Prior to 1961, Goa was home to very few institutions of higher education, forcing youngsters to move to neighbouring Maharashtra or Karnataka in order to pursue their studies beyond school level. The Liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule in 1961 opened up avenues for higher education and professional education in the State. Yet even one decade after Liberation, there were no facilities for Commerce education in South Goa.
In 1971, a group of young, enlightened professionals and entrepreneurs from Margao embarked upon a mission of empowering the youth in South Goa by bridging this glaring gap in higher education. They founded the Vidya Vikas Mandal – an educational society dedicated to the development of quality education. The Mandal was registered on August 1, 1971, a date chosen to coincide with the death anniversary of the venerable freedom fighter Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, who had been an eminent educationist. In 1973, the Mandal established its first institution – Shree Damodar College of Commerce & Economics – a college of commerce affiliated to the University of Bombay. With the establishment of Goa University in
1986, the College is now affiliated to Goa University.
“From small acorns do mighty oaks grow”; from this modest beginning, the Mandal soon grew into a premier educational society, managing educational institutions at all levels of learning – primary, secondary, tertiary and beyond.
Today, Vidya Vikas Mandal is a well-recognized and well-regarded leading educational society in Goa, having under its umbrella the following quality institutions:
1. VVM’s Shree Damodar College of Commerce & Economics
2. VVM’s Govind Ramnath Kare College of Law
3. VVM’s R. M. Salgaocar Higher Secondary School
4. VVM’s H. M. N. Gaunekar Institute of Management Training & Research
5. VVM’s Vidya Vikas Academy.