Prakashpalayam is a little village in Kollegal Taluk of Chamrajnagar District in the State of Karnataka. The Diocese of Mysore entrusted St Louis Parish situated here to Salesians of Don Bosco in 1997. It has 235 Catholic families. An Upper Primary School in Kannada medium with 180 students and 7 teachers is also under the management of the parish.
Salesians opened a High School (Kannada Medium) in 1999. Today it has grown into a Pre University College with the streams of Arts and Science. An English Medium school too has reached up to class IV. The whole educational set up, now known as Don Bosco Vidya Kshetra, has 18 staff members and 750 students.
The Annual Day of Vidya Kshetra was magnificently celebrated in on November 27, 2009. The solemn inaugural function began at 10.30 a.m. with a prayer dance. It was presided over by Mrs. Rohini (Deputy Directory of PU Education, Chamrajnagar). In her inaugural address she expressed admiration for the discipline in the institution. The Guest of honour was Prof. Manorakhita Bantheji (Principal of Sri Mahadesvara Government PU College, Kollegal). In his speech, he emphasized that education does not consist in merely academic excellence; it necessarily includes discipline of the mind and extra-curricular activities. Praising the dedication of Christian missionaries who burn themselves out in the mission of building the nation, he invited all to become beacons of light. Rev Fr Albert Pinto (Principal, St Francis Assisi PU College) and Rev Fr Marian Pinto (Parish Priest of St Francis Assisi Church, Kollegal) graced the occasion. Winners of Taluk, District and State Level competitions were honoured during the function.
The afternoon function at 3.30 p.m. was presided over by Rev Fr K.O. Thomas, SDB (Vice-Provincial, Bangalore Province). Mr R Narendra (MLA, Hanur Constituency), the chief guest, conscientized the students about their privilege of studying in a village educational set up, but with facilities matching and in many ways even better that of cities. He expressed much appreciation for the Salesian authorities of the school for their sacrificing work on behalf of the poorer and less privileged students. The function was attended by Mr Malligarjuna (Block Educational Officer, Kollegal), Mr Doddasiddaia (President, Chikalur Grama Grama Panchayat), Mr Mahadevan (Inspector of schools) and many other dignitaries. Prizes were given to winners of Sports events of the institution.
The morning and afternoon functions were made colourful by school music band, march past, cultural programme, and school and college reports. The functions were attended by headmasters of neighboring schools, parents, and villagers. While lunch was served to students, refreshments and fancy fete were arranged for parents.
Rev Fr Jose (Director), Fr Aloysius (the in-charge of the educational institutions), and the members of the staff deserve appreciation for the efficient and meticulous organization and conduct of the event.