A group of committed social workers started Chethana Special School, Karkala, Karnataka for children with special needs at Karkala, Udupi District of Karnataka State.

“Chethana” – “Hope of Growth” a place for mentally challenged children which has been started in the year 2004 by Bharathi Seva Mandali Trust. With the objectives being to educate and rehabilitate mentally challenged children through the appropriate training and guidance to achieve the goal of enabling those children to lead an independent and peaceful life in the society in a best possible manner. Running such a kind of institution would not be so easy without the support and unity among the organizations. We are overwhelmed to have the internal as well external support not only from the faculties but also from some of the resource persons. As a result, Department for the Empowerment of differently abled and Senior Citizen was rewarded with State Award on December 3rd 2010.

Primarily when the project was planned there was no proper place for the institution to run on. By the time Sri Venkataramana Temple Trustees provided a part of building of their school as a concern, on temporary basis with mid-day lunch scheme and other facilities.

While observing the upcoming school activities of the school, one of the well wishers and also the President of the Building committee Sri. B. Ganapathi Hegde donated a valuable land in the out skirts of Karkala, away from the buzz of traffic under the shadow of Sri Krishna Temple, Anekere, Karkala. The land measuring about 0.50 acres (worth of Rs. 1.50 crores) was donated with the memory of his revered parents.

Institution was started with just 16 mentally challenged children in the year 2004.  At present, it is working with a strength of 73 students among which 80% of the students are from rural area and well below the poverty line. They are pursuing free education in the institution. There are 9 teaching and 8 non-teaching staff members serving for the institution. The school runs with the monthly maintenance expenditure of Rs. 4,00,000/- which is gathered with the help of donors & state government partial grant. Donation made to this Trust is having Income Tax Exemption U/S 80G of I.T.Act.1961.

The CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL is located in the area KARKALA TMC WARD-4 of KARKALA. CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL is in the UDUPI district of KARNATAKA state. Pincode is 574104. CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL was established in the year 2004. The management of CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL is manage by Bharathi Seva Mandali Trust ®

The coeducation status of CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL is Co-Educational. School is being residential status and the total number of students in CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL KARKALA is 73. The Total number of teachers in CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL KARKALA is 9. The total number of non teaching staff in CHETHANA SPECIAL SCHOOL is 8. The medium of instruction in CHETHANA SCHOOL is Kannada.