Pune is the second largest city of Maharashtra and also an educational hub. Students from across the country come to Pune for education. However, very few that Pune has been the promoter of education for decades.
This Thursday, we dig some interesting annals about India’s first school for girls.
At the time when it was believed that education is not for girls, Savitribai Phule and her associate, Fatima Begum, commenced the first-ever school for girls on January 1, 1848, at Bhide Wada. With an aim to free girls from social slavery and ignorance, this school was started.
Bhide Wada is also a witness of opposition and even abuse that Savitribai Phule had to face while starting this school. The building was named ‘Bhide School’, after the owner of the property, Tatyarao Bhide. Savitribai Phule started running this school along with her radical social reformer husband Mahatma Jyotiba Phule.
Bhide Wada had been the center of girls' education for a very long time. Unfortunately, over the years, it faced the ignorance of government and now it is on the stage of demolishment.
Some years back, the 2,500-square- foot wada was sold to the Pune Merchants Cooperative Bank. Later, it was further sold to Mantru Kishor Associates, who plan to build a commercial and residential complex on the land.
Some organizations and over 500 Anganwadi teachers demonstrated in front of the Pune Municipal Corporation to demand the national heritage status for the school in the memory of Savitribai.
Following the voice, the Dagadusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust came forward and offered their help to include Bhide Wada in the heritage list and proposed to convert the wada into a library and build a memorial for Savitribai.
The demands had been submitted to the Maharashtra state government but no final decision has been taken yet!
Well, we just hope before this precious heritage site gets ruined, the government takes some necessary steps to preserve it for our future generations.
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