Dombivli Shikshan Prasrak 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). DombivliShikshanPrasarakMandal, has a creditable record in the field of education. Mandal took initiative in establishing a degree College in Dombivli and with the co-operation of local people started Arts, Science & Commerce College for providing higher educational facilities to the students of Dombivli city and the neighbouring area. The college started functioning from the academic year 1979-80. There was very encouraging response from the students and guardians since the inception of the college.
The founder members of the Mandal were inspired by the Vedic dictum "Tamaso-maa-jyotirgamaya” that is
“O! Lord lead us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge”
This is the motto of K. V. Pendharkar College, which has been inscribed clearly on its emblem. The logo also contains a peacock with its feathers spread and a lighted lamp inside a wheel. The webbed wheel symbolizes industry, which is the backbone of the economic development of our county. The peacock is the national bird of India. It is the vehicle of the Goddess Saraswati, the deity of learning and creativity in Indian Classical mythology.
The hundred eyes in the tail of the peacock represent the idea of eternal vigilance, one of the objectives of education, and the attribute of an intelligent, educated human being. The Lighted lamp stands for the spread of knowledge in all directions. Thus, both the peacock and the lamp express clearly the mission and the motto of K. V. Pendharkar College, that is, imparting of knowledge to all irrespective of caste and creed. The Mandal has worked ceaselessly on this mission and has created an enviable record in the domain of education in the town of Dombivli.
Dombivli Shikshan Prasrak Mandal's K.V. Pendharkar College of Arts, Science & Commerce has now completed thirty nine years of existence and is a full-fledged degree college imparting instructions upto final B.A., B.Com., B.Sc., B.M.S., B.Com.(B.&I.), B.Com.(Acc. &Fin.)., B.Sc.(I.T), B.Sc.(Comp.Sc.), B.Sc.(Biotechnology) and M.A.(Psychology), M.A.(History), M.Sc. (Chemistry by papers and by research), M.Sc. (Botany by research), M.Com. (Advanced Accountancy), M.Com. (Banking & Finance), M.Com.(BusinessManagement) and Ph.D. in Marathi, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology &Accountancy. The college is also given permanent affiliation by the University of Mumbai. DOMBIVLI SHIKSHAN PRASARAK MANDAL has planned various development programmes for the College and desires to build up an ideal educational complex in Dombivli.
At present in addition to the college the mandal is having two schools: Sister Nivedita English Medium School and PrabhakarDesai International School.
The college is situated on a spacious campus admeasuring 2.5 acres of land taken on long term lease from MIDC authorities. The college is situated just opposite MIDC office and is very close to the residential zone of Dombivli Industrial area. KDMT bus service is available from different parts of the city to the College.
On the auspicious day of GudhiPadwa shake 1903, 5th April, 1981, the new college building was formally inaugurated at the hands of eminent industrialist ShriViren Shah. As a token of Mandal’s gratitude for the generous donation given by Messers Pendharkar Brothers of Vicco Laboratories, the college has been named after SHREE KESHAV VISHNU PENDHARKAR to mark the memory of their late father.
At present, the college campus includes a building. The building is designed to cater to the needs of different activities such as teaching, library, office and
co-curricular activities. The college also provides canteen facility in its premises to the students and members of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college