DDivekar College of Commerce has been a unique institution
since its inception. It was founded in June 1970 by the Kanara Welfare
Trust to offer quality commerce education to needy students in and
around Karwar, a port city in the forest district of Uttara Kannada.
It was the first college in Karwar offering commerce education.
It should also be noted that there was only one commerce college
in the entire Uttara Kannada district before the establishment of
Divekar College of Commerce. The College was established according
to the high standards and lofty ideals followed and set by Dr. Dinakar
Desai, a great visionary, poet, statesman, fighter for justice for
the poor ryots ,a great educationist and founder of the Kanara Welfare
Trust that runs it. Dr. Dinakar Desai, the president of Mumbai Branch
of Servants of India Society, founded the Kanara Welfare Trust and
went on establishing educational institutions (High Schools) in
the remote and backward parts of Uttara Kannada district for improving
the living standards of people by education and social service.
The institutions run by the KWT have made their mark in their respective
fields on the educational map of the district. It has been the constant
endeavor of the KWT to provide quality education in its institutions.
It is committed to provide adequate infrastructural facilities and
human resources like qualified teaching and administrative staff,
spacious and functional teaching blocks and other amenities. The
College was named after Dr. M. R . Divekar, a great philanthropist
who donated liberally for the establishment of the college. Divekar
College of Commerce is located on the most beautiful campus that
is surrounded by the perennial dark green Sahyadri or the Western
Ghat Forests and the blue water of the Arabian Sea and the Kali
River. The sun rising in the Sahyadri and setting in the Arabian
Sea creates myriad of colours on and around the campus.
Divekar College of Commerce grew
by leaps and bounds since its inception. Beginning with a modest
strength of 150 students, the college had the composite strength
of more than 700 students for over two decades before it was bifurcated
into Pre-University and Degree Colleges in 2oo1-02. The College
was run in a private building at the beginning. The foundation stone
for an independent college building and campus was laid on five
– acre plot in 1971. The KWT built a simple but magnificent
building within a year. Since then the college has been achieving
all round progress. Prof. G. V. Bhat, the founder principal of the
college dedicated his mind and body, heart and soul for the establishment
and development of the college. The College could have a deep and
far reaching image under his able leadership – both academic
and organizational. Prin. G. V. Bhat was assisted ably by Prof.
S. N. Nayak who became principal of the college after the retirement
of Prin. G. V. Bhat in 1994. The College management has provided
adequate infrastructural facilities such as an independent library
building, auditorium, playground, canteen building, principal’s
quarters, the guest house etc and maintained the policy of non –
interference in day – to – day academic administration.
Sri. S. P. Kamat, an eminent lawyer, noted philanthropist and educationist,
managing or associated with many educational and social service
organizations is the Chairman of the KWT and also the Governing
Body of the college. Sri Kamat, the Chairman has been a source of
inspiration for the staff and students for the constant pursuit
of excellence. He keeps visiting the college and enlightening students
with his vision and ideas.
The College has been known for its
amazing performance in both academic and extra-curricular activities.
It has secured ranks at degree examinations of Karnatak University,
Dharwad for around the last four decades. Our alumni hold prestigious
positions in the government and public limited companies, Indian
and foreign banks and insurance corporations. They have made their
names in professional fields like legal, chartered accountancy,
cost accountancy, taxation, teaching, management and entrepreneurship
and other fields. The excellence in the fields of curricular and
extracurricular activities is attributed to excellent, highly qualified,
meritorious, dedicated and committed teaching staff, administrative
staff and the management. The members of the teaching staff of the
college are creative, and innovative. They have published books
and articles, rendered consultancy services freely and acted as
visiting faculty members. Our teaching faculty comprises rank-holders,
first classes, 4Ph.D.s, and 4 M.Phil.s.
ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College administration has the
hierarchy of the Kanara Welfare Trust, Governing Body of the College,
Principal, Heads of the Departments, Office Superintendent and other
administrative and account staff. There are secretaries elected
from among students by students for the smooth conduct of extra
– curricular activities of students Union and Gymkhana. Meetings
with the members of the enlightened Management, frequent meetings
of different departments, feedback from the students, periodical
tests and examinations have enabled us to achieve excellence in
all of our endeavors