Endowed with a gift of good academic career, C. S. Deshpande completed his Inter Science Examination in 1950 from Willingdon College, Sangli with a spectacular performance by standing FIRST in the University, winning all the University prizes and scholarships in all the subjects and creating records in Mathematics and in Aggregate total marks. (The 2nd rank student was behind him by as many as 70 marks i.e. by 10%). After completing his B.E. (Electronics and Telecom.) from the College of Engineering, Pune, he joined the prestigious T.I.F.R. (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) in 1954 as a research scholar in Nuclear Particle Accelerator Section. His name was specially recommended by his principal to Dr. Homi J Bhabha, the noted scientist and the founder of TIFR In the following year, he appeared at the I.E.S. ( Indian Engineering Services) Examination and secured the top rank in this All India Competitive examination. He was posted in the I.R.S.E. (Indian Railway)
Service of Engineers) as a Class I gazetted officer and worked in the Railway Electrification project at Calcutta for a few years. During this period, he developed personal contacts with several leading engineers in the country and the top engineering teachers in various reputed institutes like I.I.T.’s, B.H.U, Roorkee Engg. University, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta and above all, Sir C.V. Raman, the great scientist and Nobel Laureate. While working as a Railway Electrification Engineer, he realized that his intrinsic interest was in the field of teaching and writing Mathematics and Mathematical Engineering Subjects. This realization led to a painful internal conflict between treading a conventional path of continuing with the coveted Govt. Class I service and an unconventional risk of walking out of such secure civil service and undertake a struggle of establishing his own institute for teaching, writing and publishing.
Eventually, he did take the unconventional decision of resigning from the prestigious I.R.S.E. to return to Bombay to start his own academic institute. On the auspicious day of DASARA in OCT. 1960, he launched his own A.M.I.E. classes in a rented school class room. That was the modest beginning of Vidyalankar in the Shardashram school of Dadar. After operating from another school at Matunga (West) for one year and yet another at Mahim for next two years, in May 64 Vidyalankar could afford its own rented premises at Mahim and finally in 1974 it arrived at ‘PEARL CENTRE’, its present premises in DADAR.
Thus, the Basic objective of establishing this Institute was neither commercial nor merely to earn a livelihood. The Basic Objective was to satisfy the inner urge of dedicating oneself to the sincere academic pursuit and to guide the eager young students with a missionary zeal, to enhance their worthiness and imbibe the nobler values of life in their receptive minds not by empty words but by one’s own example.
Mr. Vishwas Deshpande has been a thorough student of Vidyalankar and like his father has been a merit holder all his academic life. He secured a high merit rank in his H.S.C exam and was first in the merit list of engineering admissions of V.J.T.I. After his B.E from V.J.T.I., he went to U.S.A to complete his M.S from Maryland College Park and came back armed with a youthful vision and passion like his father.
Mrs. Rashmi Deshpande, daughter of C.S Deshpande, also has been dedicated to the progress of Vidyalankar. After her M.Sc. from Mumbai University, she went to U.S.A for higher education and completed her M.B.A. She then returned in 1996 and took over a part of the management at Vidyalankar.
Mrs. Namrata Deshpande, wife of Vishwas Deshpande, also joined the family business and helped developing it further. Namrata has done her M.M.S from Jamnalal Bajaj Insitute of Mgmt. Studies, Mumbai and has joined the administration of Vidyalankar group, as a fulltime partner.
Mr. Avinash Chatorikar after completing his B.Tech from U.D.C.T in 1987 went on to do his M.Tech from I.I.T, Mumbai. Passionate about studying further, he completed his M.S in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, U.S.A. After returning back to India, Avinash chose to join the institute as a partner.
We exist to serve our students. While we do pay attention to competitors, we firmly believe that leadership will be achieved and sustained by obsessing over students, not competitors. Every business decision made must be for the benefit of our students.
We set the highest standards for ourselves – even if it seems unreasonable, even if it is exhausting. This often means being data driven, paying attention to the details and actively seeking criticism to improve our work and ourselves.
We have a bias for action and believe in intelligent risk taking. Most decisions can be reversed if they turn out to be sub optimal. We also learn from experience and have an aversion to making the same mistake twice.
Curiosity enables us to dig deep into challenges. It also prevents us from stagnating as it pushes us to think about why things are the way they are and drives us to improve on them.
We will not rest till we positively impact the lives of each individual. For this, we must think of solutions that scale and solutions that deliver value in the long term.
Our employees are our greatest strength. We hire and develop them smartly. We train people regularly, push them to do great work and support them relentlessly to help them achieve their professional goals.
For over 5 decades Vidyalankar has been a guiding light and an inspiration. It has been churning students to reach new heights. The Vidyalankar logo is an essential part of not only the institution but also the students’ who have put their trust in this institution. Since its inception in 1960, the Vidyalankar logo has been the guide to motivation and a symbol to look forward to every new day. Vidyalankar’s aim has always been to be the best in the field of education and to match international standards and the logo is an extension of our aim.
The red colour in the logo depicts the zest to meet challenges head-on and overcome the obstacles in our way. Vidyalankar continuously aims to be the leaders in the field of education.
The red circle depicts a “rising sun”, marking a new era in the field of education. It also symbolizes a guiding light to its students.
The sun gives light to the whole world and Vidyalankar sheds light to the various careers and courses giving to the students, so that they can choose a career or course of their choice. Vidyalankar written in black calligraphic font symbolizes the subtleness and the aggression of the institute to be on top.
The line “Be sure with” is a very integral part of the logo; it reminds us that Vidyalankar is responsible to churn out not good but brilliant citizens when they face challenges in their life. As a student and a parent, it’s a re-assuring that they are in the hands of the leaders and we will make our students do their best.
The red box around the whole unit gives the logo a corporate look so that it is recognized internationally as in step with times. The box strongly symbolizes that everything that a student needs is all here at Vidyalankar.