Dr. D. R. Bapat
Dr. Anil Patki
History & Evolution
India has a great heritage of at least 5000 years. Indian life style was developed
into self reliant villages. Even today 65 to 70% of the Indian population is
located in 6 lakh villages. Agriculture & animal husbandry is the main
occupation of this population.
Urbanization & industrialization policy adopted after independence has
created many problems both in urban and rural India. Urban population is facing
problems of overcrowding, traffic jams, unhealthy busy life style, pollution
hazards. Slums are increasing and population in slums is leading an unhygienic
On the other hand rural counterpart is deprived of basic needs related to road
connectivity, clean drinking water and unavailability of daily commodities, educational
facilities, medical aid and employment to youth. The result is migration of youth
towards cities for higher education and job opportunities. The major setback
is observed in agriculture sector. Senior villagers & ladies are mainly engaged
into agriculture. They practice traditional methods of agriculture.
Government machinery has reached villages but necessary & efficient services
are rarely provided due to typical bureaucratic approach. Knowledge developed
in cities does not reach the rural counterpart of the society.
Prof. Anil Vyas staying in Mumbai realized the problem and decided to initiate
the issue. He came in contact with Balasaheb Gaikwad from village Lawale in Mulshi
tehsil. They both formed a group of XI members related to Mulshi tehsil by way
of business, social work, residence and formed the trust in the name of “Rashtriya Sarvangin Gramvikas Sanstha”. Initiation meeting of the
organization was held at the residence of Shri Mohanrao Ghasas, the founder President.
The main objective of the organization is to bridge the gap. To reduce migration
of youth to cities by providing need based services related to education-health-agriculture-self
employment generation. Rural development activities can be initiated in different
villages with trained batch of such local youth.
Actual field work started with the arranging a farmers gathering on 11th May
1995. During the campaigning of farmers gathering Survey of different villages
was conducted. About 20 villages were visited in a period of one month. Needs
of villages were identified.
5 villages separated from the rest of the
tehsil, due to geographical positioning were identified during
survey. The children from
these villages used to cross the river and go to school after
the 4th std. Girls education used to stop at this level itself
because crossing the river and walking through muddy fields
was not an easy task especially in rainy season. The villagers & local
govt. officials (Sarpanch) requested to start the school at
Asde. A class room for 5th std. was available. Local youth
Vijay Bharam had completed required qualification. Thus school
was inaugurated on 1st June 1995. Getting government recognition
was a difficult task, during this period. Sou. Vimalabai Garware
Vidyalaya from Pune supported us. After a struggle of 4 years
we got permission in 1999.
In 1996 Shri Chintamani Chitale (Mani) came in contact with
the organization. He wanted to initiate some activities in
Pirangut. We decided to start a hostel
at Pirngut for Xi & XII students. Hostel at Pirangut started with 4 students
in August 1996. In 1997 the strength became 10. This hostel was in operation
from 1996 up to 2008. Due to easy accessibility & good road condition,
the need of hostel was reduced. We decided to discontinue this hostel activity.
Urbanization of Pirangut has started and need for students Sanskar Varg
was realized in 2008. From 2008 we are running sanskar varg for 2 hrs in evening
for local children.
During 1995-99 school was growing in terms of students & teachers strength.
Building construction was also increasing. Government permission was granted
During 2000-02 we completed the construction of school in 2 phases. In 2002
we had 6 classrooms, office, and teachers’ room. During this period we
had established our school and major construction work was also completed.
We decided to extend our activities. We had realized that many students in
remote villages are not able to continue their education after the 4th standard.
We identified such villages and collected the information of such students.
We started 2 hostels at village Male and village Shileshwar. The capacity of
each hostel is about 15-20. Shri Mahesh Mohol took charge of hostel at Shileshwar.
The Male hostel was looked after by Shri Avinash Sahasrabudhe. The first generation
of these villages started getting education.
We started realizing that students should get exposure to various professional
courses. They should get elementary education useful to fulfill their daily
needs. We decided to introduce a basic course of introduction to basic technology
evolved Vignyashram Pabal. It was introduced in 2006. The course has 4 sections
viz, engineering, energy, home science, agriculture and veterinary science.
A team of 4 trainers with Vasant Borade as in charge took the responsibility.
Government grants for teachers started at the end of 2006. Major part of our
budget was being spent on the teacher’s salary. We could divert the funds
for other projects. In 2007 we appointed a full time project coordinator to
look after various projects and to search new avenues. Shri. Pradeep Patil
was appointed as the project coordinator . Shri Subhash Kunte donated an industrial
plot measuring 512 sq.mts. We decided to start a vocational training centre.
Actual construction started at the end of 2008 and is nearing completion by
2010 May. This centre will be our central office. All activities will be controlled
from this office.
to be under taken in this centre will be,
we started Sakhar Shala for children of temporary migrants
during rubby season. 2 such centers were run at
Male & Disli villages.
In Feb 2007, we organized our Tapopurty program in Garware college. Smt. Sindhutai
Sapkal was the chief guest and about 600 Punekars and Mulshikars attended the
program. We felicitated various organizations & individual dignitaries
associated with the organization. In 2008 Feb we started our women empowerment