Hind Seva Mandal, a pioneer institution in the field of education enjoys a sense of pride and fulfillment at its completion of seventy five years’ untiring work in disseminating education. Right from its inception the Mandal has always cherished the aim that even the lowest of low must have an opportunity to be well educated and self -reliant.
The Humble Beginning
Inspired by the work of the visionaries like Mahatma Phule, Lokmanya Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi, S. M. alias Buvasaheb Borkar, Trimbak Aabaji alias Nanasaheb Deochakke, Balwant Babaji Deshpande, Haribhau Keshav Patwardhan, Chintaman Mohaniraj Saptarshi, Yashwant Digambar Vaidya, R. B. G. K. Chitale, R. B. N. B. Deshmukh, Shantilalji Patni, K. S. Phirodia and the other like-minded founded ‘Anath Vidyarthi Grih’ in 1913 for the poor children to enable them to have education. This was followed by Carpentary Workshop. Encouraged by the success of these ventures, Hind Seva Mandal came in to being in 1922.
The Great Freedom-Fighter Dada Chaudhari and Rashtriya Pathshala encouraged many other personalities to associate themselves with their selfless services. R. B. Ramachandra Balavant Badave, Dr. Purushottam Mohaniraj, Dr. Gangadhar Shastri Gune, Vyankatesh Shridhar Chinchorkar, Sadashiv Pandharinath Bhalerao, Laxman Shankar Chinchorkar, Navaneetdas Narayandas Barshikar, Gopal Ramchandra Gaykaiwari, Sadashiv Sitaram Udas, Govinddas Gopaldas Nevaskar, Zumberlal Sitaram Sarda, TryambakVitthal alias Nanasaheb Nisal, Dr. Narayan Ganesh Karkamkar, Dr. Shriniwas Krishnaji Kulkami, Dr. Shriram Naganath Ranade, Dattatraya Rangnath Nisal, Gopal Ramchandra Mokashi, Madhukar Gangadhar Bagade, Ramchandra Pandharinath Kanavade, Keshav Jagannath Kshirsagar, Babusheth Kabara, Pralhad Nagesh Hoshing, Dinakarrao Rayate, Ramabhau Htre, Bhai Sattha, Baburao Chaukar, Kisansingh Pardeshi, Dr. Bhaskarrao Agashe, Ramnarayan Khatod and others are associates of Hind SevaMandal.
Blessings of Great Leaders and Celebrities
Pandit Nehru, Dr. Radhakrishnan, Dr. Zakir Husain, Kakasaheb Gadgil visited our institutions on different occasions and appreciated the work rendered with missionary zeal. Kusumagraj, a great poet, lauded our work and the celebrities in the fields of science, film, drama were very happy with the Mandal’s accomplishments.
‘Amrut Mahotsav’ – a Mile Stone in the unending pilgrimage
The incessant work put in by enthusiastic men bore fruit and now the Mandal is like an imperishable evergreen tree whose roots have been strengthened by a band of devoted workers and whose branches bask in glory providing shade to thousands of students quenching their insatiable thirst for knowledge. In this pilgrimage, the Carpentry workshop and the soap-factory complement the need-based job-oriented education. Over thirty Institutions imparting instructions from KG to PG have had a major share in the cause of meaningful education. The well-wishers and patrons irrespective of caste, creed and religion have been the pillars of the edifice.
The Mandal is now confident of surmounting any obstacle. The dedicated school and college teachers, non-teaching members have left nothing undone. Here, the highlights of this work may be mentioned.
* The first secondary school set up in an inaccessible tribal area is an eloquent testimony to this work.
* Provision of night schools at Ahmednagar and Shrirampur for those who wish to earn and learn.
* The Mandal has always aimed at providing education responding to the needs of changing times. The computer training launched m every school is a pointer to this.
* Ensuring the continuity of the brilliant students in the merit list.
* Developing small scale industries like Soap-factory, Carpentry Workshop to facilitate work-culture.
* Grooming promising students to enable them to compete at the national and international levels.
* Making successful attempts in constructing spacious buildings and developing play grounds.
* These activities carried out with a missionary zeal articulate our aims and objectives.
* Unbroken tradition of successful students with glorious accomplishments.
Thus during this pilgrimage of 75 years we have achieved laudable success. In different fields – literature, industry, sports, social and cultural research, science and technology, health-service, administration, management -the students of this institution have displayed praiseworthy success. They have been our proud treasure.
The dedicated and determined volunteers who helped realise the dream
Under the able leadership of President Shri. S.V. alias Mamasaheb Hatvalne, Sarvashri Dada Waman Joshi, A. R. Kulkami, Ratnakarji Dasre, Annasaheb Jadhav, Bandopant alias Sharadchandra Kulkami, Advocate Dilip Darvekar, Gokulseth Gandhi, Shirishrao Modak, Brijlalji and Shamseth Sarda, Adv. Achyutrao Pingle, Subhashrao Sable, Dr. Ramesh Zarkar, Rajendraji Chopda, Anantrao Deshpande, Arunkumar Dugad, Hiralalji Chopda, Siddheshwar Dharmadhikari, Dr. Chandrashekhar . Deshpande, Satishsheth Boob, Simartmal Bhandari, Heramb Auti, D. T. Dalal, Madanlal Barmecha, Prabhakar Dasre, Avinash Apte, Anil Deshpande, Sau Padmaja Bhutda, Chandrakant Sagam, Uttamrao Keval and so many others. Their determination, devotion and selfless services have been of immense value in the forward march of Mandal.
The Mandal humbly requests the industrialists and other well-wishers to extend their generous help. This generous help would go a long way in launching new ambitious programs. The determination of dedicated office bearers would enable the Mandal to undertake modem projects in the schools and the colleges so that they would give a fillip for responding to the fast changing needs in the Fiélds ot science and other fields. Education needs a strong financial support and we ardently believe that you would unhesitatingly come to our help m our attempts to give a facelift to our institution.
Future goal to achieve
Job oriented courses at graduate and post-graduate levels are to be started, such as –
Management Courses – Master in Management science (M.M.S.), Master in Computer Management (M.C.M.), Co-operative Diploma, and Human Resource Development Management etc.
Science Courses – M. Sc., D.M.L.T., C.M.L.T., Diploma m Auto Engineering, Horticulture Standing at the threshold of 21st century, Hind Seva Mandal has immense pleasure in organizing Amruit Mahotsav. We solicit the generous support of all so that we would be invigorated to dedicate to the nation well-educated, well-bred band of enthusiastic youth exuding confidence and pledged to the relentless task of nation building.
Pemraj Sarda College, Ahmednagar
Pemraj Sarda College is one of the famous colleges in the Ahmednagar district and is established by Hind Seva Mandal in 1962.The foundation stone was laid by our late Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Hind Seva Mandal was established in 1922 with the aim of propagation of education in the Ahmednnagar district. The workers of the institution were the common people of middle class society without any political or economical support, but they had the ambition, will power and sustained efforts to build up the society and consequently the nation for over all upliftment. They were influenced by the images of the great revolutionaries and freedom fighters like Lokmanya Tilak, Mahtma Gandhi and Vir.Savarkar. The activists like Senapati Bapat, Raosaheb Patwardhan, Nanasaheb Nisal etc. gave leadership to this prosperous institution. It is now running 32 different schools, colleges and workshops in the Ahmednagar district.
Late Shri Zumberlal Sarda donated Rs.1 lakh in the name of his brother Pemraj. And then the college was stared in a small building of “Anath Vidyarthi Gruh”, (an orphanage). The Chief Minister Shri Y.B.Chavan inaugurated this college. Initially, Arts and Science College was started. Soon after commerce faculty was also started along with the post graduation courses in various subjects. In due course, step-by-step, the necessary constructions were made with the help of the generous people and the valuable grants from U.G.C. Even the staff of the Hind Seva Mandal had contributed much for building and for development of this college. In 1987 the library building was constructed, for which Madhavlalji Dhoot, a generous industrialist in Ahmednagar, contributed Rs. 1 lakh.
Now the college has big play ground, a boys Hostel, about 5000 Sq. Mts. built up area for classrooms, office and for other purposes. The college administers the coaching in three faculties along with several subjects for about 2500 students. The Junior College was started in 1976. Since then, our students are regularly in the merit list. The college and its departmental activities, especially Gymkhana department constantly keeps name of the college flashing in the newspapers.
Currently, there are 37 junior college teachers, 36 senior college Teachers and 32 non-teaching staff in the college. All of the teachers are well versed in their subjects and most of them are engaged in some or other social activities. Various teachers won best teacher state award and other prizes in various fields. This college is proud of all these achievements.
The college has been offering Bachelors’ degrees in arts, science and commerce and three PG courses in Marathi, Political Science and Commerce.
In the Science faculty, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Botany, Zoology and Electronics are the subjects offered, out of which Physics, Chemistry and Electronics are Special subjects at the B.Sc level. In the Arts faculty, Marathi, Hindi, English, History, Political Science, Economics and Geography are the subjects offered. There are Masters’ programmes in Marathi, Political Science and Commerce. A certificate course in Spoken Sanskrit is also offered by the college.
The subjects are taught according to the regulations of the University of Pune and the courses are restructured accordingly. The students have choice in respect of offered Elective Options only. Teachers of the college have participated in various curricula design of the University. There is a periodic academic audit by the university.
Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The students are admitted to the various courses on merit. The advanced learners are encouraged / motivated to plan ahead by conducting personal guidance for better students. Special library facilities like text book borrowing, visiting lectures, group discussions and seminars are some of the measures utilized to enhance the learning profile of poor and talented students.
The college encourages teachers to make their teaching plan through departmental meetings, preparation of timetables and distribution of teaching work. The teaching schedule is also unitized according to the semester system in some courses. The college supplements the lecture method of teaching by study tours, practicals, projects, seminars and workshops, guest lectures, industry visits and field observations. The college has the facility to provide audio-visual aids.
The total number of teaching days is 186 while the office works for 240 days in an year. The ratio of full time teachers to part-time teachers is 33: 2, while the ratio of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is 35: 32
The evaluation methods are communicated to the students well in advance by the college. The students are evaluated through tutorials, term-end examinations, oral tests and the annual/semester University examinations. The teachers are recruited as per the University Act. A fairly large number of ad hoc teachers have been appointed to carry out the work load as prescribed by the University and Government.
A fairly large number of teaching staff have attended seminars / workshops / conferences as participants/resource persons. The college follows the self–appraisal method to evaluate the performance of teachers. The college conducts faculty development programmes and 19 teachers have been benefited from this program. It is heartening to note that 5 teachers have received teaching awards, from various organizations.
Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college promotes research by providing teachers study leave. The College has designated a person for counseling and extension activities. The various extension activities of the college are: Community Development, Social Work, Health and Hygiene awareness, Medical Camp, Blood donation camp, AIDS awareness and Environmental awareness. The NSS wing of the college is actively engaged in outreach programmes. There is also an NCC outfit in the college.
The extension activities are widely publicized and teachers encourage students to participate by distributing the work.
The most outstanding extension activity of the college is the “SNEHALAYA” project which is directed by the teachers of the political science department with the full participation of other teachers and students.
Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college ensures optimum utilization of infrastructure by sharing facilities available in one department with other departments whenever required by conducting evening classes. The college makes efforts to keep the campus beautiful by forming various committees. The college library is well maintained and has an advisory committee. The library has a book bank facility, reprography, audio and videocassettes and internet. The number of working days of the library is 273. The library works 10 hours per day. The collection amounts to 35476 books. The college has a central computer facility. The LibrariFan has taken some steps to computerize the library records.
The Dept of Physics and Electronics as well as the Dept. of Commerce have their own computers. The college has a table tennis hall, weight lifting and training hall, boxing hall, basket ball ground, Kho-Kho ground, Volleyball ground, Kabbadi Ground, Cricket and Football ground and Mall-Khamb ground.
Outstanding sports persons are felicitated by yearly scholarship, tracksuits, prizes during annual sports events and physiotherapy facilities.
Criterion V –Student Support and Progression
The college has a fairly good record of University results. Many students go on to higher education in Ahmednagar and in other nearby metropolitan centers. The students are encouraged through career guidance and coaching for competitive examinations. Many students have attained success in different walks of life. Financial assistance is available from the State and Central governments. The college has an alumni association.
The policies and criteria regarding admission are made clear to students through counseling, advertisement and prospectus and departmental activities. Indoor games, Outdoor Games, Debate clubs, Audio-Video facilities, Essay writing, student magazines and cultural programs are conducted to the students.
Organization and Management
The college administration is supervised by Principal and the Local management committee. The college has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the teaching and non-teaching staff. There is a special committee for preparing the academic calendar.
The welfare programs available in the college include Book bank system, Earn while you Learn scheme, College Scholarships, free admission to economically backward students, support from Sports academy and Credit Co-operative society. The college has a grievance redressal committee. Various loans available to the employees of the college include Housing Finance, Credit Co-op Society, Local Banks and advance from Provident fund. The office accounts have been partly computerized and work is in progress for automation.
The college has adopted a mechanism for internal quality checks through the supervision of the Local Management Committee and overall administration by the Principal and Vice-Principal of the institution. The college imparts value -based education to students by conducting special cultural programmes including the celebration of anniversaries of national leaders, lectures, shramdan and other outreach activities.
The following are the healthy practices observed in this institution:
• The management, teaching and non-teaching staff is all life-members of the Hind Seva Mandal, the parent body of the institution. Thus the college functions like a family and all its employees feel a sense of involvement in it. Public contributions are invited from all sections of society for the development of the college.
• Students are encouraged to participate in NCC and NSS activities, cultural activities, social awareness programmes, health and cleanliness drives, tree plantation, traffic control (as volunteers for Ganesh Utsav to help the police administration), rallies for causes such as Polio and AIDS eradication, national integration, relief for earthquake victims, etc. The college attempts to bring in Community Orientation in all its activities.
• The institution carries out a major extension activity through the involvement of its staff and students in the charitable institution ” SNEHALAYA” dedicated to caring for abandoned children and the rehabilitation of HIV positive patients and victims of immoral trafficking. This is one of the most remarkable outreach programmes witnessed anywhere.
• The college has an outstanding record in sports and youth affairs with 61 University Blues in the last five years. The Physical Director is exemplarily qualified and has transformed a number of students, especially girls, into able sports persons instilling confidence, dedication and fitness awareness among them. In the light of the above, the college may think of starting a B.P.Ed. Course.
• The college library has a good collection of books which are very well kept and classified. The students benefit from an extensive text book loan section.
• Career guidance and coaching for competitive examinations are given to the students. This practice has a proven track record shown by the success of students in various fields including IAS.
• The Psychology department has a counseling centre for solving the problems of students, staff and the public.
• The botanical garden has a collection of 150 species.
• The department of physics and electronics has trained students in project work and these students have shown their capabilities to start self-employment.
• The Department of Marathi has worked extensively in the field of folklore research and preservation, tribal welfare and upliftment of tribal communities. The staff has made sizeable research contributions in the form of books and articles and the Head of the Department has guided students towards Ph.D.
• The staff of the institution is well-qualified and shows a commendable dedication to the teaching-learning process.
• The students have shown consistently good results in university examinations as a result of the care and guidance of their teachers. There is a good interactive process between teachers and students, including group discussions, step-by-step study, case-studies and seminars.
A number of departments have been able to attract eminent personalities/professionals for lectures and seminars/workshops.