A place devoted to teachers, Shikshakara Sadana is turning out to be a major embarrassment for them. Located on Kempe Gowda Road here, the sadana houses a convention centre to hold celebrations and felicitation functions and also provides boarding facilities for teachers, who come from other parts of the state and elsewhere in the country on educational purposes.
But empty liquor bottles and cigarette waste dumped within the premise and overlooked put both the visitors and the authorities manning the sadana to shame. The facility belongs to the state education department.
Teachers, students and their parents visit the sadana when educational event are conducted. The programmes include Teachers’ Day celebrations and students felicitation functions. There is also a meeting hall in the sadana where official meetings are conducted.
Sadana’s main objective is to provide lodging at concessional rates to teachers and students visiting the city on excursions or for training, sport meets, conferences and seminars. But the authorities turn a blind eye to the mess, letting the bottles and cigarette packets remain within the premises creating an embarrassment for them.
When the sorry state of affairs was pointed to a sadana member, his reply was: “We cannot keep checking the bags. Although we know that some of them bring them [liquor and cigarettes] in, we are not able to control it.”
Sadana joint-director TC Chandraiah claimed innocence: “I am not aware of the situation. The security personnel are not supposed to allow cigarettes and alcohol inside the premises. I will look into this and take up the matter seriously. Since I have taken over [the sadana] only recently, I have failed to take note of this.”
There are around 40 rooms which are rented on a daily-basis — and the demand for them is huge. Accommodation is only for teachers, but sometimes their family members accompany them. Usually, three people share a room.