Karimnagar: The Government High School (old), which produced eminent personalities such as Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, will be developed in to a heritage centre.
While old students, parents and school staff wanted the school to be continued in the same building, officials are planning to construct a new building for school beside Board of Intermediate office. The science museum running in the school building will also be shifted.
This is being done so that Karimnagar can secure a place in smart cities list. District and Karimnagar Municipal officials have decided to turn the historic school building into heritage centre since it is located in the heart of the town. A park and open air theatre will be developed on seven acres and 21 guntals land around school.
The school, which was started in 1934, was turned into a multipurpose high school by introducing MPC, BiPC, Agriculture, technical and art courses in 1954-55 academic year. Over a period of time, the Government High School (Urdu), Primary School (Urdu), Government Junior College, BIO office and integrated boys hostel have come up in the surroundings of the old school.
While the late Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao studied for some time in the school, it has also produced eminent personalities such as Jnanpith awardee Dr C Narayana Reddy, distance education system introducer Ram Reddy, senior congress leader M Satayanarayana Rao, Kondal Rao, Boinpalli Venkatarama Rao, and others.
Many of it’s past students went to become doctors, engineers, scientists, political leaders, IAS, and IPS officers. Speaking to the ‘Telangana Today’, School Headmaster, G Mohan said students would face problem if the building was takenover without providing alternative accommodation. “The government should construct a separate building for students if it wants to develop this building as heritage centre,” he added.
However, the ongoing construction of new school building at an estimated cost of Rs 26 lakh has been stopped half way.
Old students association, president, Boinpalli Prabhakar Rao said that with a good intention, local MP B Binod Kumar proposed to develop the school as heritage centre and everybody should welcome it. But, officials should provide alternate arrangements for students before taking the old building, Rao added.