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Belagavi: Inchala Village has nearly two teachers for every house

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Belagavi: Most often we have heard of stories wherein schools have scarcity of teachers. However, here is the Village named Inchala in the District which has nearly two teachers for every house.

The story of Inchala Village is interesting. In small village which has a population of 6,000, in all over 1100 are teachers. This accounts for two teachers for every house in the village.

Like parents often have dreams and choices for their kids, similarly the first choice of every parent here in this village is to get the child into teaching profession. Many who have opted for teaching are working in other parts of the State while being employed in State-run or aided schools, colleges and unaided institutions. The craze of being a teacher is so much that a considerable number of youth are awaiting their posting.

It all started in 1970s when Shivananda Bharati Swamiji established an education society along with some other teachers, bringing a centre of higher learning to the village. As per the history, there were just eight teachers and one primary school in this Village and those who wanted to continue studies had to trek all the way to Bailhongala town. Lack of an institution of higher education denied many the life-changing opportunities. The Rural Teachers’ Training Centre was opened in 1984 that gave free training to students in the village. It was followed by Prasad Nilayam, where students were provided free food.

Speaking to NewsKarnataka Basavaraj Lakkannavar said, “Earlier the people of this village were not much educated. However, a visit by Shivananda Bharati Seer changed everything. The people were made aware of the importance of education. Seer established educational institutions here. After this incident people came forward to gain education and thus today for every house there are two teachers in this village as well as so far the village has produced 5000 teachers so far.”

He also said that due to increased education no child marriages take place here. This village is comparatively developed as far as social, political, and infrastructural aspects are concerned. There are two families named Ranikar and Mirjan wherein as many as 12 members are teachers. And one more interesting aspect of this village is that over 800 youth are working in the Indian Army.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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