Gurukuls-Siddhavana and Rathnamanasa
Realizing that education was the best option to eradicate poverty, Shri Manjayya Heggade made a small beginning by establishing Siddhavana. This educational institution drew inspiration from the Gurukul of ancient times. It was followed by Rathnamanasa, another gurukul for young kids, started by Shri Ratnavarma Heggade.
To affectionately bind the children in a relationship of love and respect for each other -coming as they do from different cultural backgrounds - these two Gurukuls encourage the students to manage their own kitchen gardens and dairies. Each Gurukul has a petty shop that caters to the daily needs of the students. These shops too, are managed by the students themselves. To inculcate into them a deep sense of responsibility to manage the institutions within the stipulated budgets, the day to day accounts of the Gurukuls are also maintained by the students. Regular rotation of roles helps each student get an equal exposure.
No wonder, that every child or student who passes through these two Gurukuls, is ready and fully equipped to face life in all its diversity.