SN High School Perla:-Enmakaje village, a remarkably beautiful place profuse with fascinating ranges of coconut, arecanut, cashew and banana plantation, along with hills and valleys rich in natural vegetation, is in Kasaragod district, located at the border of Kerala, close to the Karnataka State. Perla, the heart of this village, combines nature’s bounty, with all the hustle and bustle of a wealthy city and is a famous trade centre. True, some 75-80 years ago, this remote area like Perla was lacking in the fundamental facilities such as nourishment, apparel, recreation, amusement etc., Late Parthaje Venkatramana Bhat believed that the one and only one panacea to deveop Perla and its suburbs, was to enlighten people through education. To materialize this vision, he founded a Primary School in 1925,with the best endeavour of the distinguished citizens of this village like Late Kuntikana Subraya Bhat,Tadegallu Late Achutha Bhat, Late Ballambettu Venkatesha Pai & others. Along with this school he established Shree Sathyanarayana Mandir and installed a holy idol of Lord Sathyanarayana carved out of marble so as to inculcate devotion, religious fervour and ethical values amongst the learners.
Year by year not only did the popularity of this school enhance but the number of pupils incredibly increased too and it was upgraded as Upper Primary and finally to High School from 1945. Having started with only 25 students, now this institute is imparting education to more than a thousand pupils. Scores of students of this school are in high positions in society and are spread all over the world. Some of them have entered government service. Many hold very good jobs in foreign countries. Now this has emerged as a pioneering educational institute for nurturing rural talents.
The founder and his Vision………….
This educational society is undoubtedly the fulfillment of the profound vision of “a teacher’s teacher” Late Sri Parthaje Venkatramana Bhat. He came, he persevered, he vanquished………. Moreover, he left behind a rich legacy that has benefited a lot of pupils of this locality. He was honoured as “Perla Gandhi” to whom no obstacle was insurmountable – a legend who inspires us even today! The scrupulous educationist, philanthropist and architect of modern Perla, was certainly the Embodiment of Humanity, Harbinger of Equality and the Icon of Renunciation. He lit small lamp in 1925 in this remote village and it has helped to light up millions of lives. As a result of his yeoman service to the community, now this school is one among the top schools in Kerala state.
The present panorama
After the demise of Sri P Venkatramana Bhat, the establishment is being run by the Vidyaranya Educational Society (VES). At present it is in progress under the presidentship of Sri B. G. Rama Bhat, a renowned agriculturist and a social worker. of VES. Sri Srikrishna Vishwamithra,son of Late Venkatramana Bhat, a veteran agriculturist, is the Manager and he is taking all the initiative and efforts tirelessly for the betterment of the whole institution. Several respectable and responsible citizens like Dr. P.V.S Mithra, Sri Sarpamale Bala Subrahmanya Bhat, and others are its members. Moreover enthusiastic young and energetic personalities like Dr. Sripathi Kajampady; Sri Jagath Kumar Molakkalu etc. are the backbone of this Association.
This school complex is located amid quiet and green environs, which provide the necessary conducive atmosphere for learning. By providing value-based education, it equips the learners to face academic and social challenges and instills self-esteem, confidence and self-reliance. The school has a team of well-qualified, dedicated teachers who are determined to improve and bring out the best in every student. A Library facility is there on all subjects with encyclopedia, rare reference books, science journals etc. The institute has been encouraging extra curricular activities through Science Club, NCC, Scouts, Sports and Games etc. It has also been providing mid-day meals for primary students over the years.
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