The Dombivli Shikshan Prasarak Mandal was established in 1972 by twenty five elite citizens of Dombivli representing different walks of life. Mandal was registered under Public Charitable Trust Act (No. MAH/301/Thane-F-222 Thane Dt. 6-9-1972). They had a vision of founding an ideal institution for spreading knowledge in the city of Dombivli and villages in its vicinity which is evident from the name of the Mandal ‘Dombivli Shikshan Prasarak Mandal’ i.e. the body formed by the citizens of Dombivli for the spread of education.
Though at present there are a number of schools and colleges in Dombivli catering to the needs of the students in the city and the surrounding villages, the scenario was quite different forty three years back. There was not a single Degree College in the city. The students from Dombivli and surrounding rural area had to commute to Thane and Mumbai for higher education. Travelling by local trains was a time consuming and risky task. K. V. Pendharkar College is the first degree college of its kind in the city of Dombivli. Therefore it can certainly claim the credit for fulfilling the academic needs of the youth in the city and the nearby villages.
K. V. Pendharkar College started in 1979. The Dombivli Shikshan Prasarak Mandal was first ever body to make a venture of founding a full-fledged Arts, Science and Commerce College at degree level. Messer’s Pendharkar brothers of the Vicco Laboratories generously donated handsome amount for the construction of the college building. As a token of gratitude it was decided to name the college after their father, late Mr. Keshav Vishnu Pendharkar.
This year mandal has completed glorious 45 years with its commitment towards academic excellence, overall development of students and social responsibility.