If the declining students strength of Sarada Vilas High School is anything to go by, then the great institution that has produced stalwarts like Infosys founder NR Narayan Murthy, Litterateur Dr SL Bhyrappa, MLA V Sreenivas Prasad, Cine Actor Ambareesh and a host of others, may be relegated into the pages of history in near future.
The separate schools for boys and girls that once boasted as the most sought after institution with a total of about 2,500 students studying in its premises, now cuts a sorry figure. The schools now have just a little more than 500 students studying in it. The number of divisions of class 8, 9 and 10 have come down from 13 to 2-3.
During its hey days, parents used to do everything possible to get admission for their wards into the school. There used to be long queues for admission. But of late, the intake of students for the High School started declining for various reasons and at present there are are only around 171 students studying in Sarada Vilas Girls High School and around 254 students in Boys High School.
The Sarada Vilas Patha Shala was started wayback in 1856, while the High School was started in 1919 for both boys and girls. The Institution is an aided High School following roaster system. Many of them have obtained distinction bringing name and fame for the college and the Institute retained its glory for several years.
Most of the children who were studying in this school were from economically weaker sections residing at Ashokapuram, Vidyaranyapuram, Nanjumalige, Krishnamurthy Puram and surrounding areas.
President of the Institute Parathasarathy acknowledged that there is a drastic decline in number of students enrollment compared to past. Though there are separate mediums for English and Kannada, the decline in student strength began since 2006 and has been going on relentlessly year after year.
Citing several reasons, Manager Anantha Ramu said that 'Opening of new schools in the surroundings is one of the main reason for this decline. The new schools also targeted the weaker section of the society resulting in a large scale migration of students'.