Royals to present Ursu university

Ursu Boarding reopens; Wadiyar hopeful to start Varsity in seven years

Wadiyars, the erstwhile rulers of Mysore and pioneers in education in the then Mysore State, aim to make it bigger in the future, by setting up an exclusive Ursu University in five to seven years down the line.

This was disclosed by royal scion Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar at the resumption of Sri Chamarajendra Ursu Boarding School on Krishnaraja boulevard here on Sunday.

The school popular as Ursu Boarding was an initiative of the then ruler SriChamarajendra Wadiyar in 1892.

Wadiyar, who is also the patron of Sri Jayachamaraja Ursu Education Trust, under which educational institutions of the community are being managed, said the reopening of the boarding school is a step towards establishing the university. A year ago, the same trust had opened the new building of Sri Vani Vilasa Ursu School in Nazarbad.

Wadiyar sounded upset recalling that some vested interests had misguided the members of the community, circulating rumours that the Ursu Boarding School had been closed permanently.

In reality, Wadiyar said, the building had given away in parts inviting danger. Both sewage and water connections — 100 years old — had to be redone after closing the school for two years. In addition to this, some parts of the building had been occupied by unscrupulous elements in nearby localities, post-dusk hours, turning the place into a safe haven for illegal activities.

The existing building, constructed during the tenure of the then ruler Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, father of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, had adopted modern technology, recalled the royal scion.

Like software giants N R Narayan Murthy and Azim Premji who are creating wealth not only for themselves, but for others too, the trust has made a start, Wadiyar said.

Understanding the significance of education, Wadiyar said, he infused a new lease of life to the trust by extending financial assistance.

Chairperson of the trust and Wadiyar’s wife Pramoda Devi Wadiyar thanked the governing council and all others involved in making the project a success.

Vice-president Bharati Urs gave a synopsis of the history of the school, while Nandini Prakash of International Institute of Montessori Studies briefed about the activities.

Princesses Meenakshi Devi, Kamakshi Devi and Indrakshi Devi, secretary of the trust Mahesh Urs and others were present.

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