Born in Karajgaon, Shri G. U. Patankar’s life was greatly influenced by the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave. This was the reason that he returned to his motherland after getting his graduate degree in Agriculture Science from Nagpur and made it his workplace. In 1954, ‘Sarvoday Vidyalaya’ came into existence in direction to achieve the goal of fundamental education, which was based on the ideology of Gandhiji and Vinobaji. Saint Tukdoji Maharaj played an important role in the establishment of the organisation.
As the idea for a Vidyalaya was taking shape in the mind of Shri Patankar, there were no facilities for education in the region. The villagers earned their livelihood from agriculture and that too not for 12 months of the year. The villagers were ignorant about sanitation activities, which led to poor sanitation habits in the village. Moreover, the villagers were addicted causing
poor lifestyle among the people. There was huge scope for work in various areas but resources were very limited in comparison to the amount of work. In spite of all this, the institution made work in areas of fundamental education, de-addiction, sanitation, agriculture, animal husbandry and village industries as its major objectives.
In the initial stages, the Vidyalaya was started in the house and land of Shri Patankarji. After sometime, motivated by the ideology of Gandhiji, wife of Shri Jaynarayan Huksar, Shrimati Jaibanti Devi Huksar along with financial support from her uncle Swami Saachidanandji, purchased 4-5 acres of land in the village and the Gandhi-Huksar trust was established. With the financial support from the trust and other sources, four bhawans Vidyalaya Bhawan, Workers Residence, Udyog Bhawan and cowshed were constructed. From the year 1958, the Sarvoday Vidyalaya started operating from these bhawans.
The work done by the institution was greatly influenced by Gram Swaraj and Bhu-dan movement of Gandhiji and Vinobaji. Sarvoday Vidyalaya started efforts towards providing education in accordance with primary education pattern. The teaching style in the Vidyalaya was designed to enhance optimum development in the students. In this regard, intellectual education was combined with physical labour. After joining the Vidyalaya, the students first started to take care of personal hygiene and community based sanitation practices. Under this, the students also participated in the village level sanitation drives. Physical labour was an essential part of the education. This included farming, farming related science and technology and training to make Cow dung fertilizer (compost) was provided under agriculture and animal husbandry education. After all this the intellectual based education was provided. As it was a rural and tribal area, addiction was a major societal evil here. On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, 1954, the institution started Sharabbandi programme (curbing liquor habits) and now the area is completely de-addicted. Apart from this, work on elimination of untouchability and adult education was also carried out. In this way, the institution made constructive efforts towards the educational, economic and social upliftment of the area and also received positive results.
The institution operating from 1954 was registered in the year 1967 under Madhya Pradesh Society Registration Act 1959 (No. 1 of 1960). Jaynarayan Sarvoday Vidyalaya Samiti is since actively engaged in educational, economic and social development.