Shikshan Maharshi Dr.Panjabrao
A great Philanthropist of Vidarbha Region
Panjabrao, alias Bhausaheb Deshumkh was born
at village Papad in the district of Amravati on December 27, 1898.
By the time he passed away on April 10, 1965, he had laid a firm
foundation for the dissemination of education among the downtrodden
and the dispossessed of the region. He knew that prosperity would
come only when the weapon of knowledge became available to all.
For this purpose he made a small beginning with the establishment
of the Shri Shivaji Education Society at Amravati in 1932.
The Society began with just one school and
one hostel; but today it has grown into the biggest educational
organization in Central India. It runs 269 educational institutions
ranging from pre-primary to post graduate colleges covering almost
all fields of formal and informal education: Arts, Agriculture,
Biotechnology, Commerce, Computers, Education, Engineering and Technology,
Fine Arts, Horticulture, Law, Medicine, Microbiology, Physical Education,
and a host of related fields.
Besides working tirelessly for the peasants
of Vidarbha, Dr. Deshmukh also participated in the progress of the
nation. His contributions were recognized when he was selected by
Jawaharlal Nehru to become the first Minister for Agriculture in
the Union Cabinet. He dedicated all his talents and energy to the
formulation and implementation of policies that would bring prosperity
to agriculture and the agriculturist. He established the 'Bharat
Krushak Samaj" and launched a campaign called 'Food for Millions'
in 1955. He brought in the Japanese method of rice cultivation in
1958 and organized the World Agriculture Fair at Delhi in 1959 which was
inaugurated by the then President of the US, Dwight Eisenhower.
The Fair was visited by dignitaries across the world, some of them
being Nikita Khrushchev, the President of the USSR, Mr. Bulganin,
Secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Russia, Lord and Lady
Mountbatten, and many others. Dr. Deshmukh started the process for
the establishment of Agriculture Universities all across the country,
and gave fillip to agricultural education, agricultural research
and related extension activities. He wanted to ensure that the final
beneficiary of all this enterprise would be the ordinary farmer.
He opened rural institutes that would train youngsters in the engineering
and technical aspects of farming. Dr. Deshmukh also made useful
contributions as a member of the Draft committee for the Constitution
of the Republic of India chaired by Dr. B.R.Ambedkar.
Bhausaheb Deshumkh was born at village Papad