I heartily welcome you at this website of our college –Ajara Mahavidyalaya , Ajara.It is my privilege to bring warm greeting to you after having assumed charge as the Principal of the college. The Ajara Taluka is located at south-west corner of the Kolhapur Distirict in Maharashtra and it is on the boundries of the two states –Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The entire taluka is rural, remote and included in D+ zone i.e. rich / heavy hilly / jungle area. Hence transportation facilities were poor. Also, there was no any institute of higher education in taluka. Most of the students in the taluka belong to poor farmer families and poor farm-worker families and they were away from higher education. To bring them in stream of higher education , the Chairman- Late Kashinath charati, the Chief exicutive Officer- Late Madhavrao Deshapande and their coligues int he management of Janata Education Society having the vision and dream of higher education, founded/started a great institute - the college , “Ajara Mahavidyalaya, Ajara” in 1982. Though the college is situated at the taluka place – Ajara , students from ……….. villages in the taluka are taking higher education in the college in which some are first learners from their families.
The college started with only 51 students and in academic year 2018-19 , 1271 students were admitted in the college in which there were 508. girl students. The college primarily offer degree programs in traditional disciplines of Commerce , Arts and science at UG/Senoir college level. Today, the college is the only aided college in taluka with Arts, Commerce and science wings. In addition, by considering the demand, convenience and need of students and parents the college is running subjects such as statistics and hindi at special/degree level, 3 year program in subject -Computer science, 3 year program of B.C.A.at UG level , 2 year P.G. programs such as M.A.in economics and M.Com. in Accountancy on non-grant basis. Today, students not only from Ajara taluka but also from neighbouring talukas such as Chandagad, Gadhinlaj from Kolhapur District and Sawantwadi taluka from Sindhudurg District are taking advantage of the educational programs run by the college.
The college also offers education in Arts, Commerce, science and vocational/ HSCVC wings at Junior /10+2 level. So there is optimum/maximum use of infrastructure and students are getting Higher Secondary education and Higher education under one shelter / roof .
There are various departments/ Committees of teachers which undertake different co-curricular and extracurricular activities for all-round development of the students. So students of the college doing/performing well in different areas. My main concern shall be that the college continues to strive towards academic excellence, social relevance spiritual vitality. I am delighted to state that the college will be growing in many areas such as infrastructural development, innovative initiatives. Due emphasis is being laid on imparting sound education to girl students and at present their strength is more than 50 percent and increasing trend is evident /found in the faculty, as well. I am confident that the college, with its rich legacy, besides being blessed by his diving hands, will be able to contribute richly in shaping young minds , resulting in national development.
Dr. M. L. Hongekar