaganikar, from Belagavi, will inaugurate the film festival, at which he will be presented the Vasundhara Award. The Vasundara Mitra will be presented to the Pampayya Malesamath of Hampi.

    In the run-up to the fest, several competition, with the environment as a theme, were held in the schools and colleges of Hubballi and Dharwad.
    FILMS TO BE SCREENED AT THE FILM FEST

    February 18

    • India’s Western Ghats
    • Nagarhole
    • Varasa
    • Miracle Water Village
    • Orange Pennant
    • Dholera Sir
    • Don’t Buy Trouble
    • Story of Bottled Water
    • Not in my Backyard
    • All is Well
    • Umed
    • North Eastern Diaries
    • Vedavati Rejuvenation

    February 19 

    • Kali River
    • Guppies Journey
    • Future Starts Today
    • Climate Solver Boond
    • Blocks of Green
    • Towards Sustainable Living
    • Tiger Queen
    • A Plea form Himalaya
    • I Matter
    • Together Possible
    • Crazy on the Rocks
    • Living with Change
    • The Bitter Truth
    • Crabs of Karwar
    • Pakke Paga
    • Khet Chhorab Nahi
    • Path to Resilience
    • Hamburg

    — Manjunath Somaraddi

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Hubli News / TNN / February 18th, 2017

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    Bengaluru :

    Bengaluru has emerged as the biotech startup capital of India -it’s home to 190 ventures out of the 1,022 set up in the past five years, according to a study by the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE).

    The National Capital Region (NCR) comes second with 164, followed by Mumbai and Hyderabad with 163 and 160, respectively. The study finds that $2.6 billion of private equity investments went into these companies, with $851 million coming in 2015 -the highest in a year so far. The segment also received government grants and funds from HNIs.

    “This is good news and we are aiming to double this number with the ABLE Startups 2020 initiative to take the count to 2020 companies by the year 2020 and $5 bil lion of investments,” ABLE president PM Murali said.The study observed that 3,000 new entrepreneurs emerged between 2012 and 2016 in the biotech sector and at least a third of them were women. The bio-pharma sec tor continues to dominate the indus try, accounting for 57% share of the companies formed, followed by bioresearch (16%), bio-agri (10%), and bio-industrial (9%). Of the total, about 40% of the companies were involved in manufacture of products and ingredients, and 16% were into research and experimental development.

    The study observed that the government’s startup policy, funds allocated for the sector, and presence of bio-incubators such as C-Camp and Bangalore Bioinnovation Centre were helping the sector to grow.

    Of the 1,022 new startups, 104 were formed in 2016, 367 during 2014 and 2015. Another 551 companies were established between 2012 and 2014.

    Biocon chairman and MD, Kiran MazumdarShaw, also ABLE honorary chairman, said ABLE is initiating a mentoring cell of senior industry leaders to guide the next generation of biotech entrepreneurs.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Bangalore News / TNN / February 2017

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    Indian National Congress ignored Princely States till 1930s, says Prof. David Washbrook of Cambridge University.

    A two-day Prof. Achuta Rao Memorial International Seminar on ‘Power, Resistance and Sovereignty in Princely South India’ (with special reference to the transfer of power) began at the Rani Bahadur Auditorium, BN Bahadur Institute of Management Studies in city this morning.

    The event is being organised under the joint auspices of the Department of Studies in History, University of Mysore and Prof. D.S. Achuta Rao Centenary Programme, Bengaluru. The seminar is a being held as part of the centenary celebrations of Prof. Achuta Rao, who served as a History lecturer in Maharaja’s College in city from 1950 to 1960 and then as a Professor at Manasagangothri till his death in 1965.

    The key-note address on “The Princely States and the making of Indian Modernity” at the event was delivered by Prof. David Washbrook, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge University. David also taught at Warwick, Oxford and Harvard Universities and his special interest is South India between 18th and 21st centuries on which he has published extensively.

    Addressing the gathering, Prof. Washbrook said that the Princely States have focused on struggle against the British rule. “In education, public health, industry and commerce, certain of the Princely States (notably, Mysore, Travancore, Baroda and even Hyderabad) have led the country in social development and put backwardness and stagnation of British India to shame,” he said.

    “The Indian National Congress ignored the Princely States till the 1930s and then subsumed them under a programme designed to obliterate their ‘difference’. The difficult circumstances of partition and accession also made post-independent India instinctively hostile to the traces of princely privilege and power. Reviled as feudal relics, India’s Maharajas were meant to fade into history and the societies over which they ruled to blend into a single, homogeneous and continuous national modernity,” Prof. David said.

    After 1857, princely India may have played little public role in the political struggle against colonial rule. They left lasting legacies and the erstwhile princely cities of Bengaluru and Vadodara were leading centres of science and industry today and Thiruvananthapuram (along with the rest of Kerala) is a pioneer of Indian medical practice, he said.

    Acting V-C of University of Mysore Prof. Yashavanth Dongre presided.

    UoM Registrar Prof. R. Rajanna inaugurated the exhibition on the life and works of Prof. D.S. Achuta Rao.

    Convener of Prof. D.S. Achuta Rao Centenary Programme Advisory Board D.A. Prasanna was present.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / Friday – February 17th, 2017

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