Dr.H.N : Our Source of Inspiration
Dr. H.Narasimhaiah (1920-2005) was the President of the National Education Society of Karnataka which is founded being inspired by nationalistic ideals. Dr. H. N. a great teacher, and educationist and a man of scientific temper, rose to the zenith of his career by becoming the Vice-chancellor of the University of Bangalore. He was the recipient of ‘Tamrapatra’ award. He was also awarded ‘Rajyotsava Prashasti’. The kannada University, Hampi, conferred upon him ‘Nadoja’ and the University of Gulbarga, the Honorary D’ Lit in recognition of his meritorious service to the cause of education. His autobiography ‘Horatada Hadi’ and ‘Terada Mana’ fetched him Karnataka Sahitya academy Award. As an embellishment to all these, the Government of India conferred upon him ‘Padmabhushana’ award. Dr. H.N. was also the founder president of the Bangalore Science Forum (1962), which has won two national awards for popularizing science. He also founded the Bangalore Social sciences Forum (1992). He was responsible for starting the Bangalore Lalithakala Parishat and B.V. Jagadeesh Science Centre.
Dr. H.N. as an individual and an educationist set an example in public life by leading of simple a life.
Dr. H.N. showed continued concern and empathy for the poor and the downtrodden in society. He also inculcated the same values among his students by introducing ‘value – based Education’ as a part of curriculum. All the institutions of the National Education Society have been following the philosophy and ideals which Dr. H.N. stood for.
The National Education society of Karnataka (R)
The National Movement of India inspired many enterprising persons to establish National Schools and Colleges. Inspired by Gandhian ideals and responding to the National Movement, the National School was established in Bangalore in 1917. It was first started on the premises of the Doddanna Setty S.L.N. School. The school also faced the prospect of closure due to differences of opinion among the founders. However, some of the enlightened members of the Society of Bangalore came forward to shoulder the responsibility of running the institution. Prominent among them were elites like Sri. B.K. Garudachar, Sri. M. Ramachandra Scindhia and Sri. M.K. Narasimhaiah. These business magnates and philanthropists founded the National Education Society of Mysore in 1918, which was later christened The National Education Society of Karnataka in 1973 when the State of Mysore was renamed as Karnataka.
The first President of The National Education Society was Sri. Krishna Iyengar. He was succeeded by Sri. B.K. Garudachar, who served as the President of N.E.S. for 12 years. During his tenure the National High School continued to function in a rented building in Tharagupet. It was a time when Mahatma Gandhi played an important role in the struggle for independence.
The National Education Society of Karnataka responded whole heartedly by popularizing Gandhian principles such as village development and social service. The NES adopted the motto “Shraddha hi Parama gathihi’ and the emblem ‘Vedagni’ placed in an ornamental urn.
The objectives on which The National Education Society was established were
1. to establish, within the State of Karnataka, schools, colleges and hostels.
2. to introduce any possible improvements in the system of education in its institutions from time to time.
3. to mobilize whenever necessary, public opinion in matters of educational importance.
4. to undertake and carry out any step to promote the above objectives.