About Managenent (Gujrat Samaj)

The Samaj undertakes various cultural and educational activities to preserve and protect Indian culture and heritage. In the field of education, the Samaj has made a remarkable contribution. A glimpse of the progress is given below.

(A) PRIMARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION :
In the early period, the Akola Municipal Council had started primary schools in different vernaculars, Gujarati being one of them. But education for girls was not popular; rather some people were opposed to educating girls. Under such adverse circumstances, in the year 1937, an enterprising Gujarati lady, Smt. Zawerbai Bhatia, ventured to start a girls school in the memory of her daughter. She made an initial contribution of Rs. 5,000 and the rest was contributed by the Gujarati speaking people of Akola. The land was provided by the government and the school building was constructed. It was handed over to the municipal council to run. The school was named Smt. Hirabai Gujarati Kanya Shala.

Way back in the year 1967, some prominent visionary members from the Akola gujarati samaj came together and decided to do something concrete for the educational development and progress of the society. Thus, Shri Akola Gujarati Samaj came into existence to preserve and foster Gujarati culture and heritage. It was duly registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act and the Societies Registration Act to make it a statutory body. Any Gujarati speaking person, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, could become a member of the Samaj. This was the first step towards fulfilling the mission of the Samaj, which was to maintain and develop the culture and heritage of Gujarati speaking people irrespective of caste, creed and religion, in harmony with other communities of different vernaculars. The unique and distinctive feature of this body is that it is secular in nature and gujarati speaking people from various sects and religion have been enrolled as its members. Thus gujarati speaking jains, muslim bohras, patels, kutchhis, vaishnavs and others are its members.

Taking cognizance of the sincere intentions and efforts of the Samaj, the Government of Maharashtra, in March 1970, allotted a piece of land admeasuring 12,600 sq. ft. for starting an educational institution. The Samaj raised necessary funds through voluntary donations and constructed a building for a school. On 15th August 1972, a Bal Mandir was started with the help of a kind donation given by Shri Mansurbhai in the memory of his father. A primary school was also started under the name and style G. S. Convent imparting education through English medium. One of the members, Shri Dahyabhai Patel donated a sum of Rs. 2.50 lakh in the memory of his wife and the secondary school was named after her as Smt. Lalitaben D. Patel High School. At present, about 1,200 students are taking education in this school.

(B) JUNIOR COLLEGE OF SCIENCE :
In the year 2002, the Samaj received permission from the authorities to start a junior science college. Shri Mansurbhai made a generous donation to start the college. The college is named as Smt. Maherbanu Junior College of Science. The college was started in the old school building which was getting over crowded. In the year 2004-05, the Samaj adopted Hirabai Gujarati Kanya Shala from the Akola Municipal Corporation with the condition to develop the college building. The Samaj also agreed to construct a new building for Hirabai Gujarati Kanya Shala to be run by the Akola Municipal Corporation. Accordingly, the Samaj constructed a new state-of-the-art building with the help of a donation of Rs. 2.75 crore from Shri Mansurali Kamruddin. The benevolence of Shri Mansurbhai has been instrumental in furthering the cause of education in Akola city. The new building has a constructed area of about 30,000 sq. ft. and is centrally located at Mahatma Gandhi Road, Akola. The junior college is now functioning in the new building. The college is considered to be one of the best in the region having well equipped laboratories, well staked library with spacious reading room, computer laboratory with latest computers having TFT monitors and internet connectivity, LCD projector facility etc. The management is proud to state that the junior college is returning cent per cent results from the last many years consistently and its students are holding meritorious positions in the merit list. On the basis of their academic performance, they have been successful in procuring admissions in other prestigious institutions and prosecuting their higher studies. These students will certainly prove to be a national asset and fulfil the dream of the nation to be a super power in the coming decades.

(C) DEGREE COLLEGE :
In the year 2009-2010, the management decided to expand its area of educational activities by entering the field of higher university education. As such Smt. Maherbanu College of Science & Commerce was started in the same year. The college is recognized by the govt. of Maharashtra and affiliated to Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati. The focus of the management is to make available the best educational facilities to the students of the region so that they may not be required to go to far away places like Pune and Mumbai. Therefore, instead of emphasizing on starting traditional courses like B. A. and B. Com., the management started professional courses of B.B.A. and B.C.A. The fee structure of the courses has been kept moderate as per govt. and university directives so that all sections of the society can derive benefit of professional education at a lesser cost. The college employs innovative methods of teaching-learning to groom the overall personality of students. In the year 2010-2011, a two-day seminar MEHAR VARSHA was organized for this purpose.

(D) COMMERCE WING IN THE JUNIOR COLLEGE :
At the very core of the vision and mission of the Samaj is the growing recognition that a number of factors determine the value of an educational institution. Some are tangible in nature to account for in financial statements- like sources of revenue and heads of expenditure. Since all the educational institutions conducted by the Samaj are self-financing, this factor assumes greater significance because the quantum and quality of various facilities to be provided for depend on the inflow of sufficient funds. However, other intangible factors- like the intellectual capital, competition from other institutions, dedicated manpower in the form of trustees, teachers and other supporting staff etc., are equally important. The management has to keep all these factors in mind while running the institutions.

The Samaj has embarked on a journey toward providing quality education with the objective of building a sustainable model while generating long-term value for the learning community. Therefore, the Samaj could not ignore the long felt demand of the community to start commerce faculty in the junior college. In the year 2013-14, the management obtained permission from the necessary quarters to start one section of Std. XI in commerce through English medium. The response to this move was so overwhelming that within 4-5 days the admission target of 80 students was attained. From the academic session 2014-15, one section of Std. XII will be added as a consequence of natural growth.

AKOLA GUJARATI SAMAJ, AKOLA 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 Shri Sureshbhai B. Vora

PRESIDENT

 

Shri Ravibhai Patel

VICE PRESIDENT

Shri Narendrabhai C. Patel

HON. SECRETARY

Shri Dipenbhai Shah

JOINT SECRETARY

Shri Kanubhai Sayani

TREASURER

 

MEMBERS

Dr. N. M. Shah Shri Sureshbhai D. Shah Shri Mukeshbhai B. Kothari
Shri Hemendrabhai J. Shah Shri Batukbhai Soni Shri Kasamali Nanjibhai
Shri Jawaharbhai R. Shah Shri Vijaybhai B. Shah Shri Hiteshbhai G. Bhatt
Shri Vasantbhai D. Vora Smt. Leelaben M. Patel Shri Sanjeev N. Parekh
Shri  Kanakbhai D. Shah Shri Pradipbhai M. Dhabalia Smt. Ritaben Patel
Shri Govindbhai Sodha Shri Pravinbhai P. Patel Shri Chandreshbhai Mehta
Shri Chandubhai Adatiya Smt. Bhanuben B. Wadher Shri Rajubhai Bagtharia

Way back in the year 1967, some prominent visionary members from the gujarati community of Akola city came together and formed a trust named as AKOLA GUJARATI SAMAJ, primarily for promoting the cause of education. The secondary objective was to preserve and foster gujarati culture and heritage. This was a concrete step towards fulfilling the mission of the Samaj, which is to maintain and develop the culture and heritage of gujarati speaking people irrespective of caste, creed and religion, in harmony with other communities of different vernaculars. The unique and distinct feature of the trust is that it is secular in nature.

 

The management has constructed a new state-of-the-art building with the help of a donation of ` 2.75 crore from Shri Mansurali Kamruddin. It is worth mentioning that the benevolence of Shri Mansurbhai has been instrumental in furthering the cause of education in Akola city. The new building has a constructed area of about 30,000 sq. ft. and is centrally located at Mahatma Gandhi Road, Akola. The junior and senior college is functioning in this new building. The college is considered to be one of the best in the region having spacious and ventilated class rooms fitted with CCTV and public address system, well equipped laboratories, well staked library with spacious reading room, computer laboratory with latest computers having TFT monitors and internet connectivity, LCD projector facility etc. It is the firm commitment of the management to make it a model college in the entire region. The college employs innovative methods of teaching-learning to groom the overall personality of students.

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LOCAL MANAGING COMMITTEE

(Senior College)

 

(1)  Shri Sureshbhai Vora                 President, Akola Gujarati Samaj & Chairman

(2)  Ms. Smita Shingrup                     Principal & Ex-officio Secretary

(3)  Shri Narendra Patel                     Secretary, Akola Gujarati Samaj & Member

(4)  Dr. N. M. Shah                                Member

(5)  Shri Ravibhai Patel                        Member

(6)  Shri Kanubhai Sayani                    Member

(7)  Shri Dipenbhai Shah                       Member

(8)  Shri Vaibhav N. Joshi                    Nonteaching staff representative

(9)  Teachers Representative             Vacant

(10) Shri Sureshbhai  D. Shah             Special Invitee

(11)Dr. S. C. Bhandari                            C.E.O. & Special Invitee

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

(Junior College)

 

(1) Shri Sureshbhai Vora                                President, Akola Gujarati Samaj & Chairman

(2) Sau. Jayshri Pimple (Choudhari)         Principal & Ex-officio Secretary

(3) Shri Narendrabhai Patel                           Secretary, Akola Gujarati Samaj & Member

(4) Dr. N. M. Shah                                               Member

(5) Shri Sureshbhai Shah                                  Member

(6) Shri Ravibhai Patel                                       Member

(7) Shri Dipenbhai Shah                                     Member

(8) Prof. N. M. Tank                                           Teachers Representative

(9) Shri P. K. Tiwari                                            Non-teaching Staff Representative