Shivaji University, established in 1962, is named after the Great Maratha Warrior and founder of the Maratha empire Chhatrapati Shivaji. It was inaugurated on 18th November, 1962 by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India. One of the major objectives behind foundation of this University was to cater to the regional needs of South Maharashtr
Shri. Acharyaratna Deshbhushan Shikshan Prasarak Mandal started its work in the field of education with the foundation of Deshbhushan Vidya Mandir in 1963. Then the organisation decided to work in the field of higher education and `Kolhapur College was established in 1970 in city at Shri Jinsen Mahaswami Math (a hermitage).`The Kolhapur College was renamed as `Mahaveer Mahavidyalaya in 1975 at the time of Mahanirvana Mahotsava of Bhagwan Mahaveer. In 1974, the organisation purchased a premises of nearly 5 acres, which was then known as `Ichalkaranjikar Bungalow for the college. Now, this premises is known as `Vaishali Parisar. The college was shifted in this new premises in 1974. In memory of late Shri Baburao Mallappa Rote a generous lover of education, the Rote family donated Rs.1 lakh to the institution and B. M. Rote Junior College was started. Today, B. M. Rote Junior College has its own well furnished three storey building in the premises. Recently the organisation proposed to build a separate building spending Rs.1 Crore for the College. Apart from the old buildings, there is a separate library building known as Shrimati Rukhmini Mallappa Rote Granthalaya, Acharya Vidyanand Sanskriti Bhavan, a hostel building with 20 ground floor rooms, a gymkhana, a garden and playgrounds in this premises. College has propose to construct a separate building for girls hostel. University Grant Commission, New Delhi has sanctioned Rs. 80 lacks for the said project.
Now Mahaveer Mahavidyalaya is known as a developed college that acknowledges social commitment and involves in different activities. The College is always engaged in continuous efforts for the personality development of students through N.C.C. (Boys and Girls), N.S.S. (Four separate units), Maitreen Vyaspeeth, Pradnya Sanwardhan, Pradhyapak Prabodhini, Deshbhushan (our annual yearly publication), Computer Training, Parents Association, Krida Prabodhini, Entrepreneurship Development, Educational trips, Visits, Project Work, Competitive Examination Guidance Centre, Art Forum, Rotaract Club, Internal Examinations, Tutorials, Practicals, Audio-Visual Education, Study Centre of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Nashik, Alumni Organization, Network Rsource Centre with Broadband Connection, Granthvedh, Career Orientation Programme, etc.
We feel proud that our students are always ahead in University Examinations, Inter Zonal Sports Tournaments and N.C.C. activities and periodical writing competition.