THE RADIANT WORLD
SARVODAY CHARITABLE TRUST, KAKANPUR
TALUKA :- GODHRA. DISTRICT. :- PANCHMAHALAS
AIMS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE TRUST
The rising of Sarvoday Charitable Trust in a small village
of just 7000 people was as miraculous as capturing the Sun
in a tiny dew drop.... The Trust was established in 1988 by
a few members of an enlightened family of Shri
Mathurdas Gulabchanddas Shah who were gifted
with divine madness of kindling a flame of knowledge amidst
the strong breeze of ignorance and illiteracy in one of the
most backward districts of Gujarat called Panchmahals. The
Trust, which began with a capital of mere rupees three hundred,
has now assets worth rupees three Crores. This is indeed phenomenal....The
soil of the village called Kakanpur and the spirit of some
dedicated sons of the soil made this miracle happen.....
As it is said in the Bhagwad Geeta, the deed you start with
pious intention ends in pious result...... The aim behind
the emergence of this trust seems to have its roots in one
of Tagore's most known poems of Geetanjali where the Gurudev
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,
Where knowledge is free;
Where reason has not lost its way into dreary desert sand of dead
Where the world has not been broken into fragments by narrow domestic
Into that heaven of Freedom, my Father, let my country awake........
The trust had an apparent aim to educate and enlighten the poor,
needy, helpless and hapless people of the Panchmahals by kindling
the flame of knowledge through a number of educational institutions
so that nobody ever suffers the infamy and insult of being uneducated
and the blot of being backward ... so that the students after
having taken education in these institutions can walk with their
head high and can compete and combat any adverse situation.
The trust had a number of aspirations ...... so the visionary
people associated with this Trust dreamt of starting an Arts
college in the first place. The faculty of commerce was soon
added to the Arts faculty.... And then a number of other institutions
added new feathers in the cap of the Trust, the details of
which you will find in the following pages. At the moment,
five such educational institutions are being run by the Trust
and Two more are being dreamt... . The Trust is extremely
keen to start Shri M.M.Shah C.P. Ed. College with all the facilities never
offered before anywhere in the whole of the Panchamahals viz.
Gymnasium with all the latest equipments, wonderful playgrounds,
swimming pool and anything which any dream institute must
have. The Trust is also very eager to start an S.N.M.Shah M.Ed.College which is a rarity not only in the Panchmahals
but also in the surrounding districts.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AND THE LOCATIONS :
There is something extraordinary about this little beautiful
village Kakanpur which is situated on the bank of the river
Mayo. There is a beautiful pond on one side of this village
and on eastern side there is an old temple named Kankaneshvar
Mahadev. According to Dr. Haribhai R. Godani, a well-known
Archeologist and a scholar in Indian sculptures, the old name
of this village was Kankavati as the fable (Lokokti) goes
on. This old village may be a town in past. In support this
belief, there are some old temples and icons of various designs
which can be seen in this village and the surrounding area
of this village which is 4 kms. far from the railway station
Tuva (Timba) of Panchmahals district on Anand Godhra railway
line. It is only 17 kms. away from Godhra- the capital city
of the Panchmahals on Ahmedabad-Dakor- Indore highway, or
on Godhra- Dakor - Ahmedabad road. It is 140 kms. away from
A'bad Airport or 100 kms. away from Vadodara Airport. The
State Transport Service and the Private Transport is also
available from Ahmedabad - Baroda - Dakor and Godhra.
As is said earlier, the village and its surrounding area have
a historical backround. Just at a distance of 4 kms from Kakanpur,
a little village called Tuva stands with another Phenomenal
water streams of cold and hot water together. The Hedamba
Van - the forest of Hedamba, which is one of the most exciting
episodes of The Mahabharat, is not far from the soil of this
land. The great singer Baiju Bawara belonged to the Panchmahals...
. The great Saint Rang Avadhutji was born in Godhra.
OF THE TRUST :
In the shadow of this historical background, Sarvoday Charitable
Trust emerged to create a new history which the people of
this country will cherish to learn, remember and ruminate
for years to come. This little village is now shaping itself
as a little town of big importance. The village has a small
bazaar where almost everything is available. Before the emergence
of Sarvoday Charitable Trust, there was another Trust called
Vikas Mandal under the banner of which a Referral Hospital-Cum-Community
Health Center with air-conditioned operation theatre and the
Quarters for the staff is being run by the government. The
same Mandal with almost the same people who are now associated
with Sarvoday Charitable Trust runs an educational institution
called The M.G.Shah High School for the last 50 years and
also A.V.Shah Primary School for 28 years. There is also Shri
N.M.Shah Balmandir promoted by the grand father of the member
of the family who started this Trust. There are about 3500
students, which is the half of the total population of the
village coming to take education in these institutions from
different surrounding areas and different parts of the state.
The Panchmahals district even when it bears the blot of one
of the most backward districts of Gujarat has wonderful water
resources as there are nearly a dozen dams on different rivers,
the river Mahi Sagar being the biggest and the longest river
just 10 kms. away from Kakanpur. The donors, though not hailing
from this village were kind enough to extend their helping
hand to this Trust which is committed to turn this backward
area into forward area by creating equal opportunities for
the rural talent to compete the urban intellect mainly due
to their attachment to this village and also due to their
emotional association with the members of the Trust.
After its establishment on 1-09-1988 the Trust has never looked
back and went on and on building the temples of education
one after another. The following list will unmistakably highlight
the achievements of the trust in a small span of seventeen
(a) Shri J.L.K. Kotecha Arts College in 1991
(b) Smt. S.H.Gardi Commerece College in 1994.
(c) Shree V.M.Shah Primary School in 1993
(d) Smt. N.V.Shah Girls' High School in 1997.
(e) Smt. K.C.M.Shah G.B.T.C. (Now known as B.Ed. Basic) College
(with intake of 100 Students)
(f) Shree V.M.Shah P.T.C. College in 2004.
( With intake of 150 Students)
(g) Shri M.M. Shah C.P. Ed.College in 2006.
(With intake of 50 students)
(h) S.N.M.Shah M.Ed College from the academic year 2007- 08.
All these educational institutions have their own, newly built,
specious buildings facing big grounds and facilitated with
all the necessary requirements
The B.Ed., P.T.C. and Shri M.M. Shah C.P. Ed.Colleges have not only their wonderful
buildings but also separate Girls' & Boys' hostels with
attached toilet-bathroom, pressure water supply with censor
facility, Solar hot water supply, big high watted generator
to generate the electricity in the event of failure of power
in the college campus. The most wonderful Dining hall you
ever find anywhere in any institution based in a small village
or even in big cities. The built up area of the Dining Hall
is 3591 sq. ft. In the same way the B.Ed & P.T.C. colleges
have a Multi purpose central hall of 2400 sq.ft. with a ready
stage and sound system. Thus, all these educational institutions
have a solid infrastructure.
The people who visioned these institutions are....
(1) Shri Ashvin C. Shah - President.
(2) Shri Bharat R. Shah - Managing Trustee.
(3) Shri Kiran N.Shah - Trustee.
(4) Shri Niranjan V.Shah - Trustee.
(5) Shri Hasmukhlal C.Shah - Trustee.
(6) Shri Navinchandra M.Shah - Trustee.
(7) Shri Girish R.Shah - Trustee.
(8) Shri Pravinbhai V.Shah - Academic Counciler
(9) Shri Rajnibhai C.Shah - Academic Counciler
(10) Shri Dr. Bharat V.Shah - Head of the Nephrology
Lilavati Hospital Bombay
(11) Shri Maulin B.Shah - Campus Director.
Mathurdas Gulabchanddas Shah Family