Historical background

After independence, there was the only college at Kolhapur i.e. The Rajaram College, (established in 1880), catering to the needs of higher education. Only the students from upper classes could reap the benefits of that facility. Consequently, students from weaker classes from Kagal were deprived of higher education, as there was no institution of higher learning in and around Kagal.

This vacuum was tried to fill in by Br. Balasaheb Khardekar, the distinguished educationist and Prin. M.R. Desai in the form of establishment of a college at Kagal in 1948, entitled ‘Gopalkrishna Gokhale College’. Unfortunately, it proved to be an abortive attempt and the college was closed down in 1950.

From 1951 to 1983, there was no other way and means available for students from the poor and weaker sections at Kagal. ‘The Kagal Education Society’ felt its prime duty and responsibility to provide the higher education for the individual and societal development in tune with its goal of ‘Service To Man’. It resulted into the establishment of D.R. Mane Mahavidyalaya’ in 1984.

The college was named after Hon’ble Shri. Dinkarrao Ramchandra Mane, a writer, a social thinker, social reformer a staunch activist and a remarkable ‘Satyashodhak’ (a man in search of truth-an activist of the movement started by Mahatma Jotiba Fule). The management has such a rich legacy of commitment towards the downtrodden, poor and neglected section of the society. The society held it a privilege to name the college after this ‘Satyashodhak’ as to ‘D. R. Mane Mahavidyalaya’.

This is the only Senior College in the city of Kagal. The management is always experimental, innovative and has a positive and co-operative attitude towards the development of the college.

The College is situated in the vicinity of the Shivaji University, Kolhapur. It has permanent affiliation to the University and has been enlisted Under Section-2 (f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act. 1956. The Principal is young, energetic researcher in the area of Quality Management. He has devotion and commitment for the progress of the college where he has always been the initiator of the quality consciousness. The college has a young and enthusiastic team of strong-willed and committed faculty, which always welcomes new ideas in the field of education. Significant number of the Faculty has completed their Ph. D., and some of them are doing their research work for the same. The administrative staff is young, loyal, well efficient and always ready to adapt to the new changes. In addition to their efficiency in regular work they have acquired other manual skills, which are assets of the Institution The teamwork of the faculty with democratic outlook, the devoted administrative staff and full encouraging support by the management, the college is at the take-off stage on the path of Quality Growth. It has been a constant endeavor of the college to maintain qualitative growth of students along with quantitative one.