"I believe, earnest effort is needed from every single individual and unit. We are all tiny cogs in a giant machine,
but each part is vitally important. If one cog stops functioning, the whole machinery comes to standstill."
I have a firm conviction that if we continue in the same vein as we are , we will be able to take this great institution of ours to greater heights, so that it retains its rightful position as one of the premiere institutes of learning in Maharashtra and our Country..
Kopargaon Taluka Education Society started K.J.Somaiya college of Arts and Commerce in June 1964 in Kopargaon because Kopargaon had made some advance in the field of agriculture, but educationally it was still an area of darkness. Our Founder Chairman, then MLA, the late Shri. K. B. Rohamare, affectionately known as Dada, realized the necessity of educating young boys and girls, children of farmers and peasants and established this society. Active social and political workers who were also interested in the cause of education whole-heartedly supported him. Among these, the leading figure was Karamsibhai Jethabhai Somaiya who had one of his sugar factories at Lakshmiwadi, about 10 Kms. away from Kopargaon. He agreed to extend all possible financial help, which he eventually did. And so the name of the college is K. J. Somaiya College, Kopargaon. Advocate Shri. V. M. Korhalkar donated seven-acre land and that is where the college is situated today. Sanjivani and Kolpewadi sugar factories as well as a large number of co-operative societies in Kopargaon Taluka were also among the initial donors.
During the last 50 years of its life the college has evolved steadily. In 1964, the college did not have its own building. Today the college boasts not only of a building of its own, but also a multi-purpose hall, a special library building, a meeting hall, a separate building for Science faculty, Boys and Girls hostels etc. There has been a steady increase in the number of students, the subjects taught and the faculty has improved not only quantitatively but also qualitatively.
I am grateful for the need that Ahmednagar College fulfilled in my life. The excellence of faculty, the strength of research programs, and commitment to the education of future generations have placed the College at the forefront of higher education
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