Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj
The 1917 convention of the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Shikshan Parishad was held at Khamgaon, which was presided over by His Highness Shahu Maharaj. Due to his inspiration the Berar Education Society was established. The Society started with one school and one hostel at Amravati. Shri Shahu Maharaj, however, was not sure how long the Society would last .
Dr. Panjabrao Alias Bhausheb Deshmukh was Education & Agriculture Minister in the erstwhile state of Madhya Pradesh in 1931. Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh took over the Berar Education Society, re-named it the Shri Shivaji Education Society, Amravati , and nursed it through its growing years. During the convention at Khamgaon Shahu Maharaj had declared Rs. 13,000/- as donation for the spread of education, and in the year 1931 Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh succeeded in his efforts to procure the donation of Rs. 13,000/- from His Highness. Thus Shri Shahu Maharaj became the Patron in Chief of the Shri Shivaji Education Society, Amravati.
His exalted Highness Lieutenant General Nawab Sir Mir Osmal Ali Khan, Rustom-i-Dowran, Arastu-i-Zaman, Wal Mamalik, Sipan Salar, Muzaffar-ul-Mulik, Nizam-ud-Dowiah, Asaf Jah Bahadur, Fateh Jung, GCSI, KGBE, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar, Faithful Ally of the British Government, the seventh and last of the ruling Nizams.
On obtaining a grant of Rs. 20000 from the Nizam of Hyderabad, Dr. P.S.Deshmukh was elected in 1940as the life President of the Shri Shivaji Education Society. A further grant of Rs. 30,000/- was received from H.E.H. the Nizam after the visit of H.H.the Prince of Berar to Amravati in the year 1944. In 1946 Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad gave to the Society a further munificent donation of Rs. 2,00,000/-
It was because of the generous donations obtained from the Nizam that the Society was able to think of expansion. These donations helped the Society to establish itself. Today it manages and controls over a hundred institutions of various kinds covering the six district of Vidarbha, namely, Amravati, Yavatmal, Akola, Buldana, Wardha and Nagpur.
The Nizam of Hydrabad
Ku.Vimal Vaidya was married with Dr.Panjabrao Alias Bahusaheb Deshmukh on 26/11/1927 at Mumbai. Due to this marriage, the only son by name Anant Panjabrao Deshmukh was born. That Vimlabai Deshmukh was wife of Dr. Dr.Panjabrao Alias Bahusaheb Deshmukh, she was made Chief Patron of the Society.
She was the First Lady who had passed L.L.B examination and she was the first Lady who was enrolled as a Lawyer in the Bar in the Vidarbha Region. She was also participated in the Freedom Movement and in the Social work. She had established Jijamata Women Mandal, Rural Women Mandil and Women Social Services for the upliftment of Women folk. She awarded “Annapurna” Award by the Central Government. She worked shoulder to shoulder with Dr. Panjabrao Alias Bhausaheb Deshmukh’s Social Work.
His Highness Hon'ble Jayajiro Scindia had donated land admeasuring 30 bighas 6 biswas, i.e. 20 acres, which included a palace situated at Gwalior. This property is still in possession of the Society. The said land was donated for the establishment of an institutution which would be known as the 'Shri Maharaj Jiwajirao Scindia Institute of Maratha History' at Gwalior, and its activities would include the advancement of research and rewriting of the history Marathas in India. The Maharaja also donated an amount of Rs. 5,000/- for this enterprise.
Shri Jayajirao Scindia
Shri Bhausaheb Dhanwate
After transfer of Vasudeo Arts College, Wardha in 1948 at Nagpur, the College was renamed as ‘National College’. At that time it was being run by Dr. D.G.Londhe, Principal of the College. Due to paucity of finance, Principal Dr. D.G.Londhe handed over said College to Dr. Panjabrao Alias Bhausaheb Deshmukh. After taking over the College, Dr.Panjabrao Bahusaheb Deshmukh contacted Shri Vasantrao Dattaji Alias Baburao Dhanwate. Shri Vasantrao Dattaji Alias Baburao Dhanwate was a rich person of the Nagpur City. Shri Vasantrao Dattaji Alias Baburao Dhanwate paid Rs. 61,401/- and College was named after him as Dhanwate National College.
Managing Director, Chowgule and Co., (Hind), Limited Fort, Bombay. had donated Rs. 30136/- to the Society for its expansion in the field of Education.
In 1924, only six years after the First World War, the Chowgules established an agency, dealing in shipping and forwarding.Such a move required courage. After all, foreign shipping companies monopolizes the business. But, in a fisty display of their business intentions, the Chowgules soon proved their mettle.They broke the stranglehold of the foreign companies by taking a step that showed solid business sense - offering economies to their clients. The Company's activities expanded to such an extent that by 1941, another company, Chowgule and Co. Ltd. was established. To be able to cope with import trade and to increase exports. The Company shipped 1,500 tonnes of manganese ore to Czechoslovakia in 1947. And in 1950, a shipment of 9,000 tonnes of iron ore to Japan, opened new economic vistas not only for the Company, but also for Goa.
Shri Prataprao D. Chougule