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Shri Shivaji Education Society Karad's - Board of Higher Education, Karad

Yashwantrao Chavan College of Science, Karad

Affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur

NAAC Accredited as"B++" Grade | AN ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED COLLEGE | REG NO. RQ91/R5237

Hon. Shri Yashwantraoji Chavan

Founder President - Shri Shivaji Education Society, Karad's, Board For Higher Education, Karad (1913-1984)

Former Deputy Prime Minister, Government of India

Date Accomplishment
12 March 1913 Born at Devrashtre, Dist. Sangli (Maharashtra)
1941 Passed LL.B. Participated actively in Indian Freedom Movement
1946 Elected MLA from Satara Constituency, Bombay State and
1948 Worked as Parliamentary Secretary Elected Secretary, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee
1952 to 1956 Elected MLA from Karad Constituency and Carried out Shouldered responsibility as Cabinet Minister for Civil Supply
1956 to 1960 Chief Minister of Bilingual Bombay State
1958 Elected as a member of All India Congress Working
1960 to 1962 Committee Chief Minister of Newly Established Maharashtra State
1962 to 1966 Minister for Defence, Government of India
1966 to 1970 Home Minister, Government of India
1969 Awarded D. Litt. by Kanpur University (Uttar Pradesh)
1970 to 1974 Finance Minister, Government of India
1970 Awarded D. Litt. byMarathawada University, Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
1974 Awarded D.Litt. by Shivaji University, Kolhapur (Maharashtra)
1974 to 1977 External Affairs Minister, Government of India.
1975 Honoured as Swagataddhyaksha, 51" AkhilBhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, Karad
1976 Awarded D. Litt. by Agriculture University, Parbhani(Maharashtra)
1977 to 1978 Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament
1979 to 1980 Deputy Prime Minister, Government of India
1982 to 1984 President, 8th Finance Commission, Government of India
1984 Awarded D. Litt. by Pune University, Pune (Maharashtra)
1984 Published an Autobiography “KRISHNAKATH”
25 Nov. 1984 Sad demise at New Delhi
1986 Posthumously awarded “Social Justice Award” by Ramshastri Prabhune Trust, Mahuli, Satara


Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan, a towering figure in Indian politics, is celebrated as the "Architect of Modern Maharashtra." His legacy as a statesman, visionary leader, and champion of social justice continues to inspire generations. This section provides an overview of his life, contributions, and enduring impact on the state and the nation. Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan was born on 12 March 1913 in Devrashtre village, Maharashtra. He embarked on his political journey during the Indian independence movement, joining the Indian National Congress and emerging as a prominent leader known for his dedication to public service and advocacy for social equality.

Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan's political career soared after India gained independence in 1947. He served as the first Chief Minister of Maharashtra after its formation in 1960, laying the foundation for the state's development through infrastructure projects, educational reforms, and initiatives for rural upliftment. Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan's influence extended beyond Maharashtra, as he held several key ministerial positions at the national level. He served as Union Cabinet Minister in portfolios such as Home Affairs, Defense, Finance, and External Affairs, contributing significantly to India's governance and policymaking.

A hallmark of Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan's leadership was his commitment to land reforms and rural development. He implemented policies aimed at redistributing land to landless farmers, promoting cooperative farming, and providing rural credit facilities, transforming the agrarian landscape of Maharashtra.Throughout his career, Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan championed the cause of social justice and empowerment of marginalized communities. He worked tirelessly to ensure equitable representation and opportunities for all sections of society, leaving an indelible mark on India's quest for inclusive growth. Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan's legacy is immortalized in the institutions, policies, and initiatives that bear his imprint. His name resonates with integrity, leadership, and statesmanship, serving as a guiding light for politicians and citizens committed to nation-building and social progress. Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan's life and work exemplify the transformative power of visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to public service. His legacy as the "Architect of Modern Maharashtra" continues to shape the trajectory of the state's development and inspire future generations to uphold the values of justice, equality, and progress.

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