Tolani Commerce College, a dream and brain child of Rev. Kaka P.S.Tolani, founder president of Gandhidham Collegiate Board running its 30th academic year 2003-04.
The History of its last 30 years unfolds the ups and downs of the academy and reminisces. The welcome address by Rev. Kaka Tolani on the inauguration of Tolani Commerce College in 1973, where he had stated, “Friends this is not all. We do not believe in haphazard planning or merely constructing half a dozen or a dozen buildings to house the institutions. In fact our aim is to make Adipur a centre of attraction in the field of higher education, with as many educational institutions as would, and in due course, establish a small university.
There were not mere words spoken by the great man, but efforts have been made to realize his dream in to reality by late Kaka`s able, efficient, devotee, torchbearer daughters and the present president of Gandhidham collegiate board, Ms. Jamvanti H. Kanal and acting president Ms. Anjana Hazare.
Today the “Vidya Mandir” not only consists of enormous skeletons of many colleges and institutions but has become a “Mandir” to impart knowledge and would the future of the coming generations.
Established in 1973 with 150 Students on roll, Tolani Commerce College, today has the largest number of students enrolled in single faculty, in whole of the “Vidya Mandir” Campus in commerce faculty total number of students admitted for academic year 2002-03 is 2087 at under graduate and 200 at post graduate level.
Though the stepping stone to the institution started with principal subject
Advanced Accountancy & Auditing and one subsidiary subject of Secretarial Practice in 1973, today it has accelerated the space of success and now offers a various subsidiary subjects like Secretarial Practice, Advance Business Management, Advance Statistics and Computer in Business Operation with Advanced Accountancy as principal subject to facilitate and provide wide range of choice not only to students but also to meet the need of the day.
In the year 1984 one more feather in the cap was added by bringing a recognize coaching centre of the institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India – Kolkata for professional course of I.C.W.A. The regular coaching in provided for two groups of intermediate after graduation. And another star added was the post graduate section M-Com., (Costing) in June 1988 affiliated to Gujarat University.
Tolani Commerce College has got the permission of recognized Coaching centre of C.A. it provides regular coaching centre with foundation course (PE-I) and two groups of intermediate course (PE-II) after graduation. Our college also get opportunity to serve the open University courses like INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY and Dr. BABA SAHIB AMBEDKER OPEN UNIVERSITY with various courses like CIC, BCA, MCA, MBA, B.ED. B.A., B.COM. M.A. and various certificate and diploma courses in management.
In the year 2005, Tolani Commerce College has taken permission to start three career oriented courses under C.O.C. scheme of UGC. At present college running one Certificate Course and one Diploma Course in Foreign Trade under C.O.C. which is joinly approved by UGC and KSKV Kachch University. The basic objective behind the above course is to give practical knowledge based education to local youth for growing Export-Import related industries in Kandla Complex and Kachchh.
Along with the increase in number of students and optional subjects the faculty and other staff has also increased. Presently there are 20 regular full time and part time faculty and 3 visiting faculty members, 9 administrative and 10 service staff members working.
The infrastructure at the time of establishment in 1973 consisted of the college buildings including four classrooms and an administrative block. But with passing years in accordance with the increasing numbers of students subsequently three big classrooms were added in June 1990, a well equipped library and reading room were added in oct. 1994 and further two big classrooms in 1997.
Today the college has 9 big classrooms, a library in housing more than 10000 volumes of books and journals, an updated computer center and a big staff common room, chamber of the office Superintendent, administrative block, Principal’s chamber and other necessary infrastructure facilities to accommodate 2250students.There was also structure having five classrooms damaged in the earthquake. The structure is demolished and new wing is being added with the financial aid of the Times Foundation which includes additional facilities like audio visual hall, boys and girls common rooms in addition to the classrooms.
The funds for construction and running all such units are made available by University Grant Commission, Developments Grants and Gandhidham Collegiate board through which the college has equipped itself with latest equipment like photo copier machine, T.V., V.C.R. for educational films, overhead projector, computers for training to students, computers for administrative wing, library, examination units, and modern equipments like intercom system, electronic typewriter and multimedia system.
The credit and success of the college –to a great extant goes to the founder Principal Mrs. C.M. Jaisinghani under whose able leadership the college has efficiently run for a long span of 24 years, retiring in June 1997. Mrs. Jaisinghani has left fond memories and footsteps for a bright prospective for the students.
Once a dream of Rev. Kaka P.S. Tolani – Commerce College today stands and notifies its glories success under the leadership of existing President Mrs. Jamvanti H. Kanal and Acting President Mrs. Anjana Hazare – Gandhidham Collegiate Board. The Campus, “Vidya Mandir” may soon cross the mile stone and become a University