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Color of Knowledge is Saffron: Education Minister of Karnataka to News18 on Viveka Scheme Row

The Bharatiya Janata Party Government’s “Viveka” Classrooms Plan, named after Swami Vivekananda, aims at providing infrastructural strong classrooms in Karnataka to deliver quality education and should not be unnecessarily politicized by other parties, minister said of Education BC Nagesh v News18.

Under this plan, 8,100 Viveka classrooms will be built in government schools across Karnataka and important sayings of Swami Vivekananda will be painted on the walls and pillars.

Although the program is named after one of India’s greatest philosophers, the color scheme of these classrooms has become a political debate. The government of Karnataka has decided to color code them in saffron, which according to the education minister is a decision by architects.

“Why not saffron? Why are they allergic to that color? Why don’t they oppose our national flag with saffron in it, asked Minister Nagesh.

Saffron is the closest color to gnana (knowledge), he added.

“It is the color of the sun and we bring brightness to the lives of these young students through education. Why shouldn’t it be used? Congress has done nothing to improve our government schools in that time and now they object when something good is done?” said the state secretary of education.

The minister says that by politicizing every move of the BJP, the opposition has tried to divert attention from real issues.

“Many government school buildings are damaged or classrooms are in a dilapidated state due to poor maintenance or heavy rainfall. We try to provide our children with a safe and good learning environment. They seem to have a problem with that,” he says.

The opposition congress has opposed the use of the shadow, calling it another step towards the “saffronisation of education”.

The plan was first conceived when BS Yediyurappa was the chief minister and was officially launched by his successor Basavaraj Bommai on Children’s Day.

Under this scheme, education officials of various districts in Karnataka have been asked to identify old and non-functional classrooms. They will be replaced by Viveka classrooms, which will be state-of-the-art classrooms with new technology guides and tools for students, while imbuing Swami Vivekananda’s principles and teachings. The state government has allocated Rs 992 crore for this scheme and expects to complete construction of the classrooms within 90 days.

“I have clearly monitored the progress and some classrooms will be ready within a month,” Nagesh added.

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