The origin of the Ritambhara Vishva Vidyapeeth can be traced to the establishment of “Shaktidal” in 1953 by Padma Bhushan, Late (Smt.) Poornimaben Pakvasa.
Inspired by Gandhiji, “Shaktidal” was a movement for the empowerment of women, especially the tribal women.
It established Smt. Rukshmaniben Dipchand Gardi Kanya Vidya Mandir with two kanya chatralayas at Saputara in the Dang District of Gujarat.
Today it houses more than 1050 tribal girls – providing free boarding, lodging and education upto Std. XII. In 1980, “Shaktidal” was transformed in to Riambhara Vishva Vidyapeeth.
This trust acquired 12,000 sq. Meters of land in J.V.P.D. Scheme, Vile Parle (West), Mumbai.
Today it is teeming with educational activities with a reputed English Medium, R.N. Shah High School (Established in 1990 with liberal donations from Shri Pravinbhai R. Shah in memory of his father) with a current student strength of about 1800 and Malini Kishor Sanghvi Junior and Degree Colleges with a combined student strength of about 5500.
Today, apart from M.K. Sanghvi College of Commerce & Economics and R.N. Shah High School, both at Mumbai, Ritambhara Vishva Vidyapeeth (RVV – our parent body) has a huge educational and residential complex at Saputara, a hilly and tribal area, in Dist. Dang, Gujrat.
They are also provided with training in traditional crafts and trades like manufacture of incense sticks, honey etc., and training in Yoga, meditation and self – defence. Not restricted to this, RVV has constructed Community Halls and temples for many villages at Saputara and maintained contact with the tribals to motivate them to educate their children.
The entire expenditure of this effort is borne by our parent body.
Needless to say, this endeavour has not gone un-noticed and has attracted prominent personalities like honourable ex-president Late Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Ex-Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Ex-Defense Minister Shri George Fernandes, Ex – Home Minister Shri L.K. Advani etc.
Who have visited the Saputara complex, and complimented the commendable and selfless work done by Ritambhara Vishva Vidyapeeth and its Chairperson Padma Bhushan Smt. Poornimaben Pakvasa. The Government of India recognised her work in 2005 by honouring her with the Padma – Bhushan.