Shri Shahu Chhatrapati Shikshan Sanstha's Shri Shahaji Chhatrapati Mahavidyalaya was established in the year 1971. Since the inception of the college, the Management has been carrying forward the proceedings both in Academic and Administrative Sections with certain aims and policies. The then M.L.A. Late. Hon. Shripatrao Bondre's (Dada) progressive thoughts proved extremely crucial in establishing the college. In fact, Bondre (Dada) had created his own image of respect and honour in the Kolhapur's social, political, economic life of the people. He adhered to and implemented very significantly and necessarily the thoughts of Mahatma Phule, Rajarshee Chh. Shahu Maharaj, Vitthal Ramji Shinde, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Late Yashwantrao Chavan, Vasantrao Naik etc. Late Shripatrao Dada upheld the principle in life that the foundation of politics should socialization in terms of going to the doors of the common people, considering their problems and difficulties and solving them immediately. Naturally, he emphasized on spreading the education to the masses, making them easy to come in the main stream of the society. Hence, 'Education for All' has been the noble principle adopted from the beginning of the college.
Very soon Shri Shahaji Chhatrapati Mahavidyalaya will be completing 50 years of establishment, viz, will be celebrating the Golden Jubilee of its establishment. During such long span of time, the education and different courses at Junior, Senior, Post Graduation levels have been tried to be students' centred consistently. We sense drastic chenges in the traditional methods of imparting knowledge and education and the trend of Globalization has left distinct impacts and influences on the lives of the people.
Prioritily new streams of knowledge and skill based courses pertaining to professions and business are being implemented keenly. In a sense, efforts are being made to mould the students to become self reliant in terms of thoughts and distinctive individuals. Besides the Arts, Commerce, Science streams; as many as eight different skilled based courses of the Adult and Continuing Courses Centre of Shivaji University are being rigourously conducted in the college.
Similarly for girls' personality and overall development various programmes and activities in terms of tailoring, shaping the images, singing, dance, fashion designing, cooking etc. are being conducted. After graduation student should be able to acquired the skills correlating to their jobs and professions is the sole purpose of education imparted here.
Our college is central place of Learning Centre where the students from adjacent villages and towns throng. Because of Late Shripatrao Bondre's (Dada's) strict preaching, the atmosphere in our college is safe and secure for students, especially for girls. Therefore parents give priority for admission for their children in our college.
In the Modern Time, the participation and contribution of the alumni is proving to be very important. There is golden and glorious tradition of alumni in our college. The former students of this college are seen working in various fields of life, likewise Hon. Ajit Pawar, Former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Hon. Kakaso Patil, Hon. Vilas Patil in Political Field; Respected Dnyaneshwar Mule, Respected Bhushan Gagrani in Administrative service. Similarly a number of alumni are active in Cultural, Arts, Sports fields. They have added to the glory of the college. To bring them together in college, Shahaji Alumni Association has been founded and registered.
Our college is one of the reputed colleges in Kolhapur. Especially, the students who get admission here are disciplined, studious and progressing in life as per the aims and objectives and policies of the College and Sanstha. Naturally, alongwith education, merit etc. the students also learn here as how to be good citizens of country. We are proud of students and thereby the citizens.
It is said that to give whirl to any establishment and proceed on the path of progress; the leader must have vision and willingness to give right direction. All the leaders of our Shri Shahu Chhatrapati Shikshan Sanstha were closely associated with society and the common people. Especially, they were very keen that the people must be educated as "Education Alone Can Be Key of Progress and Development of Human Beings".
There are more than four thousand students receiving education in different branches of the college. Late Shripatrao Bondre (Dada) led the Sanstha for long duration. He was extremely keen that the students coming from poor families and farmers and deprived section of the society must learn here and be good social beings / citizens. The credit of Shri Shahaji Chhatrapati Mahavidyalaya as a reputed under Shivaji University Kolhapur goes primarily to Late Shripatrao Bondre (Dada) first.
At present following the suit of Late Shripatrao Bondre (Dada), his heirs Hon. Mansing Vijayrao Bondre, grandson has shouldered the responsibility of Chairman of Sanstha and Hon. Vijayrao Shripatrao Bondre, son has shouldered the responsibility the Secretary of the Sanstha. Along with them the Directors of the Sanstha, faculties and employees from administrative section of the college and the guardians, the alumni and the present learning students have been giving / offering their contribution positively to maintain the reputation of the Sanstha and College.