The Council of Education's

Founding Father

Dr. Ratnappa Bharammappa Kumbhar also called Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar was a freedom fighter from Ichalkarnji who actively participated in the Indian Independence Movement. He was one of the members to sign the final draft of the Constitution of India along with Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. He received Padmashri Award in 1985 (Social Work). He was Member of the Parliament, Member of Legislative Council, Minister of Food and Civil Supplies and also Home Minister of Maharashtra Government. He was the speaker of the Maharashtra State Legislative Assembly in (1995). Dr.Ratanppa Kumbhar was born in a poor Khumbhar Family at Nimshirgaon village in Shirol tehsil. He was influenced by his father Bharammappa Kumbhar’s intelligence, selfless attitude, sympathy towards needy and devotion towards task undertaken. His father encouraged him to acquire higher education. He completed his B.A. (English) from Rajaram College, Kolhapur and later acquired a law degree. For his social and political contribution he was honored with D.Lit by Pune University.

During his youth he was very interested in Political and social work. He established Prajaparishad in 15th Feb, 1938 against the local princely state rulers. He actively participated in the freedom movement and went underground for about 6 years. For his long devotion to the independence

Movement he was called Deshbhakt (Patriot) Ratanppa Kumbhar

For the welfare of farmers and prosperity of the people in his constituency he undertook various schemes and established various organizations and managed them successfully—

  • Shahaji Law college (1951)
  • Panchaganga Co- operative Sugar Factory (1955)
  • College of Commerce (1957)
  • Dadasaheb Magdum High School (1960)
  • Navamaharashtra Cooperative Printing and Publication Society Ltd. (1961)
  • Kolhapur Janata Central Cooperative Consumer Stores (1963)
  • Ratrndeep High school Ichalkaranji (1963)
  • Kolhapur Zilla Shetkari Veenkari Sahakari Soot Girani Ltd., Ichalkarnji (1968)
  • Night college of Arts and Commerce Kolhapur (1971)
  • Kolhapur Alumina Industry (1975)

Memorable Events

Receiving Highest Honor ‘Padma Shri’ at the hands of Late President of India Hon. Gyani Zail Singh

Late Shri Madhukarrao Chaudhari, Speaker of Parliament standing with great phasing personality, Padmashri Dr. Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar

Welcome of Late Prime Minister ‘Bharat Ratna’ Shree Rajiv Gandhi by, Padmashri Dr. Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar

Marching with Late Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Yashwantrao Chavan

Padmashri Dr. Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar in discussion with Late Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri. Shankarao Chavan

Grand welcome with friendly gesture of Hon. Late President of India Shri. R. Venkatraman on the occasion of Silver Jubilee of College of Commerce, Kolhapur

Our Founder President following the footsteps of Padma Bhushan Shri. Karmveer Bhaurao Patil, Founder Member of Rayat shikshan Sanstha