From January 29th, around 600 SSLC students of government schools and aided schools, from the Jayanagar assembly constituency, are putting extra effort into preparing for their upcoming final exams. They are attending coaching classes organised by the Jayanagar Academic Committee (JAC) whose single point goal now is to improve SSLC results in Jayanagar constituency. The constituency covers Pattabhiram Nagar, Byrasandra, Jayanagar East, Gurappanapalya, J P Nagar, Sarakki and Shakambari Nagar.
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Presided by Jayanagar MLA B N Vijaykumar, who initiated the idea, the committee comprises of Dr T V Raju, Director RV Institute of Management, Dr Sameera Simha, Retd prof from Vijaya Teachers College, Dr R Srikanta Swamy, Registrar of Christ University and Retd Prof of RV Teachers College Dr K Seshamurthy, Dean Vijaya Computer Training College, Dr N Vijayadhwaja, Principal, Viajaya Teachers Training Institute and Pranesh Sirivara of Prism Books.
With inputs from Professor Ramesh and Professor Gopal Naik of the Centre for Public Policy, IIM(B), the team prepared a structured plan to help improve SSLC results in the constituency. They identified 11 schools in the area whose students needed guidance for the SSLC exams. They conducted a workshop for the teachers and evaluation tests for the students to understand their capability. Based on the response, they decided to conduct a two month long intense coaching programme for the students. They put together a team for almost 60 teachers, like Sarakki High School Headmaster Shyamanna and Bangalore High School Assistant Master Satyaprakash, and a timetable to focus on different subjects.
The special classes started on January 29th; held for one and a half hours a day after school hours (3.30 pm – 5pm), and taught by volunteer teachers from south Bangalore and elsewhere. Classes are held at Ragigudda High school, Youth Centre Jayanagar, and Multi-purpose Corporation Building, Sarakki.
JAC plans more interventions in the next academic year to help improve quality of education. Says JAC convenor, S Muralimohan (who is also Vijaykumar’s Press Coordinator), “You can’t (introduce) change overnight, we are trying to work with the existing structure to improve things”.
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Jayanagar MLA B N Vijaykumar talks to Citizen Matters on the long pending BBMP elections. “I want corporators to get elected (soon) because I can (then) do some legislative work…(day to day) work wont get delayed. Now people come to my office, call me from 5.30 am. Now we have 2-3 workers from the office looking into each department. I want to concentrate more on Bangalore city, all 198 wards.”
Vijaykumar will be responding to citizens’ queries on various topics related to his area of focus as an MLA, his work in the legislature representing the constituency, whether education, infrastructure or health. Write to edit[at]citizenmatters[dot]in with your question. Selected questions will be posed to the MLA and his response will be published.
BBMP has built a gazebo (a pavilion structure usually found in parks or public spaces) in the mini forest, JP Nagar 3rd phase for the benefit of the residents. The project is implemented by BBMP’s Horticulture Department.
BBMP South Zone Horticulture Superintendent Nagappa Atturkar says, “We are building a bandstand (gazebo) in addition to a walking path were people can relax or do Dhayana in the morning and a place for chatting in the evening”.
He said the cost of the structure is about Rs 2.4 lakhs. Work is underway in the BTM Layout park near Ganesh temple, between 27th and 28th cross and other parks in the city.