Vashi: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Navi Mumbai Kendra at sector 30 A, near Vashi railway station was finally inaugurated on October 2, 2020 by I R Khandwala, trustee and hon. treasurer of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, after the Occupation Certificate was received from NMMC, in the gracious presence of the committee members and other dignitaries that included M.N. Ramchandra, Abhay Vedpathak and Jagdish Lakhani.

M N Ramchandra, in coming chairperson of the Kendra, welcomed the guests. I R Khandwal formally inaugurated the Kendra with blessings from all the trustees and the executive secretary Dastur. Harish Aiyer, hon. secretary presented a brief history of the Kendra and outlined the future plans.

The Kendra building has been designed by architect Sopan Prabhu and team. The entire project was closely monitored by M N Ramchandra and Baba Shah.

‘A historical event in the journey of Navi Mumbai Kendra which will facilitate blossoming of Kendra activities benefitting the residents of Navi Mumbai” expressed M N Ramchandra.

Dr A K Sengupta, the vice chairperson and hon. director for BVB’s K M Munshi Institute of Advanced Studies predicted “this Kendra is destined to become a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the galaxy of Bhavan’s institutions. I have been associated with the Navi Mumbai Kendra since the late 1990s.” “Working with the Kendra has made me appreciate the vast contribution of Bhavans in preserving the culture and history of India” said Dr Shanta Belavadi the erstwhile committee member.

Swaminathan the outgoing chairperson gave the credit for the Kendra to Harish Aiyer for overcoming hurdles and finally succeeding with construction of the building. Aparna, hon. treasurer and Rajshree, the erstwhile committee member called the inauguration a historical event and declared that they would strive to make the Kendra successful through educational, social and cultural activities which will benefit the people of Navi Mumbai. Bighna Nayak, Krishnakant Thakre, Dhagat, committee members expressed their happiness at the inauguration of the Kendra.

BVB was started by K M Munshi in 1938 under the guidance of Mahatma Gandhi for socio-cultural and educational activities. Bhavan has more than 90 kendras, schools, colleges all over India and has centres in London, New York, Sydney, Singapore and other places.

BVB is known for many educational Institutions of repute like SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Vadia Vacha School in Mumbai. Bhavans has over 750 educational institutions across the country.

In Navi Mumbai, BVB’s K M Munshi Institute of Advanced studies is being launched as an online training program with AICTE approval under All India Management Association. The programs are slated to start shortly. Those seeking admission can go to www.KMMIAS.org web site or write mail to Info@kmmias.org.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr Veena Adige, hon. joint secretary who remarked,” Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is an international organisation devoted to Indian culture and education. It is very prestigious that a kendra has been inaugurated in Navi Mumbai.”