& Accredited by NAAC As C+ (2004)
LEGAL EDUCATION IN THANE: AN ASPIRATION
Vidya Prasarak Mandal, the parent
body of this college, was founded way back in 1935. However, the
real impetus to all its activities came only on 29th Sept., 1957
when Dr. V. N. Bedekar was elected as the President of V.P.M in
the historic annual general meeting held on that day.
The birth centenary of the great national leader Lokmanya Tilak
was being celebrated in the then Bombay Province during the year
1956. Lokmanya Tilak's seminal contribution to the field of education
was discussed and pondered over by a few visionaries in the context
of the post-independence scenario with a number of new ideas.
Dr. V.N. Bedekar and some of his close friends like Late. Shri
Gunakar N.Joshi, Shri. K. G. Joshi, Late . 'Janakavi' P. Savlaram
& Shri R.A.Kulkarni, were among such inspired souls whose
capacity to cherish lofty dreams knew no bounds. That was exactly
why Dr. Bedekar along with his friends decided to explore the
various possibilities of widening the scope of the existing activities
of the Vidya Prasarak Mandal in the field of Education.
Foundation of Vidya Prasarak Mandal's schools
Between 1935 & 1957, despite a large number of financial &
other constraints, the Vidya Prasarak Mandal had succeeded in
starting and developing a primary school in Naupada area of Thane.
Not shattered by the difficulties & challenges, the dedicated
pioneers housed the school in a cowshed to start with & now
the school has a classical building. Later a Secondary school
has also been established.
By the late sixties, there was not a single college in the district
of Thane & more than two thousand students had to travel to
Mumbai to pursue higher studies after higher secondary. Education
became inaccessible to vast poor masses.
"If the poor cannot come to education, education must reach
Vidya Prasarak Mandal negotiated with Pune University and the
main obstacle in the path of starting the college was appropriate
land to accommodate the college building. Vidya Prasarak Mandal
urged the state government to come for aid and for the great cause,
Maharashtra government granted a 10 acre plot of land to Vidya
Prasarak Mandal where K.G.Joshi College of Arts commenced in 1969;
and subsequently about 31/2 acres of contiguous land in 1978.
With funds through donation by President's father Late Shri N.G.
Bedekar , Commerce College was started . Enthralled by the earnest
purpose, the then Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Dayanand Bandodkar
donated Rs. 320,000 to Vidya Prasarak Mandal for the Science wing
. In the same year 1969, all the 3 colleges had their beginning.
Profile at a glance
Date of establishment : June, 1972
Location of the college: Urban
Financial category: Grant in aid
Type of college Affiliated to University of Mumbai:
Permanent affiliation status
Professional Body Recognition :
Recognized by Bar Council of India since 1972
Assessed & Accredited by NAAC As C+ (2004) - Institutional
The birth of VPM'S TMC Law College
Vidya Prasarak Mandal sensitive and responsive to the educational
needs and demands of the town added a new feather to its cap by
starting this Law College. VPM's Law College was dedicated to
the students' community in 1972 . The college is named after the
then Thane Muncipal Council which donated a sum of Rs.2 lakhs
to the college. Till 1974 the college was affiliated to Pune University.
Thereafter it continues to be an affiliated college of the University
of Mumbai. Professional Legal education became accessible to the
people of Thane . Since then , the college has been receiving
rousing response from the graduates of Thane town and around.
The college is located in VPM's campus which houses a vast range
of academic institutes. The college has its independent building
in the campus which is in Bunder Road, Chendani, near Thane Railway
Station ,Thane west.
Uptill June 1999, the college was functioning on the 'no grant
basis' without financial aid from the government. However in 1999
financial aid was granted to this college with retrospective effect
from 1995-96 in compliance with the 1995 Supreme Court decision
.Despite that fact, the college has adequately catered to the
needs of qualitative legal education. This institution has produced
thousands of lawyers in the last thirty two years who occupy eminent
positions in various fields. This fact is ample proof to testify
our service. The graduates who throng our college counters for
admissions inspire us more and we are striving harder to achieve
Our Goals and objectives
The VPM'S TMC Law College is one of the several educational institutions
established in Thane by the Vidya Prasarak Mandal, Thane. The
objectives of the Vidya Prasarak Mandal to the extent applicable
are the objectives of this college.
Founded in 1935, the objectives of Vidya Prasarak Mandal stated
in the trust deed are the following :
(i) To provide to the people residing in Thane city and its vicinity,
facilities for their intellectual , physical , scientific , social
, cultural , professional education , to give publicity for the
same , to establish and operate conducive factors for the above
, for example Parent - Teacher association , store for educational
supplies and thereby to add to the knowledge of the people.
(ii) To emphasize the need for industrial
knowledge and for the purpose of providing educational facilities
for the same, to start and operate various undertakings such as
Industrial Educational Institutes, Polytechnic, Engineering College
(iii) To cooperate with other Public Institutions on special occasions
with the view to attaining the above mentioned purpose .
This college was established to provide to local people desirous
of pursuing Law as a career an avenue and easy access to legal
education . The goals and objectives are bold and clear in the
very foundation of the institution which are as follows:
|(i) To provide qualitative
legal education particularly to the residents' of Thane and
(ii) To provide training in the skills essential for practitioners
(iii) To inculcate discipline, values and a sense of social