To be a knowledge mentor triggering original thinking in our students through a learning centered educational platform using innovative and experiential pedagogy and instill in our students and staff high ethical standards, accountability and proactive citizenship guided by a visionary leadership.
From 1963 till 2007, the Kannada Sangha, our parent body, established and ran our various educational institutes. With time we decided to go in for growth of our institutions in a different dimension and the need to have a common brand name to represent all our educational institutes was felt. In 2007 a decision was taken to establish ‘Kaveri Group of Institutues’ as brand name representing all the educational institutes of Kannada Sangha.
Under the visionary guidance of our founders: Late Dr. Shamarao Kalmadi – our chief mentor and Late Shri G.M. Shetty – who felt passionately about education, Kaveri Group of Institutes took shape over a span of nearly 50 years.
In 1952, a group of Kannadigas started the Kannada Sangha. The Sangha was then mainly a cultural organization. In 1963, the Kannada Sangha established the Karnatak High school, as a Kannada medium school for the children of poor migrants from Karnataka. It conducted classes in rented premises and in 1966 moved to its own premises on Ketkar Road, Erandwana, Pune.
Soon there was a demand for an English medium school and in 1971, the government of Maharashtra allowed the institution to start an English medium school on a “no grant” basis. The existing premise was extended by acquiring a plot adjacent to it and a new building constructed.
In 1989, Karnatak High School (English Medium) moved to a new campus in Ganeshnagar. In 1995, after the sad demise of Dr. Shamarao Kalmadi, Karnatak High School, both English and Kannada medium, were renamed Dr. Shamarao Kalmadi High School.
In 1996, Dr. Kalmadi Shamarao Junior College was started. In 2001 our pre-primary school moved to a separate campus and a new building on a plot near our Ganeshnagar campus. In 2001 a separate full fledged school was started in Aundh, providing education from pre-primary upto Std X under one roof.
The Kaveri College of Science and Commerce was started for undergraduate courses in science and commerce in 2005-2006. In 2009 the secondary school moved to a completely new building on the Gansehnagar campus.
In 2011, Kaveri College of Science and Commerce got affiliation from the University of Pune to start M.C.A and M.Sc (computer science) post-graduate courses.
History in Photographs
One day, Dr. Shamarao Kalmadi, my father in law, was approached by his patients – mostly, poor migrants from Karnataka. They told him that the only Kannada medium school in Pune, a government school, was being closed, and asked for help. Overnight tables and chairs were gathered and a Kannada medium school was started in a rented premise with only 35 children. This is how Karnatak High School came into being in 1963.
Later when a new building was under construction for the English medium school, I remember my father in law, watering the building every day.
So for the Kannada Sangha, the Kaveri Group of Institutes means a lot. It documents how we evolved, it symbolizes the dreams of our founders and reflects our values, social responsibility and goals.” – Ms. Malati Kalmadi, Secretary, Kannada Sangha, Pune.