VIDYA PRASARAK MANDAL is a pioneer educational institution registered
under Public Trust Act on 1st Aug, 1935
with Charity Commissioner, Bombay, under registered no.F (5)-T.
The primary school started by Shri Trimbak R. Ghanekar on 7th April, 1932 was later registered with local Board as Khasgi Marathi Shala in 1933-34. Vidya Prasarak Mandal had taken over this school in 1935. The school started growing and the space required for accomodation of the classes had become grave and the school started its journey from Sahasrabuddhe bungalow, Brahmin Society office, Gokhale chawl and so on.
On 29th Sept, 1957 the present Trustee of Vidya Prasarak Mandal Dr.V.N.Bedekar and his colleagues Late Mr. G.N.Joshi, T.M.Phadke, Savlaram Patil, Prof.K.G.Kunte, Shri R.S.Bhagwat took the hold of this Mandal from the hands of the then President Mr.D.P.Athavale, Pleader. They first prepared Constitution.
On 21-10-1958, Vijyadashmi day first new building of Dr.Bedekar Vidya Mandir was opened at the hands of honourable Mr.S.M.Joshi. On 1st June, 1958 the Secondary Section of this school started functioning under the Principal Shri D.W.Tillu (Ex-Vice President of Vidya Prasark Mandal). This section started growing very fast and the first batch of the students was sent to S.S.C. Exam in June, 1960.
In the year 1968 the Mandal had decided to enter the college education and accordingly they had approached the govt of Maharashtra for the land. The State government had gifted a piece of 13.5 acres of land in the Thane creek area. The development of that land was difficult due to the marshy land. After filling up the land the Mandal had started the construction of Arts college building on 25th Jan,1969. The then revenue minister of Maharashtra State Mr.Balasaheb Desai had given a helpful hand to Mandal in getting the land and it was possible only because of the efforts of the then Vice-President Mr.P.Savlaram. For constructing the Arts college building Mr.K.G.Joshi had donated Rs.1 lac to Mandal, and hence the college is named as K.G.Joshi college of Arts, while Smt.Savitribai Bedekar donated Rs.1 lac for commerce college and that college is known by her husband's name as theN.G.Bedekar college of commerce. For the construction of the science college the then Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Bhausaheb Bandodkar has generously donated Rs.3.20 lacs, and the college is therefore known by his father's name as B.N.Bandodkar college of science. All the colleges were originally affiliated to Pune University but later on in 1975 they were affiliated to Bombay University. The First Principal of Joint Arts,Commerce and Science collge was Prof.K.G.Bedekar while the First Principal of ouly Arts and Commerce college after science college bifurcated in 1975 was Prof.S.D.Mulgaonkar. Principal of Science Collge was Prof.M.D.Nadkarni.
The students who desired to go for higher studies after getting the degree, Mandal had decided to go for Law college and with the help of Thane Municipal Council, The TMC Law College was started in 1972. The first Principal of the Law College was Prof.B.D.Taskar. Similarly, Institute of Management Studies was started in 1973 with two years post graduate diploma in Management Studies of Bombay University along with the other autonomous diploma/certificate courses.
The need of English Medium School was felt
and with the help of donation given by Mr.S.K.Joshi,
"Sau.Anandibai Keshav Joshi
English Medium School" started functioning under the Head Mistress
Mrs.Roshan Patel in 1976.
In 1981-82, Mandal had decided to go for Polytechnic and due to efforts of Ex-Chairman Shri R.K.Gokhale, Mandal could get the sanction of Maharashtra Technical Board to start the following 4 courses with the total capacity of 180 students.
1) Electronic Power system
2) Industrial Electronics
3) Chemical Engineering
4) Instrunmentation technology.
VPM"s Polytechnic started working on 3rd
september, 1983. The first Principal of the Polytechnic was
Shri K.G.Vaze. A beautiful and breezy auditorium with O.H.D., L.C.D. panel and other facilities of 300 seating capacity with specious canteen is built by Mandal on college campus in 1993. The auditorium is named as "Thorle Bajirao Peshwe Sabhagriha" on 25th December, 1997.
A book of Mandal"s Sixty
years history was published in December, 1997. The book was
written by the Secretary Shri A.D.Tillu and it was edited by Prof.M.S.Pathak.
Along with many prizes to the school /college students Vidya Prasarak Mandal also gives Late Shri D.W.Tillu Science Scholarshipof Rs.1000/- every year to the Post graduate student of Medical/ENgineering/Science.
In Bhave Rashtriya Vyakhanmala Mandal arranges a lecture every year of a renowned person on burning National issues. Mandal had started its magazine 'Disha' in July, 1996 under the editorship of Dr.Vijay V.Bedekar, a member of the managing committee.
On 21st February, 1998, Mandal had started "Internet Facility" in college campus for the benefit of college students/professors. On 16-8-98 the Mandal has undertaken the project of Library automation.
Mandal has so far spent about Rs.4,24,00,000/- on construction of school and college buildings.
MANDAL'S ARCHITECTS :-
1) Shri S.H.Godbole
2) Shri Dharap
3) Shri V.G.Pansare
CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS:- 1) Shri V.G.Kale & CO.
2) Shri S.V.Kale
Financial aids are availed of by the Mandal from the following Banks :
1) Bharat Sahakari Bank Ltd
2) Canara Bank
3) Bank of India
4) Bank of Baroda
5) Rupee Co.Op.Bank Ltd
Many ex-students of the school/colleges have achieved the higher and respectable
positions in central/state government and other institutions in various
fields of life. Mandal is proud of all of them.