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Pune’s Shikshan Prasarak Mandali turns 130

On the occasion, guardian minister Girish Bapat spoke on the importance of quality education and SPM’s role in changing the education landscape of Pune

pune Updated: Feb 05, 2018 22:31 IST
Ananya Barua
SP College wore a grand look with special decorations to commemorate its 130th year.
SP College wore a grand look with special decorations to commemorate its 130th year.(HT PHOTO)

It is great to see that in today’s market cycle, there still exists some excellent institutions that provide substantial education without commercialising education. It is through this service that these organisations came to be known as known as teaching havens and will continue to do so,” said  Pune’s guardian minister Girish Bapat while speaking about the reputation earned by Shikshan Prasarak Mandali (SPM) institute of Pune. He was speaking at the 130th anniversary of SPM and the function commenced with the inauguration of the construction of a new building by the minister. Sir Parshurambhau College, established in 1916, is one of the many institutions under SPM. 

Among others, vice-chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) Nitin Karmalkar was also present on the occasion and inaugurated the table tennis hall of the organisation. The president of the organisation, advocate SK Jain; vice-president Krishna Chitale; trustee Ashok Vaze; MLA Madhuri Misal; Jayant Kirad and Satish Pawar, were also present on the occasion. 

In his speech, minister Girish Bapat added, “ The population is increasing now and so is the demand for quality education. This demand is increasing at a high pace as parents want the best education for their children. However, every educational institute should keep in mind a holistic education curriculum, which involves academic, physical and mental awareness and growth of its students.”

Karmalkar also praised the institution. “Pune still has a substantial number of old institutions that still emphasise on the quality of education  and give good values in terms of ethos, ethics and culture. Everyone loves to be associated with such organisations. So they learn good things and SPM is definitely one of them,” said Karmalkar.