ACTIVITIES OF THE TRUST
The BTL Educational Trust for Rural Development was founded in the year 1979 and registered under the Charitable Endowment Act. The Trust was founded by Sri. B.T. Lakshman, an NRI from U.S.A. The mission of the Trust is non profit, non sectarian and is dedicated to provide job oriented education, health and other humanitarian services to rural needy and disadvantaged persons. With this intention, he created a team of volunteer professionals and community leaders to head the organization as Trustees. Infact the Founder Trustees were such an eminent personalities in the field of education and Community service, like Prof. H. Narasimhaiah, Pof. H.N. Thimmegowda, Prof. H. Srinivasaiah, Prof. B. Byarappa, Prof. K.S. Rame Gowda,Lt Dr. G. Narayan to name a few.
The Trust is managing and running a chain of educational institutions in three campuses namely Bommasandra, BSK 3rd Stage in Bangalore & Kesare in Mysore. Of the three Bommasandra campus is the largest one where in institutions from Nursery School level to Engineering Degree level including Diploma are located. The list of the Institutions
1. BTL Institute of Technology & Management.
2. BTL Polytechnic.
3. BTL ITI
4. BTL First Grade College.
5. BTL PU College.
6. BTL B.Ed College.
7. BTL School of Nursing.
8. BTL Vidyavahini Schools.
It is needless to say that the crown of all the educational institutions is BTL ITM.
The first institution is to be started is BTL PU College in the year 1983 with the intention of giving coaching in commerce as well as other vocational courses. Later on ITI, Polytechnic etc., was added. In the year 1997 Engineering College was started after obtaining permission from AICTE and Bangalore University with three courses and 180 students’ intake. As on to date the college is running five courses at undergraduate level with a total intake of 420. Two courses in Engineering and one course in Business Administration at Post Graduate level. The total built up area of the Engineering college is more than 24000 Sqmtrs. All the other institutions are housed in one building named as General Education Building with a total built up area of about 8000 Sqmtrs. Recently Mechanical Engineering department has been recognized as Research Center of VTU. Electronics Department of the Engineering College has gone for Accreditation to NBA and results are awaited. The intention of the Management is that all the courses in engineering college is to get accreditdated in about two years from NBA and First Grade College with Commerce, science and Arts are get accredidated from NAC. It is also the intention of the Management to develop 10 acres of land feasing high way/ service road in the front as a Technical Education Campus in about 2 years wherein all technical educational Institutions including one more Engineering college for women to be started are housed. In the land rear to the Educational Institutions we have also developed Hostel for both Boys, Girls and also NRI Students. Nearly 30% of the engineering college students are staying in the Hostels.
About the other major Institutions in the campus in brief are Polytechnic with three courses namely, Electronics, Computers & Mechanical with 60 intake for each course. First Grade and PU College with courses in Commerce, Science & Arts and Management subjects, ITI with courses in Fitter, Electronics, Machinist Turner & Medical Electronics with 16 intake for each course. The total student strength in the campus is around 4200 and the investment made so far on buildings and infrastructure is around 60 crores.
In Banashankari 3rd Stage campus we are running Educational Institutions from Nursery level to PU C level. In the building with a built up area of 1000 Sqmtrs constructed on a land of about 1 acre. Similarly we are running a Educational Institutions in Mysore also from Nursery level to SSLC Level. In a building with a built up area of about 600 Sqmts on a land of about 1.2 acres.
All the General Educational Institutions are giving education at subsidized fees since the students are from surrounding villages.
The organization also developed two hospitals at Chandappa Circle, near Big Baniyan Tree with an investment of about 10 lakhs during 1986 – 93 and handed over to Government for managing. The Hospital is upgraded to 30 beded hospital recently.
In commemoration of Silver Jubilee of the organization we have adopted 10 villages in Anekal and Magadi taluk and financed for the development of facilities which are not available in the villages like construction of class rooms, and furnishing the same development of libraries, conducting health check up camps etc.,
We are also issuing scholarships to an extent of about Rs. 5.00 lakhs every year to the students studying in our educational institutions as well as in other educational institutions in the state as detailed below from the accrued interest of the endowment created for the purpose.
1. 20 scholarships to the students studying in Government School in Gubbi (in the name of “Ram L Gowda”)
2. 20 Scholarships to the students studying in Government PU/ First Grade College, sira (in the name of “Angadi Kenchappa”)
3. 15 scholarships to for students studying in Majana High School, Mysore (in the name of Smt. Shashikala).
4. 15 scholarships to for students studying in Mathurmandali, Mysore (in the name of Smt. Shashikala).
5. 40 scholarships for students studying in Government Polytechnics in Karnataka State.
6. 125 Scholarships to the students studying in different institutions under BTL Educational Trust.
The Intention of the organization is to increase the scholarship amount to Rs.10.00 lakhs per year in the near future.
Recently we have acquired additional 6 acres of land near Nelamangala Town, with the intention of developing into a Residential International School complex for Girls. Necessary plans have been worked out. Similarly we have made advance for procurement of another 12 acres of land adjacent to the already procured land with the intention of developing into second Technical Education Campus.
Lastly, I will be failing in my duty if I don’t mention about the charitable organization created by Sri. B.T. Lakshman in USA during the year 1993 and named as “BTL Foundation for International Services”, the sister organization. The main intention in creating this organization is to finance charitable works in USA and also to fund the charitable projects undertaken by the Trust in India. So far the Trust has received more than 2 million dollars and same was used for the welfare projects undertaken by the Trust in rural areas. But unfortunately we could not receive any money since 2007 because of the non receipt of approval from Government of India and all over village development activities are stagnated.
The foundation is also doing Charitable services in USA like providing dinner on thanks giving day, Christmas Day and New Years Day to the poor people since 30 years, dedicated 3 buildings under the scheme “Home for Homeless”. The list of charitable works undertaken by both Trust and Foundation are listed in the ABUYUDAYA magazine to be released by Hon’ble Minister in a few minutes time. With these few words I will be completing the report on about Trust and Foundation and its activities.
LIST OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
1. Sri. B. T. Lakshman, Founder Chairman
2. Sri. T. Venkatesh
3. Sri. K.R. Suvarna Lakshman
4. Sri. A.R.Acharya
5. Sri. H.N. Dharanendra Kumar
6 .Sri, Ravi L. Sancheti
7. Sri. P. Venkatappa
8. Sri. S.B. Ravishankar Gowda
9. Sri B.C. Basavaraj
10. Sri. V.V.Gunjal, Legal Advisor
11. Sri. Obaiah
12. Sri. B.T. Dayananda Reddy
13. Sri. M.K. Thimmesh Prabhu
14. Sri. B. Venkatesh
15. Sri. Chandrasekar