The Historic Halls/Buildings at Bunts Hostel Demolished to give way for Rs 220 Crore Mega project of Four Marriage Halls to be ready in 2018-19
Mangaluru: On May 17, 1908, the first general body meeting of the Sangha was held in Ramakrishna Vidyarthi Bhavan in Mangaluru, under the presidentship of Attavara Ramayya Punja, Civil & Military Station Judge, Bangalore. The first office bearers included Attavara Devappa Punja (President), Kodialguthu Krishna Salaya, (Vice President), B. Mahabala Hegde (Secretary) and Attavara Balakrishna Shetty (Treasurer). The Sangha was registered under Madras Government on May 10, 1908.
In 1907, the hostel was started in a bungalow at Karangalpady with six students. Later, on March 3, 1908, the Sangha acquired its present land and constructed the first hostel which was inaugurated on May 19, 1909 by the then District Collector – with 52 students. While this hostel served well in succeeding decades, a new hostel, Vittal Shetty Memorial Building, now serves the students of the community. Since then, many hostels, schools, old age homes and multi-purpose halls have been constructed by the Sangha in taluk towns and other centres.
Following photos taken before demolition …..
Bantara Yane Nadavara Sangha name was changed to Bunts Yane Nadavara Mathru Sangha in 2002. Federation of Bunts Associations was established in 1987. In 1995, the first World Bunts Convention was held in Mangaluru followed by a second Convention in 2002. A holistic glance, at the functioning of the association for the past so many decades, reflects a unequivocal truth, that the vision education-for-all members in the community has been nearly achieved. In 1987, as a result of efforts to bring all outside Bunt’s associations on a single platform, the federation of global bunts meet was held.
The association annually disburse Scholarship and help to poor students from the endowments set up by personalities. During the every annual meeting, members in recognitions of their contributions are felicitated. The association has always strived to the all-round development of community in various avenues and will continue to do so. In the same premises, they have the Sri Ramakrishna College; Sri Ramakrishna Pre University College; Sri RamaKrishna High School and Sri RamaKrishna Elementary School.
Following pictures taken during demolition……
Speaking to Mangalorean.com, Sashidhar Shetty, one of the directors of the Sangha said that during one of their meetings it was decided to demolish the old halls and other buildings in the premises in order to built four state-of-the-art Marriage/Convention halls at estimated budget of Rs 220 crores. The construction of new project will start within the next few weeks, and estimate time of completion of the project will be sometime in 2018-19. Even the buildings lined up at the entrance will be demolished eventually to give way for the upcoming project. The new marriage/convention halls will have state-of-the-art facilities.