Hangal is the taluk headquarters in the district of Haveri in North Karnataka. The district came into being in 2001 carved out of Gulbarga District. There are quite a number of schools in Hangal but the dropout rate is quite high the cause being migration and poverty. Roshni Social Action Centre started in Hangal by the Ursuline Franciscan Sisters brought a ray of hope to the people of Hangal. Having seen or heard that convents are always associated with schools people insisted that the Sisters start an English medium school in Hangal as there was none in the vicinity. Their request was positively responded to by Sr. Grace Alvares, the then Superior and directress of Roshni Centre. Sr. Lilly Pinto, the Deputy Secretary of Mangalore Province approached the Education department and worked for the permission to start the Roshni Lower Primary School in Hangal.
Three acres of land were bought just one kilometer away from Roshni Social Action Centre. Pre –primary classes and class 1 (lower primary school) were started in 2003. As the construction of the school building was in progress classes were temporarily housed in Roshni Social Action Centre with 82 students and Sr. Gabriel Rodrigues was appointed as the first Headmistress. When the building was ready the School was shifted to the present building. Sr. Apoline Pais sought Permission to start a higher primary school in 2007-08 and a high school in 2010-11.
In the year 2013 when the first batch of students passed out of the School with 100% results, a record in the history of Hangal was created. It was a matter to celebrate not only for the School, staff and students but the whole of Hangal town as Roshni proved its mettle by being the best school in terms of education of quality. The first batch was 39 in number. At present the School strength is 692 When Sr. Apoline Pais was transferred in 2009 the lot fell on Sr. Linet D’ Souza who strives with the help of the staff and the collaboration of the Parent-Teachers’ Association towards quality education of every child. In the Year 2016-17 Roshni High School Secure 100 % result in S.S.L.C. Board examination with a student securing 98.84%.
Roshni School always recognizes the hard work put in by the Sisters and the staff together with the generosity of the Congregation and local people. This institution has made tremendous progress within the span of 10 years. This was possible because of the dedicated, enthusiastic, hardworking headmistresses and their collaborators. Sr Gabriel Rodrigues was the headmistress for two years, Sr.Apoline Pais the second headmistress who worked hard for the permission and recognition of Roshni Hr Pry and High School. They took personal interest in the performance of the students and did their best for a holistic education. When Sr. Apoline Pais was transferred in 2009 the lot fell on Sr. Linet D’Souza who strives with the help of the staff and the collaboration of the Parent- Teachers’ Association towards quality education of every child. Abacus, Computer education, Smart Class and a good library are introduced to suit the present challenging world. In the Year 2016-17 Roshni High School Secure 100 % result in S.S.L.C.Board examination with a student securing 98.84%.
As the demand for admission is on the increase there is a need to have additional divisions, and to extend the building. Hence a new Block is Constructed and was inaugurated on 10 th February 2018 by Very Rev. Sr. Susheela Sequiera, the Superior General of the Ursuline Franciscan Congregation. It is also necessary to train more Sisters to continue this apostolate with greater commitment and make sure the School makes a difference to the general public of Hangal.