They had never dreamed of going to schools, or indulging in sports and cultural activities, nor learning other languages. What they just knew was to rush forest and create handicrafts in whatever raw materials they obtain. Thanks for the initiative of JSS Mahavidyapeeta Suttur Mutt, which is tracing out such children of lesser god and bring the children into the mainstream of society by imparting free education.
Now, the Mutt is slowly gaining popularity in north-eastern parts of India too, only through word of mouth. In which, the strength of north-eastern children in the Mutt was around 40 in 2002, while down the year the strength has steadily increased to 320. Children from Meghalaya, Manipur, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra are studying here in different levels.
Hailing from poor families, some children are orphan, while some or single parent. Apart from retaining their culture, the children are imbibed with our culture and traditions and have learnt to enchant vachans, bhajans in Kannada.
The children will be provided with free shelter, food, education and medical treatment. They will be also entitled for various government facilities.
In total, including both boys and girls around 4,000 children have been accommodated here. In which, 118 children from Meghalaya and 55 from Manipur are studying in JSS Akkamahadevi Girls Hostel, Suttur Mutt and hundreds of boys have been accommodated at JSS Basaveshwara Boys Hostel from various part of State.
JSS Institution Suttur Mutt Co-ordinator Tripuranthaka said that “already being economically-socially backward, there is no proper education facilities in north-eastern parts of India. Even more number of tribal reside there. Hence, the children are brought here with the help of various organisations and are being educated at Mutt.”
Teacher Nirmala says, the children are very talented in cultural, sports, debate competition. They have took part in many state-level competitions and have bagged many prizes. Even they are non-vegetarians, after joining Mutt, they have adopted our tradition and culture.'
“We were not aware of any other languages, when we came here. But now, I know Kannada, English, Hindi, said Sphishisya of Meghalaya, who desires to become doctor.
Suttur Mutt which is popular world-wide for its philanthropist service activities. The hostel facility was established in 2001 and was inaugurated by former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. It was the dream of His Holiness Jagadguru late Dr Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji to begin pre-school in Suttur. The dream was fulfilled by present Suttur Seer Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji. Now, there are about 300 education institutions across Karnataka under JSS Mahavidyapeetha. For orphan children free education will be provided upto Higher Education.