D.R.K. College of Commerce, Kolhapur

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About Institute

The Council of Education was established under the auspicious leadership of Late Dr. Ratnappa Kumbhar. We take pride in being guided by late Dr. Ratnappa Kumbhar, who was a reputed Freedom Fighter social reformer, notable senior political leader, and educationist and honored as “Sahakar Maharshee”. He was awarded by Doctorate by Poona University and Padmashree by Government of India.

At present, the Council of Education runs the following colleges

  • Shahaji Law College (Estd.1933)
  • D.R.K. College of Commerce (Estd.1957)
  • Night College of Arts and Commerce (Estd.1971)

In the western region of Maharashtra, the council of Education played a pioneering role in imparting education in Law, Commerce and Management to tap the talent from this area. D.R.K. College was established in 1957 when there was no commerce college from Pune to Belgaum. M.B.A. Courses started in 1971 because there was no management education available in this area.

D.R.K. College of Commerce is in the heart of city and equipped with excellent infrastructure and facilities. It is one of the reputed single faculty Commerce College in this region.

The college started enrolling 135 students in an old building known as "Paha building". At present H.S.C (General and M.C.V.C), B. Com., M. Com., BBA and MBA classes run in this college. BBA started in the year 2006 as it was need of society. A strength of more than 5230 students today happens to be the pride of the institute. Day by day the strength of girl students has increased from 4 to 2700 during last five decades. Approximately 60 percent of the strength comprises of girls in this college.

During the 1970's there was crucial need for professionally educated personnel from the developing industrial sector. Such facilities were not available in this region. To cater to the needs of the society, the Council of Education started the post graduate course of Management (M.B.A.) in 1971 without monetary consideration.

In addition to this the college has been recognized for their valuable contribution to conduct classes of C.A., C.S., C.M.A. from 2003.

The college is an approved center for National level Professional examination like C.A., C.M.A and ICFAL.

The College has provided a favorable environment for candidate coming from Kolhapur and as well as the neighboring districts like Sangali, Satara, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Solapur.

After a difficult path and strong efforts to sustain the college celebrated the Silver Jubilee in 1985. There was a 3-day celebration organized by the institution which comprised of multiple colorful & attractive programs This program was graced by our loving Vice President of India Honorable late Shri Venkatraman. On this auspicious day the institute was named as Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar college of Commerce. On the same day the computer department was inaugurated in the presence of Honorable Ex. Vice President of India Late Shri B. D. Jatti. The alumni association had organized a program to celebrate the Silver Jubilee marking the completion of 25 successful years. During the due course we propose to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and mark the historic completion of successful years of glory. The institute has been a remarkable asset and its contribution is noteworthy towards the development of society.

Silver Jubilee

The college celebrated Silver Jubilee in 1985. The programme consisting of various attractive sessions was organized for full 3 days. It was graced by the then Vice President of India Honorable Shri Venkatraman. The college was renamed as Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar College of Commerce on this occasion. The Computer Department was inaugurated on the same occasion in the presence of Honorable Ex-Vice President of India Late Shri B. D. Jatti. The Past Students Association was formed, they arranged a program a full session as a part of the Silver Jubilee. We propose to celebrate Golden Jubilee also in due course.

Golden Jubilee

Shri K.D. Kamat Ex- President (Council of Education) honoring Nikanth Kalyani Founder Member of Kalyani Forge on the eve of 2nd death anniversary of Padmashree Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbar.

Inaugural Ceremony of Boys Hostel by Late Vice- President of India- Shri B.D. Jatti

Foundation Ceremony of Multipurpose Hall by then Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University, Kolhapur

Rajanitai Magdum, daughter of Deshbhakt Ratnappa Kumbhar with Shri Ashok Chavan – Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra sharing views about the education facilities provided by the council of education