SADHANA

Bhaurao Patil:-A social Reformer

Bhaurao Patil was born at Kumbhoj, on 22nd September,1887. Education, he thought, was a key to solution of many of the problems of the masses in the rural areas. He made it a mission of his life and established Rayat Shikshan Sanstha in 1919 to educate the masses who for centuries were deprived of educational facilities.This was Herculean task.

Under the auspices of the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, he managed a hostel at Satara Which admitted students regardless of caste and creed. Bhaurao urged that every village should have a school and every village school should have a trained teacher.

Bhaurao lived long enough to see his Rayat Shikshan Sanstha grow like a Banyan tree. He was widely acclaimed as a great educator of the masses. A few days before his death on 9th May, 1959 the University of Poona conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature.