|'Shri Swami Vivekanand Shikshan Sanstha, Kolhapur' is one of the few renowned and leading educational institutions in Maharashtra (India). Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe Started toying with his drem- project of founding an educational institute which he did in 1954. He made the resolution of founding 'Shri Swami shikshan sansth' in a small temple of Lord Muralidhar (Lord krishna) Situated on the confluence of holy rivers the krishna and the Koyana. He selected equally holy place to begin the sacred mission which, later on, become a life-time work for
Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe.
Revered Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe took up the task of the spread of education with the difinite objective in mind. His objective was to transform a person not only into knowledgeable or learned but into a wise, civilised and refined human being. He resolved to inculcate in them priceless human values such as truth, honesty, character, anti-exploitation spirit, sacrifice, service and love. These values, he knew, will shape any person into a sensible, refined and responsible citizen and such citizen, in turn will create an ideal and morally strong society rich with character. Bapuji's very vision of noble teaching by Swami Vivekanand, the Geeta and the Upanishadas. He was possessed with the thought of using education to transmit these teaching to shape a person into ideal citizens fired with patriotism, morality and sacrifice. He knew that this was a precondition for well- behaved, refined society rich with morality and character. To bring about constructive transformtion in society was the main objective of Bapuji while founding this educational institute and he was committed to that .
The educational institute, registered with charity commissioner under Public Trust Act, has been making progress by leaps and bounds, qualitatively quantitatively, under able guidance of principal Abhaykumar Salunkhe, the Secretary. He has been striving ceaselessly to set an example of excellent governance, organisation and management.
This educational concern has attained the growth to the tune of 22 undergraduate collges, 66 highersecondary schools 170 secondary schools and b72 other educational units. The institution takes pride in sending over 1000 students to engineering and over 100 students to medical courses every years. This speaks for the impressive performace of the institute. in addtion to this, over 2500 students pass out as graduates from different streams every year.
The annual budget of this second largest education institute in maharashtra is Rs 4,00000000/- ( rupees four hundred millions). The total number of students taking instructions at various levels in a variey of programmes is estimated to be 200000 (two hundred thousands) and about 7500 teachers have been discharging their pious duty to materialize the dream of late Dr. Bapuji Salunkhe. How can one forget an invaluable contribution made by shri Swmi Vivekanad Shikshan Sanstha in social transformation in the state of Maharashtra (India)?