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About Us

Bharat Education Society, Rukadi (converted into a Trust and renamed as Balasaheb Mane Education Trust in 1991)was established in the year 1984 in the loving memory of Late Sambhajirao Mane, the only son of the founder president Shri.Balasaheb Mane,(then the M.P.of Ichalkaranji). Earlier in his life, Shri.Balasaheb Mane had to struggle hard, as he hailed from a moderate family background. He climbed up the ladder of success starting From the sarpanchship of Rukadi to the position of the M.P. of Ichalkaranji constituency, which gave him the opportunity to reach the masses and read their genuine difficulties and the reasons thereof. He had been a keen observer who could understand that helpless, poor and unenlightened masses could be relived of their socio-economic problems only through education.

Once being a rural youth, he had the all round idea of the capacities and qualities of the rural youth and knew that what they need is proper guidance and inspiration. Furthermore, he was inspired by the thoughts and acts of Chhatrapati Shivaji, Rajarshi Shahu and Mahatma Phule. Hence, when he thought of creating a memorial of his son, he established the educational institution, which would help the students, especially girls, in and around Rakudi. Thus, Sambhajirao Mane Girls’ High School was established in 1987. As needs grew, Bharat Education Society started New English School (lateron renamed as Kakasaheb Mane High School) in 1988, Chhatrapati Shivaji Shikshanshastra Mahavidyalaya (B.ED. College) in 1990 and a junior college attached to Sambhajirao Mane Girls’ High School in 1990.

This growth, however, was insufficient as the students had to go either Kolhapur or Ichalkaranji for graduation .Most of the students cannot afford it or they have responsibilities at home i.e. working in their own farms, or as farm-laborers. If they go for higher education in nearby cities, they cannot help their families in this work. Apart from that, due to the social background and constraints majority of girls are not allowed to continue their higher education available at the cities. Consequently, all such students, girls and boys had to stop their education at H.S.C. When Shri Balasaheb Mane observed this, he decided to open a senior college and thus, Rajarshi Shahu Arts and Commerce College was established in 1992. It was in this year that the education society was converted and named after the founder president as Balasaheb Mane Education Trust, Rukadi.

As time went on, the Trust felt the need of developing a study –culture of its own and founded pre-primary Units - Adarsh Balwadi and Sambhajirao Mane Prathmik Vidyalaya in 1998 .Recognizing the need of Computer Education, the Trust also started a Computer Academy , Mahalaxmi Computer Acdeamy , in 2002, which provides necessary and updated knowledge to students from our own institution as well as to students from other institutions .Two other high-schools - Sambare High School, Sambare and Haroli High School, Haroli were taken over by the Trust in 1987 and 1999 respectively.

Now, all these sister institutions run very smoothly under the shelter and support of the mother institution.


Our Motto

The motto of our Trust is II sa vidya ya vimuktye II meaning knowledge is the only thing that liberates humans. It signifies that the tradition of ancient India denied some people knowledge as they were treated to be unequal, viz. the untouchables and the women. Those who were economically poor went automatically away from it. Hence, a hierarchy was created in the Indian society and those who were deprived of education were chained to it.

This practice stopped their progress and they were further marginalized. Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj and Mahatma Jotiba Phule tried to break this vicious circle by opening new horizons of knowledge for all, as they knew by experience; knowledge only has the power to free all from all bondages.

Our founder president also beloved in this and wished that all should get knowledge –especially those who are poor, socially backward and of course, women. Then they themselves will break all bondages and become free from all sort of injustice and oppression.

This vision of Shri. Balasaheb Mane has been our guiding star all these years. So, since last 10 years we have been trying to bring every student- boy or girl to education, in our case to higher education. This, we know, is not a very huge work but is surely an important, noble and trying task. While providing education to all, we made every possible effort for quality improvement. We always keep in mind that our students come from such a class that they don’t have Friend, Philosopher and Guide other than us. Hence, we are the only disinterested helping hand that helps them to enter this world of cut-throat competition. Especially, most of our girl students are first generation learners. They come from socially and economically backward class. Due to the lack of education and social constraints their parents don’t support and inspire them for higher education. We always encourage them and they achieve ranks in merit list of the college more as compared to the boy students. This socio-economic condition of our students makes us treat ourselves as their Second Parents. Every activity in the college is centered on this vision. As a result of this the strength of students is increasing every year. Especially the strength of girls shows a definite increase.

Minor Research Project :

Sahitya Akadami Puraskrut Marathi Kadambari by Dr.Girish More


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““A sure gradual, all – round progress of the students from their existing minuses towards their possible pluses is what may be perceived as quality in the true sense””

- Dr. A. B. Rajage