Mahatma Phule encouraged the social awareness movement through the spread of education. The same thought was pursued by the great thinker reformers like His Highness Rajarshee Shahu Maharaj, His Highness Shreemant Sayajirao Gaikwad Maharaj, Maharshee Vitthal Ramji Shinde, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Dr. Karmveer Bhaurao Patil, Dr. Punjabrao Deshmukh and others.
All India Maratha Education Conference was organized in Nashik in 1913, where His Highness Shreemant Udojirao Pawar of Dhar Residency donated Rs.10,000/- to the Institution, strengthening its foundation. In order to stabilize the work of the Institution, His Highness started a grant of Rs. 2,000/- per annum. Rajarshee Shahu Maharaj donated Rs.15,000/-, Shreemant Sayajirao Gaikwad Maharaj Rs.12000/-, His Highness Shreemant Madhavrao Maharaj of Gwalior Residency Rs. 10,000/-, the then industrialist Pandurang Javaji Chaudhari of Bombay Rs. 3000/- so as to enable the Institution to expand its educational work.
“Bahujan Hitaya, Bahujan Sukhaya”
“For the Welfare and Happiness of the common Masses” is the motto of the Institution.
Inspired by this motto, the social workers like Shankarrao Kadam Kanaladkar, Bhausaheb Hiray, Kakasaheb Wagh, and Annasaheb Murkute came forward. The institution gained name and fame in a short time due to its well organized and disciplined planning as well as implementation, of various educational schemes. Since various donors and social workers belonging to various places generously helped, the institution began to flourish and blossom.
MVP Samaj manages more than 340 educational & professional institutions. The spectrum of educational institution encompasses Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Graduate & Postgraduate conventional Colleges, Professional & Vocational Colleges. The total strength of students in various institutions of MVP is over 1,77,344.
The year 1964 was celebrated as the Golden Jubilee year of MVP Samaj and the year 2014 was celebrated as the centenary. The institution has developed extensively both in quality and quantity over the years. The contribution and devotion of ex-officios and in-officios along with the members of the Managing Council have made this possible.
The Government of Maharashtra felicitated the Institution by giving State Award in recognition to the educational and social work carried out. Recently Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik honoured the institution by giving it ‘Punjabrao Deshmukh Award’. Maratha Vidya Prasarak Samaj organized 78th Akhil Bartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan on its campus in 2004.