Chandmal Tarachand Bora Arts, Commerce and Science College, Shirur, affiliated to the Savitribai Phule Pune University (formerly University of Pune) was established in 1968 by Shirur Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, a local educational trust, with the primary aim of providing quality higher education to the educationally and socially backward local community. The college is situated in a predominantly agrarian community consisting largely of economically and socially backward rural and tribal population. The Shirur Shikshan Prasarak Mandal was initiated by a few philanthropists and social visionaries to spread education among the local population. In this context the Vision of the College is to become an excellent centre of higher education, of teaching and research providing quality education that is technically advanced, socially and morally relevant particularly to the rural students, and to groom them to face the challenges of the emerging global scenario and to benefit from growing economic opportunities.
In the early years, the college primarily tried to provide educational opportunities to the local population that could not afford going to the urban centers for higher education. In that context the college began by offering undergraduate courses in Arts and Commerce. But over the decades the socio-economic scenario has changed considerably and the college has been trying to tune its programmes and activities according to the new requirements. Today it is a leading educational institution under the Savitribai Phule Pune University offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different faculties apart from being a research centre in three subjects. The college offers 46 courses in different subjects and is also a study centre of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU). The college has 69 fully qualified faculty members who are seriously engaged in their teaching research and extension activities. Many of our teachers possess M.Phil and Ph.D qualifications and their research output has been highly commendable. This is reflected in the fact that so far 64 research projects have been completed by faculty members since the last assessment and accreditation of the college. They have also made valuable contributions in their respective subjects by participating in large numbers of seminars and conferences and also by publishing research materials in different forms. Many of our faculty members have won several prestigious honors and awards for their achievements.
The goals of college include providing practical and skill-based knowledge for creating employment opportunities and promoting the use of information technology in teaching and learning. The college provides excellent infrastructure and learning resources to achieve its mission of quality education. It has a spacious and beautiful campus with all basic amenities required serious academic pursuit. It has a very good library and sophisticated laboratories. Our intellectual resources in terms of books, journals and laboratory equipment are comparable with the best in any similar college. The college has fully developed computer laboratories and networking systems and these facilities are easily available to students and faculty members for academic use.
The college has several extension and outreach programmes which are integrated with academic curricula. The college has been a social initiative from the very beginning and all its extension activities have strong community links. Through structured programmes like NSS and NCC the college keeps its active social links.
There are programmes like School College Complex under which faculty members of the college visit different educational institutions in the neighborhood and interact with them. The college has active links with neighboring communities and has several programmes for the benefit of the farming community. The college also has strong links with the industrial and business establishments in the surrounding regions. All these collaborative efforts are mutually beneficial and contribute to the overall development of the region. A very large number of our students have been able to get suitable employment and equally good numbers of students have found profitable self-employment. Many of our students have done well in different competitive examinations and are well placed in different walks of life.
One of the missions of the college is to empower girl students by providing the opportunities of higher education to make them employable and hence financially and socially self reliant. This college works in the most democratic way trying to bring out the best in each of the stakeholders to the benefit of the institution and to the society at large. The college has several schemes to offer financial and institutional supports to the needy students to complete their education. The mission of the college is to produce quality human resource that will contribute to the national growth in different ways. The college takes care to promote talents in fields of sports and cultural activities and tries to instill the spirit of humanistic and patriotic values.
The College has been Re-accredited by National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore with ‘A’ Grade and is also the recipient of prestigious Award of the ‘Best College (Rural) 2014-15’ by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.