Br. Balasaheb Khardekar College is the pride of Vengurla which is situated at the entrance of Vengurla City of Sindhudurg district. Sindhudurg is south end of state of Maharashtra that is bounded by Sahyadri mountain ranges on the east and Arabian Sea on the west. The Vengurla city is just 22 km away from the National Highway No. 17 which is known as Bombay to Goa Highway. Educationally the district was backward even up to 1960s.
To uplift the youth of this region socially and to make them educated in real sense, Late Principal M. R. Desai and Late. Barrister Balasaheb Khardekaropened this college at Vengurla in June 1961 under the management of Shikshan Prasarak Mandal Kolhapur.
Earlier this college was known as Vengurla College. After the last breath of Barrister Balasaheb Khardekar this college renamed as Barrister Balasaheb Khardekar College in 1963.
After 15 years of the establishment of this college, in 1975 it was accompanied by Junior wing in Arts and Commerce, which extended by the Science wing in 1983. From 1965 to 1974 this college was affiliated to Shivaji University, Kolhapur and then to the Oldest and Prestigious University of Mumbai.
In 1991 Vocational courses on Minimum Competency base (MCVC) were started in the college for Junior level so that the students can make self-employment.
It was the same year in which First Study Center of Yashvantarao Chavan Maharashtra Open University; Nashik is inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ram Takawale of the same University in this college in the presence of Principal M. R. Desai. The basic purpose of this study center was to provide the education to the people who could not and cannot attend the Regular College.
In spite of having all the streams in the college there was the pressing need of Science stream to the students who were migrating to either Mumbai or nearby cities to get Scienceeducation at degree level. Therefore Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Kolhapur started the Science stream (B. Sc.) in 1992.
Shikshan Prasarak Mandal – the educational institution was founded by Barrister Balasaheb Khardekar and Principal M.R. Desai. Both Barrister Balasaheb Khardekar and Prin. M.R. Desai were veteran educationalists. Prin. M.R. Desai was Sanskrit scholar whose commentaries on Maha-Bharat, Patanjali, Yogashutra, and Ramayana have been widely acclaimed. Government of Maharashtra honored Prin. M.R. Desai for his outstanding contribution.
After the sad demise of Hon. Principal M. R. Desai, the responsibilities came on the shoulders of his son Hon. Diliprao M Desai. Only because of his inspiration, our College started under graduate science wing in 1992. Hon. Diliprao Desai was eminent educationalist and Member of Legislative Assembly of Kolhapur Constituency. Unfortunately he passed away in early age.
After the sad demise of Hon. Diliprao M Desai the responsibility as a Secretary came to Hon. Prof. Jaykumar M. Desai. While acting as a Secretary he made lot of efforts in innovations and development of the whole institutions run by Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Kolhapur.
We are extremely proud to mention that our Institution awarded by “VanashriPuraskar” by the State Government of Maharashtra for making noble efforts towards the nature and its conservation. Our Hon. Secretary Prof. Jaykumar M. Desai insisted upon the hospitality of girl students henceforth the hostel for girls at Kolhapur and Vengurla have been approved by the UGC. Catering to the need of convent education our institute started an English Medium School at Vengurla.
Mr. Daulatrao J. Desai, Council Member and Dr. Manjiri J. Desai-More, Administrative Officer of Shikshan Prasarak Mandal committing hand to hand in the development of the institution.