Smt. Radhabai Sarda Arts, Commerce & Science College is the brain-child of the great modernist and philanthropist lady, Smt. Krushnabai Sarda who donated 200 acres of her land in 1916 exclusively for the development of an educational institution in the moffusil area of Anjangaon Surji. She envisioned the local youth being nurtured and moulded to build a pathway of updated potentiality for themselves and shape their future, thereby initiating to shape the future of the country. She foresaw to instill the values of accountability and morality in the youth force through higher education.
The college came into being in 1966 under the able guidance and undeterred leadership of Dadasaheb Kalmegh, the erstwhile Vice-Chancellor of Nagpur University. The philanthropic and dynamic duo of Shri. Nandkishorji Sarda and Dr. Rameshchandraji Sarda imparted further dynamism to the enterprise. They believed in making learning a joyous experience; every possible attempt of blending challenge with creativity was made by the visionaries with a view to providing adequate scope for grooming of individuality and imagination. The vision was further cohered, adhered and cuddled by the younger echelons of the family viz. Shri. Abhayji Sarda and Dr. Amarji Sarda, the champion chips off the old block who shouldered the responsibility of carrying the beacon forward to churn out confident and enlightened citizens, the ones potent and electrifying enough to be abreast of the fast-tracked and kaleidoscopic outside world galloping at an immense pace on the slippery back of science, social media, research, technological development and globalisation.
The vibrancy and vitality with which our produce are venturing into the vicissitudes of the time is highly heartening. With the passage of time, the institution gained an admirable momentum and prospered and progressed by leaps and bounds with 3 full-fledged faculties of Arts, Commerce and Science. It offers today Masters in 3 subjects namely English, Marathi and Home-Economics and has in its kitty 2 well-equipped Research Centres in English and Home-Economics recognised by SGB Amravati University. The armoury of Commerce subjects ensures the global employment prospects and serves as the best shots in the arms for the learners.
Dissemination of good knowledge and education is directly proportionate to the excellent teachers available in the institution. The highly scholastic and resourceful faculty comprise of 29 full-time teachers with 15 of them holding doctorates and the rest having registered themselves are rest assured to acquire the highest educational honours in the near future. 4 amongst our faculty are Ph. D. Supervisors who have guided more than 30 research scholars to procure Ph. Ds.
The college has a rich library laced with all the sophisticated ICT facilities. It boasts of possessing 34600 books including 3000 reference books, 38 subscriptions for peer reviewed journals and 42 magazines. Apart from this, it has accessed more than 6000 e-journals and 3135000 e-books through INFLIBNET service. The book reading facility is made available for senior citizens and teachers of various schools and colleges in and around Anjangaon Surji. Besides, it provides free internet service to the savvy netizens. The reading room is also used at times to arrange Video lectures for the students with the aid of LCD facility.
Our college has propinquity and toned up tuning with the era as it makes an optimum use of advanced technology. The large premises, the administrative office and various academic departments are under CCTV surveillance which is facilitating the monitoring and supervision of the overall functioning of the college. The automation is brought in the office networking administration process and administrative system. The Principal’s office, IQAC office and Seminar Hall are equipped with the state of the art ICT facilities.
Our college is aptly concerned about the health and well being of people in the vicinity. We run the PGDYT (Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Theory). This course facility has given us an honour and privilege to be among the elite few campuses in the entire university jurisdiction to have this pro-life course. Through this life and living enriching course, we have been providing knowledge and training in the Yoga and Health science to the people in and around Anjangaon Surji since a decade or so.
Our college is alive to its social promises also. We participated in the ‘Rejuvenation Campaign of Shahanur River’. The river Shahanur which flows between the twin towns of Anjangaon and Surji and had been for long the life-line of this area has now turned into the water-deficient river-bed wasteland. An NGO ‘Lok Jagaran’ has taken an initiative to rejuvenate the river. The students of the college had participated in large number in this campaign. On the sidelines of this campaign, we resolve to be ever ready for any number of such need-based and society-demanded momentous missions.
The college has well-developed and well-maintained sporting arena and sport facilities. They include Basketball-ground, Badminton Court, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Cricket, Softball, Baseball and Long Jump grounds along with 200 meters track for the athletes.
Extra & Co-curricular activities are a day-to-day din of our students. Their unhindered participation in them promote and propel them to earning colours, trophies and prizes at various levels. We proudly display those prized-pieces earned in return of their perspiration and perseverance and introduce our star-performers on celebrative occasions to the visitors and guests to get more pats on their backs.
Our college takes cognisance of International burning problems like global warming and growing depletion of natural resources and environment. We undertake various activities driven with a motive of generating environmental awareness among the learners through Eco-wing like Harit Sena (Green Army), and many an adventurous and enterprising activities of social services through self-sacrificing and ever on tip-toe NSS and NCC units. Through these battalions of volunteers and cadets, the college weaves a uniquely-knit web of neighborhood community. We pronounce with a sense of utter pride that every year there is a huge placement of NCC students in Army and Police forces.
The college has YCMOU (Yashvantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University) distance education centre for B. A. and B. Com. Courses, which every year helps around 2000 students to keep their chequered education floating.
The college now stands tall and towering on the piles of the past and present glories and humbly promises from there to strive endlessly for educational uplift of the people in this moffusil area. Over the decades, it proved to be a light-house signalling certain and sure direction to thousands of learners towards desired destination every year by providing them taste of varied-hued and multi-flavoured higher education. We are committed to the social, moral and educational development of the human resources in and around Anjangaon Surji.
Our institution which is run by Shri. Sarda Education Society has of late come to be recognised as ‘A Linguistic Minority Education Institution’.
It is a matter of pride to declare that over last 20 years or so, the management and the staff felicitate meritorious students. The management has been honouring the highest scoring students from all the 3 faculties by conferring upon them Gold Medals, while the staff has been following the suit by magnanimously showering Cash Prizes on them. The management also disburses a fellowship of Rs. 7000/- every year in each faculty to the poor and deserving students from each of the faculty.
Besides, the staff observes Khadi-Day and No-Vehicle Day every Wednesday to promote Khadi Industry and to contribute its bit towards carbon neutrality.
Water harvesting is the need of the hour. Keeping this in view, we have constructed water conserving embankment near the college.
The college has a registered Alumni Association in which the alumni enrolled have been actively contributing towards the institutional development in every possible way.
The college has a rich infrastructure developed on the premises admeasuring 13.5 acres. Besides, it has a Botanical garden exhibiting nearly 100 well-groomed medicinal & ornamental plants. Obviously, it serves as a Health Hub for nearly thousand people.