MANGALORE: Curtains will come down on the 175 years celebration of BEM Institutions with a five-day finale that will get under way on Tuesday on the BEM School premises on Mission High School Road here. Established in 1838, the BEM Institutions is the very first educational institution to be started in the erstwhile undivided Dakshina Kannada district.

Mangalore City South MLA J R Lobo had launched the 175 years celebration on September 7 last year.

The highlight of the five-day celebration will come on January 24 when M Veerappa Moily, Union minister for petroleum and natural gas, will unveil a 3D future building project plan. Walter Maben, president of BEM Institutions and BEM Educational Institutions 175 Years Celebrations Committee said this building ill cost around Rs 2 crore.

Stating that the management and committee is trying to get President Pranab Mukherjee to lay the foundation stone for the building, Walter told reporters said that the committees is in touch with friends to help them realize this dream. The building will take shape based on the size of corpus that the management intends to raise and the President laying the foundation stone will pull in the donors.

On Tuesday, schoolchildren will receive Prathibha Puraskar. Cultural programmes by Swaroopa Study Centre will follow the formal function. The School Day of lower primary school, high school and PU College will be held on Wednesday. Old students will present a variety entertainment programmes on Thursday.

All retired teachers will be honoured on Friday. A Tulu drama, Enkleg Matherla Bodu, by old student Naveen Shetty and enacted by Lakumi team will be the highlight of that evening’s function.

Former MP H T Sangliana will preside over the final day’s function on January 25.

People who selflessly helped the school will be honoured on this occasion.

The old students get together dinner will be held on January 26. Call: 0824-2491952.

Courtesy: Times of India