Shri Vanraj Arts and Commerce College, managed by Shri M.S.V.S. Kelavani Mandal, Dharampur has earned its fame as a reputed academic institution imparting higher education in the tribal area of Dharampur. Late Shri Nanubhai Maganlal Desai, the founder of this college and his followers together undertook the responsibility of imparting higher education to poor boys and girls of this backward area. It was a tough task to establish and run an academic institution in the total absence of any financial help. A lot of talented Adivasi boys and girls were deprived of higher education due to their poor condition. Late Shri Nanubhai Maganlal Desai was very deeply concerned with this problem and as a result, he started Shri Vanraj Arts and Commerce College in June 1984 having only the strength of 251 students. At present the academic and co curricular activities are taking place in an organized way in this college and the response of the students is immense. We are proud that many of our students have moulded excellent academic career and are employed in defence, paramilitary and other civil services. The educated students of our college have created remarkable impact on the socio-economic status of the tribal community. Throughout its journey, the institution has proved to be a decisive factor for the physical and mental growth of tribal students of this area. This institution has provided ample opportunities to students to excel in curricular and in co curricular activities like sports, NSS, NCC, cultural etc. Our students are always ahead in sports and cultural events organized by Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat.
In the scarcity of P.G. centres in South Gujarat, our college is unique in the sense that it runs maximum Post Graduation centres in the subjects of English, Hindi, Gujarati, Sanskrit, Economics and Sociology and thus it helps the maximum students who are deprived of higher education in different disciplines, develop bright academic career.
In addition to this the college also run BAOU Study Centre to cater educational needs of the society at large. The centre offers various degree courses of disciplines like Arts, Commerce, Computer Education, Management, Social Welfare and many more. Students, after obtaining their basic degree in this centre, can pursue for a higher degree at other places. Beside this BAOU provides higher education even to those people who have not obtained any degree or who have not completed even their school education. This has been highly beneficial to the people of Dharampur and surrounding area . This centre enables the in-service people to raise their professional status. The BAOU Centre is a blessing to the housewives of tribal community who can pursue their educational studies parallel to their domestic duties and the farming tasks.
Our students come from interior tribal areas around Dharampur taluka . Many of them are the victims of malnutrition. So we run a canteen in which nutritious food is provided them at maximum concessional price.
The overall achievements of our students have made the institution proud. The increasing strength of students every year reflects the spread of education in tribal society. The full-fledge development of the institution makes it a landmark in the field of education in South Gujarat. Ultimately, the education imparted in our college help students inculcate moral values, ethics and sense of responsibility towards society and our nation.