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The state of Maharashtra is one of the leading states and has been enjoying the status of “Welfare state” since independence. It has been known as the land of social reformers, thinkers, freedom fighters, spiritual leaders and world-class industrialists. The western Maharashtra, namely the districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Pune, Solapur, A. Nagar have made the lasting contribution in the development of the state.

Satara district, has established its own identity right from the pre-independence, and also from pre-British times. In pre-independence times, the city of Satara and its vicinity enjoyed the status as a center of the Parallel Government under the able guidance and leadership of a celebrated revolutionist Shri Nana Patil. The British government was haunted and Parallel Government gave nightmares to the British Government, The district is noted for valour (a number of soldiers from the district are active in Indian army today) and also for its phyto-geographical diversity.

City Of Satara

Within the district, the city of Satara has a strategic role and location. Geographical location of the city was strategic for the rulers of the Maratha Empire in pre-British times. So, Satara was later on chosen as the capital city of Maratha empire. This small city which is situated at the foot of Ajinkyatara, the fort, is rich with the living historical architectures such as royal palace, Ajinkyatara, water tanks, water supply scheme (Kaas), temples. Water supply scheme is the best example of the use of gravity.

It is surrounded by hill ranges on two sides which was then considered to be strategic warfare-wise in 19th century. Its limits are sealed by the Yawateshwar hill in the west, by the fort Ajinkyatara in the south, by the Krishna river in the east and by a small Limb pass in the north,

In post-independence India, western Maharashtra emerged as the pioneering state in cooperative sector. Satara is one of the leading cities in this sector. Co­operative sugar factories, cooperative consumer stores, co-operative milk-collection and diary centers, cooperative agro-produce and marketing committees,cooperative housing development societies, cooperative credit societies and many others have developed a wide network of the cooperative movement.

The city has in its vicinity the area which is enormously rich in biodiversity. In south-west is the Sajjangad, the hill that was converted into a dwelling of seventeenth spiritual leader and saint Shri Samarlh Ramdas, In north-west are two widely known hill-stations, Panchagani and Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani is a well-known educational center humming with residential English-medium schools and Mahabaleshwar is a pleasure island for tourists and a treasure of biodiversity.

The city, which is a little cut-off from droning industrial centers like Pune and Mumbai, enjoys unpolluted, unaffected and peaceful life.

One more thing Satara is known for and takes pride in is “Kandi Pedhe”, the special sweets.

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LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI COLLEGE, SATARA

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The first decade of post-independence India had many challenges to face. They were poverty, population, superstition, starvation and ill-health. It was realized by some visionaries that the root cause of all these evils was illiteracy. Spread of literacy and education in the first couple of decades without any financial assistance by the Govt, was almost a dream.

Plight of the illiterate masses was heart-rending. This led Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe to open a secondary school (Bhavani Highschool) first and Lal Bahadur Shastri College later in Satara in the year 1967 with a modest number of students (167).

A college run by another educational institute was out to educate the first generation of free India. Since that college was situated on the outskirts and far from the main oily, parents were unwilling to send their daughters to college.

Though distance was one of the main hurdles, there were many others such as lack of awareness, orthodox Thinking, financial poverty S Jack of transport facility. Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe gave a serious thought and determined to gel over all these difficulties by opening this college in the midst of the city. The location of the college is critical in many respects. Since it is located In the midst of thickly populated residential zones, it does not have enough area to make available play-grounds, running track, a big enough parking facility, a big enough botanical garden and spacious campus. Convenience especially of working students, girls students, girl-students from Muslim and backward families were given priority above every thing else. Then existing college run by another educational institute was and still is a day college. Lal Bahadur Shastri college started functioning as a morning college {Arts and Commerce wings) for the convenience of the working students, the girls and students commuting from neighbouring villages.

The aims and objectives behind opening and running this college were formulated considering the needs of beneficiaries i.e. local students and society at large. They are –

  • To prepare the students academically sound and help them to face university examinations successfully.
  • To help them to develop their overall personality by organizing various activities.
  • To lap the potentials of the gifted students and boost them.
  • To inculcate in them discipline, national integration, secularism, social commitments and human values.
  • To educate the first generation learners of educationally deprived communities.
  • To encourage backward communities and orthodox Muslims to send their Daughters for higher education,
  • To provide education to drop-outs and working students by running Arts and Commerce wings in morning session.

The college is named alter the late Prime Minister Shri. Lal Bahadur Sahstri to commemorate his concern for jawans and Kisaan and for the masses and their upliftment. The college was unveiled at the auspicious hands of Smt. Lalitadevi Shastri. The college has been on the forefront in offering noted alumni who have contributed substantially to various fields at national and international levels and have enriched it to their maximum. To name a few: Late Nanda Jadhav -a veteran athlete who represented India in international Athletics Competition, Poland (Varsa) and a winner of award from the Board of sports was honored with the Chatrapati Award, Surekha Bhosale, the first motorwoman in Indian Railways and perhaps the first motorwoman at international level, Vijay Jadhav Captain of Maharashtra Kabaddi team and represented Maharashtra at National level and Chatrapati Award Winner, Manisha Shinde represented Shivaji University at national level in power lfting and ranked fifth, Sangram Uthale Captain of Maharashtra Kabaddi team, represented Maharashtra at the national level, Sayaji Shinde, renowned film and theatre actor featuring in Marathi, Hindi and South Indian film Industry. Shrikant Deshpande is shouldering responsibilities in “Indian Administrative Services’1 There are still numerous other alumni who have been holding high offices in different walks of Life. –

Co-curricular activities go a long way in strengthening curricular activities that make the very process of education qualitative and relevant. Since its inception thjs college has been conducting co curricular activities through different 16 associations such as Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe English Literary Association, Science Association, Nature Club, Cultural Association, etc. One of the striking activities under co-curricular activities is writing and display of wall papers. Various departments from the college have prepared and displayed 79 walls papers on various relevant topics.

Library has a unique place in the very process of teaching and [earning. It is rated no less than a blood vessel. Besides regular issuing of the books, the college has been giving book bank facility to students. So far, 35410 students have availed this facility.

This college has created its own place in Shivaji University in running NSS activities meaningfully and in the right spirit. It is one of the constructive channels through which 20 different extension and community development activities are implemented and this has been there for over the last three decades. These activities include blood donation camps, animal husbandry camp, AIDS awareness and Health camp, Anti addiction and prohibition movement, plantation etc.

N.S.S. volunteer represented the college in R,D, parade, N.S.S. for us is not only an extension activity but an optional subject in curriculum. This is one of the few colleges in the University that teaches NSS as a subject,

Alongwilh NSS, the college has been sanctioned 2 units of Boys’ NCC wherein college students are trained as incumbent defence personnel and disciplined and responsible civilians. So far, NCC has trained 209 ‘Br certificate and 49 ‘C’ certificate holder cadets .This unit is represented in pre-R-D, camp by 2 cadets, R.D. parade by 3 cadets and summer camp at Delhi by 6 cadets,

This college has produced a numerous University rankers in different subjects from three faculties. These toppers are from the departments of History, Sanskrit, Mathematics, Botany. Zoology Accountancy, and Pre-degree commerce. Miss. Pratishtha Kulkarni (2001) and Miss. Mayura S. Rajebhosale(Rajadne)(2003) are the university toppers in Sanskrit and are honoured with six awards each. Miss. Mayura Rajebhosale topped the University list of successful candidates for the three consecutive years and she has been a recepient of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sanstha, New Delhi for three consecutive years. A big number of students has been awarded national, state and university merit scholarships alongwith scholarships from trusts and individuals. So far 27 students have been awarded National, 6 state and 5 University merit scholarships. The Shastri trust gave away 176 scholarships to meritorious students.

The department of Sanskrit is the unique department for achievements by the

faculty and the students. One of the most striking achievements is that it has been able to attract over 3/4 of the final year students who are Muslims. The next is, it has produced over half a dozen university rankers and both the teachers have been recognized M.Phil. and Ph.D, guides. Dr. A.H. Salunkhe has been acknowledged, appreciated as a renowned thinker who has revolutionary books to his credit and he is showered with over 2 dozen honours and awards.

Shivaji University doesn’t have The Department of Sanskrit on its campus. Sof almost all viva voces for M.PhiL and Ph.D, are conducted in this college. In fact, this college functions as a Sanskrit research centre for Shivaji University.