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).
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.
Prominent persons having national recognition such as Shri. Yashvantrao Chavan, Shri. Shankarrao Chavan, and Shri. Shivraj Patil-Chakurkar (all three former Union Home Ministers), have been the Chancellor of the Vidyapeeth in the past. Presently, Shri. Vishwanath Palashikar holds the position.
Several eminent personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Zakir Husain, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and others during their visit to the Vidyapeeth campus have appreciated its uniqueness, culture and research work.
The teaching and research work carried out by the Departments of Sanskrit, 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 being.
Status of a Deemed University -
The tremendous work done in the fields of Sanskrit , Ayurveda, Social Sciences and Distance Education was taken into account by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi and on its recommendation the Central Government awarded the status of a "Deemed to be University" to Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in the year 1987. The award of the Deemed University status accorded the Vidyapeeth recognition at the national level.
Recent Developments -
Till the academic year 2003-04,Vidyapeeth had a few programs on offer. However,the Vidyapeeth is fortunate to have Lokmanya Tilak's great grandson Dr. Deepak J. Tilak as the Vidyapeeth Vice-Chancellor since June 2004. Since then, the Vidyapeeth as a whole has transformed itself to face the challenges put forth by the fast changing world.
The department of Distance Education has taken a great leap ahead with the launch of several programmes. This also marked the beginning of the growth of the Vidyapeeth within the State by means of establishing study center network. The initiative taken in this regard by Dr. Deepak J. Tilak encouraged other departments as well to look forward and re-oriented themselves with new perspectives.
The re-orientation has resulted for the Vidyapeeth to enter into the field of Modern Sciences and Professional Skills. In addition to the programs that cherish our Indian heritage the Vidyapeeth has also launched several courses in the fields of Management, Engineering, Bio-technology , Computer Sciences, Animation, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Journalism, Mass- Media, Education and so on. All the degrees awarded by the Vidyapeeth are as per the norms and guidelines of UGC, DEC and NCTE.
With the well-equipped infra-structure, facilities of Information -Communication Technology and with a team of dedicated staff the Vidyapeeth is all geared up to take the challenges of globalization. Almost all the programs offered under the Distance Mode are also available on Regular/Full time basis under the Faculty of Modern Sciences and Professional Skills.
The Vidyapeeth also offers value-added programs like Six-Sigma, Soft-Skills, CAD-CAM-CAE to all in - campus students in order to improve their personality and skills. Also available are facilities like Language Lab, ITC etc. Finally, to ensure appropriate placement for the students, the Vidyapeeth has also established a Placement Cell.
The Vidyapeeth is committed to maximize the knowledge and skills of students, thus making them competent to meet global challenges. The ethics of value-based education system are strictly followed in the Vidyapeeth to promote good character building among the young generation .
On behalf of the Vidyapeeth I welcome all the students and look forward to them to serve the nation for fulfilling Lokmanya's dream of building a strong and modern India.