Success stories of ZPs does State proud at 'Pride of India'

While the ‘Pride of India,’ a mammoth exhibition with the participation of 180 organisations including Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),

Aeronautical Development Establishment and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), premier institutes of the Centre, have put on display their contributions to defence forces, some of the local bodies in the State have been showcasing their success stories for the good of common man. It is indeed a ‘Pride of Karnataka.’

The stalls of the Zilla Panchayats of Dakshina Kannada, Gadag and Koppal at the exhibition, organised as part of the 103rd Indian Science Congress at Manasagangotri, University of Mysore, are educating the visitors on recycling and management of waste, besides checking open defecation, mostly seen in rural areas.

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, from Mangaluru, is demonstrating the ‘Pipe Compost’ method, a simple, low-cost eco-friendly, solid waste management at household level. The concept has been successfully introduced in some taluks of the district. A model of ready-made toilet at Gadag Zilla Panchaat stall and Koppal Zilla Panchayat’s success story in multi-gram panchayat solid and liquid waste management are also attracting visitors.

A khadi weaving machine run on solar power, set up by Khadi and Village Industries Commission, is equally drawing crowds.

A part of the expo is dedicated to highlight the glorious past and present of the University of Mysore, the host of the Science Congress. Beginning from the portraits of maiden Vice Chancellor H V Nanjundayya to the incumbent K S Rangappa, it serves as a path reminder, especially for academicians who were witness to the bygone era. Rare photographs in black and white - with captions like ‘Thousandth anniversary of Kavi Ranna’, ‘The centenary committee (1950-51), ‘Karnataka Sangha-1942’, ‘University Union’, ’Lecture Halls’, ‘University Library’, ’Gymnastics (1927-28)’, ‘The Maharaja’s College Cricket Club’, ‘The University Historical Association’ are interesting to watch.

Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar, the erstwhile ruler of Mysuru, who founded the university, arriving for a convocation ceremony (1938) in sartorial elegance along with other dignitaries, sealed in frame, is a never to be missed photo on the wall.

Besides, prominent educational institutions, including Karnataka State Gangubai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University, have also set up their stalls. A veena on a table greets the visitors at the music university stall.
 

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