“It has become imperative for people to be ready for competing in the global market owing to the advancements taking place in the educational and occupational field. This can be achieved through education and general knowledge,” said Shri R. V. Deshpande, Chairman Emeritus, Konkani Bhas Ani Sanksriti Prathistan.
He was addressing the gathering the scholarship award ceremony to Konkani Kharvi Community organized by World Konkani Centre’s Konkani Language and Cultural Foundation, Vishwa Konkani Student Scholarship Fund (VKSSF) in association with Akhila Karnataka Konkan Kharvi Mahajan Sabha (AKKMS) at R. N. Shetty, Kalyan Bhavan, Kundapur on October 7.
“In the past many people found it difficult to provide education to their children due to poverty and also because there was a dearth of educational institutions. Due to which gaining education became confined only one section of the society. But now the times have changed now we find that the State Government, Central Government, Private Organisations and Philanthropists are making a sizeable contribution thus giving the required impetus to education.” Deshpande added.
“Undivided Dakshina Kannada District which is the land of visionaries intelligent people had given utmost importance to education.” Deshpande said.
In his address Shri Ramdas Kamath U., President, VKSSF, informed that “about 3,000 Konkani speaking families have been given Insurance Protection. There are plans to give them medical insurance too. Various steps have been taken to increase the scholarship fund, giving importance to Higher Education, and training talented students.”
A total number 215 scholarships was awarded of which 130 was given to PU students, 81 to Degree and 4 to Engineering.
Shri K.B Kharvi, President, AKKMS, presided. Shri Basti Vaman Shenoy, President, World Konkani Centre, Shri Pradeep G. Pai, Secretary, VKSSF, Venkatesh N. Baliga, Secretary, World Konkani Centre, Kanthu Manjunath Kharvi, Coastal Fisheries, Gangolli, Shri K Naga Kharvi, President, Gangolli Primary Fishermen Co-operative Society were present on the dias.
The welcome address was delivered by Mohan Banavalikar, Gurudutt Bantwalkar, Assistant Director, World Institute of Konkani Language, read out the name of the beneficiaries. Malini Sathish compered and Umanath Gangolli delivered vote of thanks.