A flagship project of RBS was inaugurated by Prof. Rajeev Gowda, former Professor in Economics, I.I.M , Bangalore and  Rajyasabha member, elected from Karnataka. As usual, the program commenced with silent invocation praying for World Peace. President Rtn Sridhar, while welcoming the guest and invitees, informed about the various Community Service projects undertaken by the club. Rtn. Babu Shankar, chairman of the project gave a brief note of the project details and informed that the note books are brought out in 100, 200 and Long Note Books form, which will reach about 40,000 poor and needy students particularly from rural areas. He mentioned that the project is very close to his heart and it  is this project which attracted him to become a Rotarian. He congratulated PP, Rtn. Ramanath for initiating this project in our club.
Prof. Rajeev Gowda, applauded the activities of our Rotary club, and suggested to train the youngsters to understand their inner strength and advance further in the same direction. Career counseling sessions need to be conducted at rural places at the same time impart training in use of modern techniques. He expressed his happiness over the projects undertaken by RBS for spreadnig literacy and helping the students.
He informed that India has overtaken the growth rate of China. He expressed his concern that the state of poor children for persuasion of studies is still below the expectation. He acknowledged the contribution of Sam Pitroda in revolutionizing the communication system. He recalled the days when people used to wait years to get a telephone connection to their places. He said not merely providing the first job to our youngsters is not sufficient , but there is a pressing need to identify their skill , strength and interest and make them flourish with proper support and encouragement. Rtn. Balaraj, Secretary, while introducing the Guest, said that his father was a speaker of Karnataka Assembly and uncle was a Cabinet Minister who were visionary leaders. He also informed that Prof. Gowda, has made a significant contribution to the nation as a member of RBI Board.
Sri T. Srinivas, Director, community Service proposed vote of thanks and thanked all the donors who supported the AKSHARA Project.