Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Dalvoy Educational Institution has 123 years of History
The Dalvoy Educational Institution famously known as Dalvoy School, located behind
the Mysore City Corporation is one of the city's oldest educational institutions having completed 123 years.
The institution was started in the year 1888 by late Krishna Rao, a renowned teacher
of those times to provide education to the children of Dalvoys who were working as Sepoys for the Maharaja of Mysore. Hence it obtained the name `Dalvoy School.'
Earlier, Krishna Rao used to teach children, especially those hailing from poor
families and special children under a peepal tree in Devirammani Agrahara. As years passed by, the strength of the students increased later he shifted to Bommaiah Choultry.
Realizing the need for a well constructed building, Krishna Rao and few other
samaritans approached King Chamaraja Wodeyar IX (23rd ruler beginning from Yaduaraya), the then Maharaja of Mysore, for Help.
Later, he donated the land for the construct a school. Soon several philanthropists
of those times such as Ragi Mandi Chowdaiah, Veerabhada Modaliyar, Chinnaswamy Modaliyar, Dhamaratnakara Nandibasappa and several prominent merchants from Santhepet donated for the construction of the school's building.
As more number of students, especially from rural areas began to enroll, the
Primary, Lower Middle and Upper Middle schools were added and in the year 1946, High School was started. It secured State level ranks in the today's equivalent of SSLC examinations held during those times. Students studying here have won awards not only at the
National level sports meets, but also in events organized by the NCC, Scouts and NSS.
Many prominent persons like Scientist Dr Raja Ramanna, noted film actor MP Shankar,
SN Venkat Rao, in-charge of Konkan Railway and an advisory for Bangalore metro, Dr
Nagaraj well-known surgeon in Bangalore, Karnataka Exhibition Authority Chairman Raghu, and many others have studied in this school.
Till 1950 in entire Mysore City Marimallappa, Dalvoy and Hardwick school were
considered as prominent schools and Mysore city was considered as the Center of State and was very much famous for education.
Speaking to Express Teacher Pankaj who is serving from past 26 years in this school
said that `This is aided school at present the building is in dilapidated condition and the management doesn't has sufficient financial potential to bear the expenses. If some public or if the government takes initiative under JNNURM a heritage building can be rejuvenated
and retained for long time.