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Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali was founded in August 1968 by the lovers of education to commemorate Late Sonopant Dandekar, the scholar of higher degree, philosopher, strong protagonist of Varkari Samparadaya, the great narrator of “Jnaneshwari” and the son of this soil. He used to express his desire that a town like Palghar be bestowed with a model institution, which could cater the need of higher education of this economically, socially and culturally backward area of Maharashtra. This dream of Late Sonopant Dandekar was translated into reality by starting Sonopant Dandekar Arts and Vaman Shridhar Apte Commerce College in June 1970 with an initial strength of 150 students. Since its inception the Management is sensitive to the educational needs of this area and very kind to provide it to the students.
The Science College was started in 1984 and was greatly stabilized by the donation of Rupees 4 lakhs by Shri. M.H. Mehta. Many helping hands contributed to the development of and progress of the institution. At present 11000 students are taking quality education in the college that was started with only 150 students in 1970. The establishment of the institution in this region has solved the problem of women education. Due to non-availability of any institute of higher education in the region prior to the establishment of these institute girls students were deprived of higher education. Today more than 65% of students are girl students in the institute. Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali has fulfilled the need and greatly contributed to the educational and cultural development of this godforsaken territory.
Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali was founded in 1968 to fulfill the dream of Late Shri. Shankar Vaman alias Sonopant Dandekar. Few of the prominent amongst them are Late Padmshri Bhausaheb Vartak, Late Shri. Bhogilalseth Shah, Late Shri. J.P. Raut Popularly known as Janu Master, Late Shri. P.R. Dandekar, Late Shri. G.R. Joshi, Late Shri. G.N. Purandare, Late Shri. DevideenTiwari, Ex. MLA and Present Trustee Shri.Navneethbhai Shah and Late Shri.Sadanand T. Kadam.
“TO SPREAD OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN RURAL AND TRIBAL YOUTH AND SPECIALLY THE WOMEN FOLK.”
The college library was established in 1970, starting with a collection of 699 books while accommodating students and staff members in its reading hall. Currently having an area of about 6000 square feet, entirely dedicated to the books and reading hall with complete computerised monitoring and entire database of books. It is also provided with the use of computers for the students with internet facility. Today the college library having the capacity of around 1 Lakh Books, Journals and equally same amount of E-Books for the students and the staff. The Library provides the Free Internet Facility to the students.
The college is having 4 well equipped Computer Labs with almost capacity of 200 personal computers to cater the need of the students. The college IT Department is in contract with Microsoft Ltd. for the authorized Licenses of the Softwares for IT Labs, Staff & students. College Administrative Office is fully computerised having more than 60 personal computers for Administrative Staffs.
We are also stationed with a fully equipped and state of the art gymnasium, with features such as weight training and cardio training equipment’s. There is also a boxing and kick boxing section dedicated for the interested students. The college main Gymnasium has International Badminton Court along with facilities for Table Tennis, Carrom, Chess and other sports.
The college open ground is spread in 4 acres in the area which is used for the outdoor games like
The college has an open auditorium stationed to be used for various events such as performances, felicitations, award ceremony, etc. with a capacity of around 1000 plus seatings at a time.
Today as a result of a dedicated and dynamic team of the office bearers of Sonopant Dandekar Shikshan Mandali, the campus has 5 Buildings, well-equipped laboratories, Library, Gymnasium, Indoor and Outdoor Sports facilities.
SonopantDandekar College is a co-education institution with 2(F) and 12(B) status since 1972. It is the first college of Higher education in the western part of then the Thane District.
The college is offering 8 UG Programmes, and 4 PG Programmes of the University of Mumbai, the college also offers one PhD. programme of Jaipur National University, Rajasthan and three PhD programmes of Mumbai University.
The Institution is going to start Law College from June 2017. The College has a study Centre of YashwantraoChavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik where nearly 3000 students from the vicinity are fulfilling their urge to pursue Higher Education. Thousands of Students who could not pursue their Higher Education due to family responsibilities and financial constrains are pursuing their Higher Education while earning their lively hood.
YCMOUC study centre offers 6 Programmes of B.A., B.Com, B.Lib., M.B.A, B.A. (Public Services) and Preparatory Course to enter into degree course.
At present there are 150 faculty members of whom 75 are appointed under aided stream and 75 are appointed under self-financing stream. There are 96 support staff (43 aided and 53 unaided) working in the different departments, administrative office and R.D. Centre.