Dr. Umesh Keskar
We are proud to state that as per
the directions given by Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian National Congress
session held at Nagpur in 1920, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth was established in
1921, as an educational memorial of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, 'the Father
of Indian Unrest' and an advocate of National Education. The establishment of
the Vidyapeeth was aimed towards imparting National Education conceived by Lokmanya Tilak in his four-fold formula
(other three were Swaraj, Swadeshi and Boycott).
The Vidyapeeth had formulated a long-term national education programme and implemented it successfully in those days in all its affiliated colleges / institutions. It co-ordinated the efforts being made by similar institutions and provided much-needed educational facilities in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering and Ayurveda at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Emphasis was laid on the study of Sanskrit - the language of the national culture. The Vidyapeeth's policy to provide instruction through Marathi marked a beginning of a revolutionary change in the education system.
The Vidyapeeth being devoted to national education, teachers and students actively participated in the non - cooperation movement in 1930 and 1932 and in the 'Quit India' movement of 1942. As a consequence; the activities of the vidyapeeth were ceased. The Vidyapeeth, however, survived this trying period with the efforts of national - minded institutions and individuals and continued to maintain its unique identity.
Thereafter, in the changed circumstances, the Vidyapeeth took up the work of rural development and basic education. The Tilak Rashtriya Vidyalaya, Khamgaon, an affiliated institution of this Vidyapeeth is even today a centre of "Sarvodaya" examination which is recognized as equivalent to SSC examination
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth is known at the national level for its unique identity for the realization of the ideal of imparting national education and igniting patriotic sentiments amongst the youths during the pre-independence era.The Vidyapeeth had the required structure right from its inception with all its constituents, namely, the Board of Management, the Academic Council, Planning and Monitoring Board, Faculties, Finance Committee etc. along with the Chancellor,Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar as executive heads. Shri. Shankaracharya Vidyashankar Bharati (Kurtakoti), was the first Chancellor of Vidyapeeth. This post has been held by other prominent persons of intellectual eminence and recognition at the national level such as a great Sanskrit scholar Bharatacharya Shri. C. V. Vaidya, the first premier of Bombay Presidency Shri. B.G. Kher, Dr. M.S. alias Lokanayak Bapusaheb Aney, a great Sanskrit scholar and a historian Maha Mahaopdhyay Datto Vaman Potdar, and Honourable Shri. Y. B. Chavan, Shri. S. B. Chavan, Shri. Shivraj Patil - all former Union Home Ministers & Shri. Sushilkumar Shinde, the Union Minister of Power.
Several eminent personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Zakir Husain, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Shri. Sharad Pawar, Shri. Pranab Mukherji and others during their visit to the Vidyapeeth campus have appreciated its uniqueness, culture and research work.
After Independence, the Vidyapeeth entered into the discipline of Social Sciences and provided the facilities for Post Graduate Education and Research in it. The teaching and research work carried out by the Departments of Saskrit, Ayurveda and Social Sciences are well acclaimed. The concept of non - formal education was first discussed at the national level in the year 1985. Eminent scholars associated with the Vidyapeeth gave a serious thought to the promotion of non - formal education and thus in 1985 itself, the Department of Distance Education (initially known as Mukta Vidya Kendra) came into function.
Status of a Deemed University -
The Vidyapeeth was awarded the status of ‘Deemed to be University’ by Govt. of India in 1987 in recognition of its contribution in the field if education, which accorded the Vidyapeeth recognition at the national level. During the last 25 years, the Vidyapeeth has developed significantly. Today, The Vidyapeeth offers various courses through 12 Board of Studies. During the award of the status of “Deemed to be University” of the Vidyapeeth had only four faculties, namely in the fields of Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Social Science and Distance Education. Eventually the new faculties were formed in the fields of Modern Sciences, Management, Education, Engineering, Health Science and Law.
The addition of courses in new disciplines has been possible under the able guidance of Dr. Deepak Tilak, the Vice - Chancellor of the Vidyapeeth. His leadership has resulted in the Vidyapeeth transforming itself to face the challenges in today’s globalized world. The Vidyapeeth at present offers post-graduate education through MCA, MBA, B.Ed, M.Ed, MSW, L.L.B., M.J, B.Lib, M.Lib, MA (Social Sciences), MA (Marathi, Hindi, English, Japanese, Sanskrit, Indology), MA in Classical Music / Classical Dance, Ayurved and M.Com along with under graduate education through BCA, BBA, BFA, JOURNALISM, BHMCT (Hotel Management), BPT, Biotechnology, B.Sc Nursing, BSW, B.Com and B.A.
Recent Developments -
With its top class infrastructural facilities, quality education is provided to students by the professionally qualified and experienced faculty. All the courses conducted and degrees awarded by the Vidyapeeth are as per the norms and guidelines of UGC. The Departments like Administration, Accounts, Examination, Admission Section, Publication and Library are centralized and computerized. These Departments are well-equipped with ICT facilities. With a team of dedicated staff the Vidyapeeth ia all geared up to serve the student community as per the changing educational environment.
The Vidyapeeth has achieved tremendous progress through quantitative expansion and qualitative improvements on various academic fronts. The Vidyapeeth is committed to maximize the knowledge and skills of students, thus making them competent. The ethics of value-based education system are strictly followed in the Vidyapeeth to promote good character building among the young generation.