In a small village, just off the Konkan coast nestled between a patch of hills you can hear the cackling of little children running home after school. Chikhalgaon, the birthplace of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak is also home to Lokmanya Sarvajanik Dharmaday Nyas (the Lokmanya Public Charitable Trust) that runs a day-boarding and residential school for over 450 children from in and around Chikhalgaon village.

Drawing from Tilak’s thoughts that education is the only foolproof path to development, a group of public spirited persons put their minds together and brought alive this Trust in 1982. Dr. Dandekar, Chairman and Managing Trustee, Lokmanya Public Charitable Trust and his wife Renu conducted their first class in a cowshed with a group of six children. Today the school is bustling with the energy of several children who master a state recognized Sr. Secondary Certificate course through books and life skill activities in engineering, environment, agriculture and animal husbandry. The vocational subjects have been meticulously picked to ensure that their learning would assure the student an opportunity to be self-employed anywhere and particularly in his/her own village.

Making the school the centre of development in the village, the Trust has engaged in developing the potential of locals to set milestones of development in the field of education, health and agriculture.

Like Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, we also believe that:

Material, spiritual and religious development of under-developed nations can be achieved through education alone. That only education will take the developing nations to the position of the advanced nations, through peaceful revolution. We have undertaken the mission of education with firm belief and faith that, education alone from the means available to the mankind, can help us uplift our nation”


Detail Information of Organization

Name of Organization Lokmanya Public Charitable Trust (Pune) (Lokmanya Sarvajanik Dharmaday Nyas – Pune)
Headquarters Dr. Rajaram Dandekar, President & TrusteeLoksadhana, Chikhalgaon, Tal. Dapoli
Dist. Ratnagiri – 415712, Maharashtra, INDIA
+91(2358) 239074, 239075, 205574/77
Dapoli Office Adv. Kaivalya Rajaram Dandekar,Honorary Secretary and Legal Advisor
‘Manva’, Family Mal, Dapoli.
Dist. Ratnagiri- 415 712
Maharashtra, INDIA
+91(2358) 282075
Pune Office Mr. Dilip Y Thosar,
Project Co-ordinator, 250/A/1
Shaniwar Peth, Flat # 2, First floor,
Opp. Gandhi Hospital,
Pune – 411 030,
Maharashtra, INDIA,

Established on August 1, 1982

Legal Status

Trust Registration No. E-808, Pune
Established on August 1, 1982
Date of Registration September 22, 1982
F.C.R.A. Registration No. 083930289
Date of F.C.R.A. Registration July 23, 1998
Income Tax Exempted u/c 80G