District-in-Charge Minister D N Jeevraj has said that it was necessary for everyone to adopt a few of the ideals of Valmiki.
He was speaking at Valmiki jayanthi celebrations organised by the district administration, here on Monday. He said the government has okayed the setting up of a government engineering college in Chikmagalur. “We have also appealed to the Chief Minister to sanction a medical college to the district, to help the poor students to pursue medical education.”
Minister for Higher Education C T Ravi has said that epic Ramayana has united the country. It has instilled the feeling of nationality and harmony in the society.
Ramayana should be a part of the school syllabus as it teaches values in life, he said. Valimiki should not be restricted within the framework of a caste, he said.
Valmikinayaka Samaja district president Ramappa said that the reservation for the Valmiki community members in education and employment should be increased to 7.5 per cent from the present 3 per cent.
As a part of the celebrations, the portrait of Valmiki was taken out in a procession. The procession also included various art forms like ‘Karadikunitha,’ ‘Karadimajalu,’ and ‘Veeragase.’
Zilla Panchayat President B Shivappa has said that Valmiki has contributed towards the welfare of the society through his writing, at the Valmiki Jayanthi celebrations organised by the district administration, zilla panchayat, department of social welfare and Kannada and Culture department here at Kaveri kalashethra.
Zilla Panchayat member D B Dharmappa said that Valmiki had upheld the values of religious life.
Made Madeshwara College lecturer B Siddaraju Bellaiah spoke on Valmiki. Deputy Comissioner Dr N V Prasad, Additional DC Dr N Shivashankar and others spoke at the occasion.