Sou Jayee Yashwantrao Mohite
Born in 1928, the daughter of Barrister Ramrao and Sashikala Deskmukh, she was a BSc in Botany and completed her BEd in Science and English. She taught at Our Lady of Dollors School, Mumbai, was the Chairperson of Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital, Mumbai, and the President of the Nursing Council of Maharashtra. She was part of the Social Welfare committee formulated by the government of Maharashtra and initiated the expansion of blood banks and the formation of an eye bank at Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Hospital, Mumbai. Mrs Mohite was a founder member, starting the Home Guards in Mumbai. It was her ambition to help rural students benefit from education in English, which is the language in which all competitive examinations across the country are held. This school was posthumously started in order to achieve this ambition.
Shri Yashwantrao Jijaba Mohite
Born in 1920 to Shri Madhavrao and Tarabai Mohite, and adopted by Barrister Jijaba and Tanibai Mohite, Yashwantrao Mohite participated in India’s freedom struggle, and was actively involved in politics through the Peasants and Workers Party. From 1952 to 1960 he represented Karad (South) in the legislative Assembly of Maharashtra and was responsible for historical decisions such as construction of the Koyana Dam and the formation of the State of Maharashtra as it exists today. From 1960 to 1980 he continued to represent the same constituency and was a Cabinet Minister with portfolios including Home, Agriculture, Housing, State Road Transport, Civil Supplies, Co-operation, and Finance. During this period he laid the basis of modern Maharashtra. From 1980 to 1985 he represented the constituency of Karad in Parliament. Some of his most well-known works include the formation of the MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation), the Housing Board Repairs Act, formation of the MIG Colonies and Slum Rehabilitation Program, formation of Agricultural Universities, the Home Guards, the Cotton Monopoly Scheme, the White Paper on the Development of Co-operation, and the Urban and Agricultural Land Ceiling Act. Known as the Father of the Modern Co-operative Movement, he is widely referred to through his writings and speeches. He believed in skills-based and practice-based education, and our Industrial Training Institute bears his name.