By launching his political career Tamil actor Superstar Rajinikanth recently started new innings.  Simultaneously another aspect of his life has entered a new phase: the school where he studied.  On Saturday Government Model primary school in Gavipuram popularly known as  ‘ Rajnikanth’s school’ will be inaugurated after years of neglect and delayed works.  The school which was established in 1943, was in a dilapidated condition. The old building was decided to bring down by the state government.  In 2008, the then chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had sanctioned 81.4 lakh for the same.  Until 2012 work on the new building was not begun.  The school was temporarily shifted to a building owned by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), near Kempambudhi Lake. Rupees 1.5 crore is the new building cost.  Local MLA Ravi Subramanya has contributed 20 lakh from his funds, Bengaluru South MP and Union Minister for Chemicals and fertilizers H.N.Ananthkumar gave 25 lakh.  “When the school shifted out of here, the student strength dropped,” said B.K. Uma, a teacher at the school. Teachers hoped that with the upgrade, the school once Rajinikanth studied will translate into more enrolments.  “The school once had around 400 children. Now, the number stands at 91,” she said, adding that children from three slums in the locality study in the school.  Though the construction was far from complete, the school was moved back to the new building last academic year. “When we came back here, the number of enrolments increased by 30.  With better amenities, such as a library, computer lab, and play equipment, we hope that the number of enrolments will increase further the next academic year,” said Nanje Gowda, PT teacher at the school.  The actor was invited for the inauguration but he could not make it due to his political commitments.

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