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ARDHNARI NATESHWAR MAHAVIDYALAYA VELAPUR

Ardhanari Nateshwar Mahavidyalaya, Velapur is established in Aug. 2001, to provide Higher Education to the students belonging to the rural part of the East Malshiras tahsil by Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Akluj on Non Grant Basis. The College was started with only 103 students. It was temporarily affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur. After the formation of the Solapur University in Aug. 2004, the college is affiliated to Solapur University, Solapur.

The people of the area at large are still under the clutches of the superstitions, traditional farming and lack of awareness regarding Education. Before 2001 the students of the area were forced to go to Akluj (15 K.M.), Pandharpur (32 K.M.), Sangola (52 Km.) and Natepute (36 Km.) for Higher Education. Particularly it was difficult for the girls from rural area to go to these colleges and to pay fees and travelling expences so it was need of an hour to open the degree college. So Late. Suryakant (Dada) Dattatray Mane-Deshmukh took decisive steps and requested to Hon. Jaysinh Mohite-Patil ( President, Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Akluj) to start a college in Velapur and the request was granted.

As the college has started on non-Grant Basis it had to face a lot of hardships from beginning. However, the college has achieved the reputation at university, state and National level in sports, culture, NSS and Academic Also.