A municipal school in Karur gets a facelift

RC Karur Texcity, RID 3000, has constructed a new block at the ­Municipal Higher ­Secondary School in Karur with a CSR and global grant support. It was inaugurated recently by State Electricity ­Minister V Senthil Balaji.

The school was started in 1880 as a middle school and in 1978 higher secondary classes were introduced. “It flourished as one of the prominent schools in the town in the 1980s, when it had a strength of 4,000 students. Since 2000 the student strength steadily dwindled due to its aging ­infrastructure,” says L John, a past president of the club and a former headmaster of the school. PRID C Basker and former ­Vice-Chancellor of Anna University V C Kulandaiswamy are among the many distinguished alumni of this school, he adds.

PRID C Basker (second from R) with (from L) past presidents L John, A J Suriyanarayana and club president P Prabhakaran.
PRID C Basker (second from R) with (from L) past presidents L John, A J Suriyanarayana and club president P Prabhakaran.

In 2019 when John requested the then club president A J Suriyanarayana to help upgrade the school, the latter, in concurrence with the members, agreed to undertake the project to commemorate the club’s silver jubilee, and a committee was formed with PDG P Gopalakrishnan, past presidents L John, V Ramesh, L Subbiah, N Anandan and S Elamathi as members.

The foundation stone for the new block was laid in June 2020 in the presence of PRID Basker. Karur Vysya Bank donated ₹2.06 crore for construction of the classroom block and gave ₹24 lakh to TRF. RC ­Freshwater Bay, RID 9455, Australia, ­contributed ₹71.61 lakh for setting up smart class facilities, renovation of existing building and landscaping, and ­providing classroom furniture, CCTV cameras and a ­genset, taking the total cost of the project to ₹2.77 crore.

The new KVB Rotary Block, constructed after demolishing a dilapidated wing, consists of two floors built on a total 1,490 sqm area. It includes 16 classrooms, two ­laboratories, a staff room, separate toilet blocks for students, staff, and the differently-abled, a 1,000-litre capacity water tank and a water pump. The architectural façade of the original building which was designed in 1909 was preserved.

“Now the school is at par with any other ­private school and can cater to the educational needs of children from different ­economic strata,” smiles club president P Prabhakaran.

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